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Interlude in Buckland  by Dreamflower 7 Review(s)
PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/1/2017
There always needed to be an explanation in the movies between Farmer maggot and Bree and unfortunately PJ didn't write in a scene for that. I'm glad for this little interlude though! Good job. I also appreciated you making the Shire closer to Bree in this fic verse. :) And also liked the explanation of why M&P were in Farmer Maggot's.

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/5/2010
Very clever. I had not read this one and when I saw it on your year end list I was curious. I like your thinking on this and it fits into the films very well.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/23/2009
Thank you for including my favorite words of Merry's - that whole thing about keeping secrets and we are your friends and all that. I love that chapter!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: That is my favorite chapter in all of Fellowship. That's the chapter that made me love hobbits, and love the way hobbits are so loyal and steadfast. I was devestated when it was left out of the movie.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/20/2009
Merry rolled his eyes, and glanced at Pippin. “ ‘It’s Frodo Baggins!’" he mocked. "You sounded completely daft, Pippin!”

LOL!!! I liked this very much!

And it was very clever of you to let Merry come up with the idea of the false track. That way you were able to avoid the Old Forest (like in the movie) but you could mention its existence and its dangerousness. Very clever, indeed!

Don't feel sorry for the missing bath song, for you managed to put in the dwarves' song "... We must away ere break of day". And that's just wonderful :)

I'm looking forward to reading more!

Author Reply: Seems that particular line is a favorite! I guess that scene in the movies hit a lot of nerves!

I was a little stuck figuring how they'd get to Bree without getting caught, but then I came up with the false trail idea. And it did give me a chance to mention the Old Forest, which I missed in the movie.

I did think that little snippet of song was a fun touch! I'm glad you liked it!

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/20/2009
So, the Black Riders would have had to deal with Old Man Willow! Hmm. The Hobbits would not have met Tom Bombadil that way. Tom himself would perhaps not have done so well against them, as I remember a bit from the book where he said that "Tom is not master of Black Riders" or some such. I wonder what the Barrow wights would have made of the Ringwraiths. They would be sort of kindred spirits, I suppose. This was a fun little exercize in bridging the gap between book and movie.

Author Reply: At least with OMW's influence over the Old Forest. I have a feeling the Wraiths would have had no trouble dealing with him directly--I can't see one of them falling victim to his sleep spell, for example. But the shifting paths of the trees and so forth, being less obvious and more subtle, might easily have misdirected them for a long time before they realized. And the trees would not have been on their side-- they hated all "that goes on two legs", which would have included former Men.

As for the Barrow-wights, I believe JRRT indicates somewhere that they were under the influence of the W-K when he was King of Angmar, so they would have been allies of a sort.

I've never written pure movie-verse before, but this was for a Challenge, and I had a lot of fun doing it! I still like book-verse better though.

Author Reply: Oh, and about Tom. I think he would just have made sure that they did not bother anything that fell under his "domain" and otherwise he would not have bothered with them. His statement that "Tom is not master of Black Riders" I think was not to indicate that they could master him, but like the Ring, which he neither mastered nor was mastered by: It had no influence on him, but neither did he have any influence over It.

I think the Nazgul would have been the same.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/19/2009
I love seeing this alternative to "The Conspiracy Unmasked" that fits with the movie version of events. And Pippin ought to have rehearsed what he was going to say so he didn't sound so inane! Heh!

Author Reply: Well, it's not as satisfying as the original, but at least is fills a hole in the movie!

I figure Pippin probably did have a better line in mind, but when Frodo barrelled into him like that, it just knocked it clean out of his mind, LOL!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/19/2009
“ ‘It’s Frodo Baggins!’" he mocked. "You sounded completely daft, Pippin!”

Hehehe. Yes, that's just what I thought when I first saw the movie! Very funny. This is a clever story, combining book and movie elements into a new twist. Given the scenario as you explained it, I imagine it would have worked very well. I like it.

BTW, hope you don't mind me mentioning this: the third paragraph has got two "instants."

Author Reply: I know! That had to be one of the most inane lines in FOTR-- it might have been moderately improved if he'd said "It's Cousin Frodo!" instead, but not much.

I just knew there had to be some scenes needed between getting across the River and the arrival at Bree!

(I don't mind-- I hadn't noticed myself, clearly!)

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