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Ancestress  by Dreamflower 12 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/25/2011
"And then he had found them, three of them, half-starved, perishing with cold, yet they offered to share what meagre rations they had with him. His own heart had been lost then and there."


Do tell! Or have you and I missed it? I love Gandalf's thoughts here!


Author Reply: Well, I have now, though not at the time I wrote this chapter. But a while later I wrote of it in my B2MEM 2011 stories. In "If It's Tuesday It Must Be Buckland" it is the story called "Pity".

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 8 on 7/18/2010
Socializing with Hobbits can become addictive, even for the Lesser Powers, eh?

Author Reply: Absolutely! I mean, who wouldn't love them? Or want to be with them if they could?

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 8 on 7/5/2010
I lost track of this somehow but now I've found it again.
I can see why Gandalf was impressed with the hobbits from the beginning. Very generous folks, hobbits. : )

Author Reply: Well, you've been away! I hope you had a great time!

Yes, they are a generous and compassionate race! I hope to tell Gandalf's story in more detail one of these days...

KittyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 9/16/2009
Oh yes, I can understand why Olórin feels so well as Gandalf. He's not only used to it after all that time, he made so many friends in that form, too. And I think the Hobbits will prefer him as Gandalf anyway.

Half-starving Hobbits offering him something of their own food really means much, considering how much they usually eat. No wonder he lost his heart to them! After all, we did the same even without such an experience with them ;)

Author Reply: Hobbits are immensely charming, and Tooks even more so. Add to that the circumstances of his meeting them, of course he would! *grin* And you are quite right: we love them too!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 8 on 9/1/2009
Ah yes, those of us who lose our hearts to hobbits know just how Gandalf feels!

I'm sure Olorin was most attached to his Gandalf persona - like his 'sister' he had lived in that bodily guise and experienced many things. It was only natural that he was more Gandalf than anyone else.

Author Reply: He had become Gandalf, I think, over those years of wandering. And even after his death and rebirth, he still remained his old irrascible self.

And as long as he has Frodo and Bilbo to look after, he's not going to abandon them.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/26/2009
Love it and the title. The world is so much richer because there are hobbits in it!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: It absolutely is.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/25/2009
Thank goodness Gandalf at least remembered that hobbits were important in some way! Things with the Ring could have gone much worse - though Mirime couldn't have known any of that at the time, of course. I enjoyed Gandalf's reflections here and his memory of his first hobbit-sighting, such as it was. Of course, he was instantly lost to their charms. Only a truly heartless person would be unmoved by them.

Author Reply: I kind of see it as his memories being clouded by the Valar, accessible only as needed, and usually his knowledge came to him in the form of feelings and intuitions.

Only a truly heartless person would be unmoved by them.

Certainly no one with as large a heart as Gandalf had could be unmoved.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/25/2009
His own heart had been lost then and there.

That's how it always goes with hobbits :)

And I found it quite fitting that Olorin retained his "Gandalf form" (for me he's always Gandalf). Maybe the reason for him is the same as for Mirime: While being Gandalf he felt truely alive, with all the advantages and disadvantages that accompany life.

And the greatest advantage of them all was that he came to know and love hobbits!!!

Author Reply: I think that is a good deal of the reason; also, participating in a physical life brings an attachment to a physical life-- and as you said, with all the advantages and disadvantages.

Yes, he counts his friendship with hobbits as one of the greatest joys of his life in Middle-earth. He's definitely not ready to let go of that delight.

Garnet TookReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/25/2009
Lovely, as usual. I am loving this story. The only frustration is that the chapters by necessity have to be so short. Part of my wants a deeper look in Mirime and her dual life.

Author Reply: They do have to be short-- but it is enabling me to update a bit more frequently!

There will be more, trust me!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/24/2009
I really like how you describe Gandalf's "attachment" to his body!
And yes, one probably needs to know hobbits personally to quite appreciate them. ;-)

Author Reply: It's part of what Tolkien himself said at one point: that a Maia who spent much time in a form, taking part in the physical parts of life, such as eating and sleeping and so forth tied that apirit more closely to that body.

And hobbits are pretty potent! Who can resist them?

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