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More Than He Bargained For  by Grey Wonderer 14 Review(s)
periannoreReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/8/2022
Dear Grey Wonderer,
You began this marvelously humorous story about Frodo's role in the lives of Merry and Pippin with the young Took. One of my favorite lines depicted Pippin as a rocker toys that pops back up just when its about to touch down.
Then on to Merry. I could imagine him trying not to squirm as Frodo relentlessly shot down one after another of his excuses and rationalizations: Why don't I take a small nap in the name of gracious hospitality?", "I Don't recall us discussing this.", "I'm not honestly full of energy.", "It's barely light out.", "I doubt I'll be good for much of anything today.", "I'm one of those guests or have you forgot that?", Next he attempts to deny his trick to put Pippin off wanting to go to the Dragon with him stating he thought Pippin would get bored and go to sleep. Merry goes downhill from there That's Frodo, holding his ground until Merry has no choice but to own up to his unkind lack of consideration for Pippin.
It was rich when Merry assumed conceding Frodo's point would be enough for him to be allowed to stumble off to bed with a casual, "Now that's settled." But no, Merry may have believed he understood that setting Pippin up for an exhausted day for no good reason was wrong, but after plowing through Frodo's list of chores the point would have been confirmed and felt, loud and clear in his weary bones, muscles and brain.
As implacable as Frodo is carrying out the lesson to Merry it is clear throughout that he loves him dearly up to blotting the gravy from his naughty cousin's face and easing him into bed.
This story abounds with that gentle hobbity humor that makes hobbits so endearing. This is the kind of slice of life in the shire Frodo will offer up his life to save.
Thank you for giving me a hobbity respite from real life and for all the chuckles. You know these characters well and are so talented! Please write more.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/23/2009
LOL! I love how Merry stopped being so irritated and annoyed as soon as Frodo took him to the parlor to get a good look at his handiwork. Not that he stopped arguing his cause of course, but he knew he would lose the fight in the end. ;) This was delightful, as always, GW!

Author Reply: Thank you for reading it. This story started out to be about something completely different so I was surprised when it turned into this. I may have to go back and try to write the other story at some point. LOL

Merry put up a good fight but as we all know, Frodo had most of the ammunition in this battle!

ClaudiaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/6/2009
Now that's really cute! :))

Author Reply: Thank you!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2009
This was such fun! However, seeing as I had a very busy day today, I found myself yawning during the whole first portion of the tale. I think you could have put a 'yawn' warning up for your readers *g*

Author Reply: First, I deleted the duplicate review for you. I've done that before too.

Perhaps since this tale was full of yawning I could market it as a sleep aid. (No, wait! I'm not allowed to make money on this sort of thing.) Maybe I'll just list it as a bedtime story. : )

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/2/2009
Ah, cute! Dear Pippin and his so-literal mind! Heh!

Lovely images of Merry falling asleep on his dinner plate! Heh! Nice!

Author Reply: Thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/2/2009
Hope you are now awake, GW. I find I often do my best writing in the mornings, although I also hate to get up in the morning. Am looking forward to this!

Author Reply: If I am writing in the morning then it usually means I've been up all night. That was what happened here also. In fact, I've been up all night again tonight and just got home. It seemed a good time to answer reviews. : )

lbiloverReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/1/2009
*giggles* *yawns* *giggles again*

Poor Sam is going to wonder why Pippin is staring at the top of his head, lol!

This was so dear! Thank you. :)

Author Reply: Yeah, if Frodo doesn't explain that soon, Sam will have a Took staring at his head most of the day. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reviewing.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/1/2009
I wont say anything but I just want to look at the top of his head, Pippin whispered.

LOL!!! It's amazing that he was awake enough to remember that particular word.

I'm quite sure that Merry learned his lesson well. Frodo's educational skills are really excellent.

And concerning what I said before, I'm quite impressed with him that he managed to stay up that long! On the other hand, he might have had a little nap while Merry was at the market ;-)

Last, but not least: Happy Birthday, Dreamflower :)

Author Reply: Pippin always remembers the stuff that can get him into trouble. LOL

Yeah, I think Merry has figured out that there isn't going to be any easy way around Frodo.

Frodo probably did sneak in a nap somewhere. Maybe after he sent Merry off to do the washing. That would have been a good time too.

Thanks for reading!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/1/2009
So, you're an owl person? But you're in good company! If it is true what many stories tell here, Frodo was, too. And *he* wrote The Red Book ;-)

Author Reply: Oh, yes. I'm an owl person. In fact I am now working a late night shift because of it. I am always awake in the middle of the night. I doubt I'll manage to write anything as entertaining as what Frodo did, but late nights are great for reading. : )

poppymuddyfootReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/1/2009
Oh, thank you, thank you! I needed a good laugh today. And the images of Merry with gravy in his hair and Sam with a flat head should keep me chuckling for the entire afternoon. I hope you enjoy your day as much as I will now.

Author Reply: You are most welcome. I'm very glad that you enjoyed it. And I really did have a nice day by the way. I had a very good nap. : )

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