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Ancestress  by Dreamflower 11 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/25/2011

I think my favorite part of this is the realization that, well...Gandalf is 'great-uncle' (with about a hundred grands thrown in, no doubt) to over half the Hobbit race, LOL!!!!!!! No wonder he's so interested in them! And it must have been quite a shock to Frodo and Bilbo, meeting "Grandmother" Adamanta!

So, is Gandalf introducing her as his sister in the fellow-Maia sense, or is she Gandalf's sister "in the Thought of Iluvatar" (as for instance Nienna is to Namo and Irmo, and as Rushirithir is Gandalf's brother in my last challenge fic?)


Author Reply: Yes, Bilbo and Frodo were quite flabbergasted by it all!

For my Gandalf and Mirime, it's the "fellow-Maia" sense. Yet I think they must've been very close friends for him to introduce her that way to Bilbo and Frodo.

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/4/2009
Yay! I always hoped someone would pick up that 'fairy wife' comment and do something with it. This is a very neat solution.

Author Reply: Thanks! Most of the explanations I have seen left me feeling they weren't quite right. I couldn't see an Elf/hobbit union, which tends to be one explanation, and I didn't really feel that the injection of RL fairy tale meythology quite fits M-e either. I hope this does the trick.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/27/2009
Wow, what a great explanation for the "fairy wife"! I'm glad I found this.

Author Reply: Thank you! *grin* I'm glad you found it too!

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/1/2009
How many "great"s go before that "Grandmother"! Wow! What a moment for Frodo and Bilbo! They might be well standing their speechless for years, mortal or not. ;) This is intriguing, and I'm very eager to see what happens next.

Author Reply: Probably more "greats" than even a hobbit like Bilbo could count!

I want to see what happens myself. As you see, another part is up. I have to make sure each part can be broken into 300 word chunks, LOL!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/24/2009
Wow, that must have been quite a shock for Frodo and Bilbo! Who would have thought that they would get to meet this mysterious fairy that once married into the Tooks? I think that story idea is quite unique. And Tūk looked a lot like Frodo? Then I'm not surprised she fell in love with him ;)

Author Reply: Or, you could say Frodo looked a lot like Tūk? LOL!

My idea is that Frodo managed to luck out in the gene pool--that somehow all those Fallohide genes that had been spread around amongst the Bagginses, Brandybucks, Tooks, Bolgers and Proudfoots, etc. somehow all came together in Frodo, making him a "throwback" to almost pure Fallohide. (Kind of like Faramir is somehow a "pure" Numenorean, in spite of other things in his ancestry.)

And I would guess that it *was* a shock for them. I don't suppose most hobbits believed the "Fairy Wife" was real.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/24/2009
Very clever! I like the transformation.

Author Reply: Thanks! I could just imagine her morphing in front of them, from a shining Maia to a hobbit matron.

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/23/2009
Oh, *that* is way too cool! How brilliant! It never would've occured to me that Adamanta could well be that special Elf maid who married a Took (Tuk). And that wonderful moment of Bilbo and Frodo meeting her eye to eye was quite beautiful with Gandalf being there to share in it. Brought everything from the prologue full circle to this moment. Very well done!

Author Reply: *grin* Thank you so much, dear!

I am going to try to continue this. It may take a while to do it all in 300 word chunks, though!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/23/2009
Another Diamond! How perfect. I love the idea of one of the Wise falling for the hobbits and marrying one, just like Melian with her Elf lord. Naturally - we all fall for those delightful hobbits.

Author Reply: Yes, just like Melian and her Elf. *grin*

Naturally - we all fall for those delightful hobbits.

Of course!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/23/2009
She took one step towards Frodo, staring at him in astonishment, and said: “Tūk? But his eyes were brown.”

How wonderful!

So Frodo and Bilbo get the chance to meet the legendary "fairy" - although she's not exactly a fairy, but a Maia.

And not only she recognises Frodo's similarities to Tūk, but also Frodo finds her "hobbity" features familiar. Whom does he recognise, I wonder? His grandmother? His mother? Or one of his aunts? It's all possible, for Mirime is related to them all. This is really fascinating :)

Author Reply: *grin* Yep! This bunny bit me in the middle of the night last night, and decided to just put itself ahead of everything else!

That's always been my theory about her! After all if Melian could fall for an Elf, why couldn't Mirime fall for a hobbit?

As to whom she resembles, my personal thought is Primula, but there will also be echoes of Esmeralda, Mirabella, Belladonna and others.

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/23/2009
Oh, this is SO cool! (And it explains to an extent what happened after Tuk died.) I imagine as hobbit afficionados Gandalf and Mirime would have had a lot in common, so it was nice to see her introduced as "sister." And of course the fact that she recognizes him immediately, and that Frodo and Bilbo just begin to pick up on something before she spills.

And I see you've introduced the non-brown eyecolor as well--it seems to fit in nicely with your descriptions of 3rd-Age hobbits since in Tolkien the races that are upper on the hierarchy tend to have dominant alleles.

More, please!

Author Reply: Yes, they did have a lot in common, and I am hoping that more and more history will be spilled as we go along. I'm just going to have to work to keep it in 300 word chunks.

Glad you picked up on the eye-color thing--I thought you might, LOL!

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