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Tales from Tol EressŽa  by shirebound 16 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/12/2015
Becoming who we are instead of what circumstances made us -- maybe at time the hardest quest of all...

Author Reply: What a lovely thing to say.

Nieriel RainaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/25/2014
He was finally himself. Perhaps thatís what healing really was, when you came right down to it.

*swallows hard and wipes tears from eyes* Indeed.

Thank you. This touched me deeply.

Author Reply: Thank you, what a lovely thing to say.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/6/2012
I just picked Chapter 9 off of the new entry page. I realized it has been too long since I read anything by Shirebound, and, that I have not reviewed any of these lovely little gems, yet. Yes, I have read all of the discussions as to why it was unlikely any mortal hobbits could have lived long enough to have those grand reunions in the Undying Lands. But I simply prefer not to believe them! Admittedly, both sides of the questions have produced some beautiful, hope-filled stories. But if anyone deserves a bit of special intervention from the Valar and The One to whom the Valar could appeal, it would be these two who called out to Elbereth in the darkness of Cirith Ungol, and who were the special favorites of Yavanna, protector of growing things. There had to be some special dispensation available so that they could discover that beautiful beach together! ( By the way, you were one of the first authors whose stories I read seven years ago when I first discovered SOA. And your are still one of my most favorite! So good to see you are still writing.)

Author Reply: Thank you for your truly lovely comments! I'm happy to still be writing, and very honored and pleased you're still reading and enjoying these tales. It's very important to me to imagine the hobbits' new life in the West -- filled with peace, healing, friends, creativity, and joy.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/18/2008
I liked the notion of healing meaning to become one with oneself. And Sam learning to swim is just so - appropriate.

Author Reply: Thank you. I think Sam would continue to be wonderfully heart-wise for all of his days.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/29/2008
What a lovely, loving tale! Sam couldn't resist Frodo's eyes, and I doubt Frodo could resist Sam's, so knit they are.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Indeed, these two are forever-friends.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/14/2008
Lovely !You are making me yearn to visit the coast! I think I must have a bit of Elf in me as I suffer sea yearning!

Author Reply: Thanks, Linda. I hope you can visit the sea often in the years to come!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/5/2008
A beautiful and insightful look at our beloved Ring-bearers in the peace of Tol Eressa. It just shows Sam that it is never too late to learn something new.

I love your stories, Shirebound. They make me feel warm and happy.

Should have reviewed before but I'm having my time wasted most delightfully, watching a letter of kittens as they play and grow and explore their world.

Author Reply: Your *reviews* make me feel warm and happy, BB. Isn't it lovely to imagine Frodo and Sam like this?

New kittens!! I'm thrilled for you and your new 'family', and who knows what they might inspire you to write... :)

LilyReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/3/2008
The sea and it's magic. And of course Sam cannot resist Frodo :) Who could?

Author Reply: Frodo only grows more irresistible with time. :) Glad you enjoyed this, Lily!

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/2/2008
Dear Sam and water. I love this and it is so very much how I like to think of Frodo.

Author Reply: Even Sam has a few things left to learn in life to make him completely 'whole'. I love imagining these two continuing to share and teach one another.

GershwhenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/2/2008
You wrote, "He was finally himself. Perhaps thatís what healing really was, when you came right down to it." WOW, that really hit home. Your stories are always so emotional and touching, but Sam's view of the world really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing this scene and for making the beach (one of my favorite places in the world) such a great setting :-)

Author Reply: Frodo has grown in many ways, but so has Sam. I'm very happy this resonated so strongly with you.

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