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Concerning Sam  by Kara's Aunty 5 Review(s)
GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/16/2009
Back again. Oh, that Merry is wicked to tease the poor cook so. I can just imagine Farlibar's horror when he is told who Merry is. That might just give him an apoplexy! And good of Merry to figure out what is bothering Sam, without Sam's help. Sam can be just as stubborn as Frodo ever was, and he wouldn't admit an more easily about what is bother him.

Author Reply: Hello GamgeeFest,
how absolutely lovely to have you back!

I think this chapter was my first ever attempt at some (very slight) literary humour - much needed as the rest of the fic is a little angsty. And who better to provide a little comic relief than our very own Brandybuck!

This chapter was difficult for me at the time; novice writer that I was then, I struggled with pov's a bit and the chapter always seems a bit patchy to me because of that.

But, thankfully, it doesn't seem to have marred your enjoyment, so thank you for R & R-ing, m'dear. It's very much appreciated!

M ;)

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/9/2008
It makes perfect sense that Sam would have a touch of PTSD as well and that it would come out at a time when he wasn't distracted by taking care of Frodo's. Darn that hobbit "fear to say too much" that plague them both. I hope Sam will overcome that as I hope Frodo did when he went West. No way am I going to miss the next chapter!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/8/2008
Yay for Merry figuring it out!!! Even if it weren't for the cliffie at the end of the chapter there would be no way for Sam to clam up about it now.

Merry blinked. “Well, that’s what I said, But she believes you to be a fully respectable Hobbit and won’t hear of me unduly influencing the Mayor into behaving like a drunken Bree-lander.” Merry paused. “Odd, though, she never warns me to behave myself around Pippin, and he’s the Thain.”

“And a lost cause?” suggested Sam.


The above made me sporfle. Very much.

I didn't even notice the POV changes--and there's absolutely nothing wrong with 3rd Person Omniscient anyway.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/8/2008
On you've done a wonderful job with Merry! Teasing the cook like that was amusing, but it didn't take his focus off his friend. Trust Merry to tumble very quickly to what's wrong with Sam.

I had no problem with the POV switch. I like multiple POVs in stories--I like seeing what different characters are thinking. It's not necessarily a flaw to shift POVs, as long as you don't do it in the middle of a sentence, LOL!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/7/2008
The chapter was great. POV's were handled well, I thought. I had no trouble with them.

And it was a good chapter too - though I seriously wanted to go out and find some good beef and mashed potatoes... sounded succulent!

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