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The Ranger and the Hobbit  by Cairistiona 197 Review(s)
hebeidReviewed Chapter: 13 on 10/30/2019
I remember reading part of this story, probably a few (or several?) years ago, bit for whatever reason I never finished it. So what a delight it was to get to read it all the way through! My love for your writing hasn't faded in the slightest, and it likely never will; I am so lucky to have come across this archive all those years ago, and so relieved that it is still here and holding all these treasured memories. I'm probably going to re/read all of your stuff in the near (ish) future - it's fall, and fall is a Rangerly time of year, I find. Thank you so much for sharing your skill and your hard work time and time again, and I hope that wherever you are now, whatever you're doing with your days, you are happy and safe and contented and cared for.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I'm glad you rediscovered this one and finished it... it's actually one of my favorites, because I got to write a hobbit character, something I haven't done much.

I'm doing well--haven't written LOTR fic in a long time, having switched over to Captain America fandom, but I still harbor hopes to return to LOTR fic when the muse reawakens one day (I'm hoping that the new Amazon series helps ignite the fandom, even if it won't probably include much about the Dunedain or Aragorn).

Happy reading and thank you again for your kind words!

MP brennanReviewed Chapter: 13 on 1/13/2013
Just dropping by to mention how much I enjoyed this fic. Ferdinand is a delightful OC. He's just the right balance of Tookish and hobbity if that makes any sense. :) I loved the little details like him carrying eggs around out in the wild so he could have Second Breakfast. And his tangents are wonderful.

As usual, the dynamic between the rangers was great. I liked Denlad and Halbarad's partnership--especially the way it's implied at the beginning that Denlad knows how to play Halbarad to get what he wants. At the same time, they balance each other really well. I liked how you showed them having to lean on each other to get through it all.

This, though, was my favorite exchange:

"And here I thought you regularly get yourself maimed simply to torment me."

"That is part of the appeal, yes. Every dark cloud must have its bit of mithril lining, after all."

"You will make a truly detestable king."

Aragorn grinned. "Thank you. May I have some more of that stew?"

Please don't ever stop writing those two!

Author Reply: Thank you, MP! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I still wonder how Ferdinand manages to carry eggs without breaking them, but leave it to a Hobbit to figure it out. *g* I do hope to continue writing Aragorn and Halbarad... I enjoy their friendship/kinship far too much to ever stop, I think!

lisagReviewed Chapter: 12 on 5/6/2010
Just re-read this story...great stuff. I wanted to add another post because the end of the last chapter always makes me wonder what would happen if Aragorn visited Bree after becoming King and Butterbur finally realized who he had been insulting all these years! I would love to see the man bowing and scraping, which I'm sure Aragorn would tell him wasn't necessary. I just don't like that Butterbur treats all the Rangers with such disdain when they've never done anything destructive or rude or improper in his inn. That would sure put a dent in his inn's AAA rating! ;)

Author Reply: Thanks for the re-read! I'm glad you like it well enough to give it another go. :)

And yes, I imagine Butterbur and so many of the residents around Bree and Archet and the Shire in general, would have had quite a shock when Aragorn returns. Despite how cranky I have him in this story, I don't see Butterbur as being entirely cold toward Rangers. He's simply had a run of bad customers and as the Rangers are quiet and mysterious and a little scary, he lumps them in with the bad eggs and Aragorn bore the brunt of that particular burst of frustrated anger (maybe knowing that, because the Rangers do tend to be polite, that he can vent his spleen without fear of getting punched in the nose!). And too, I think in my tale, which is set quite some years before he helps Aragorn with the Hobbits in FOTR, he's probably a bit more prejudiced against Rangers. Perhaps he mellows a bit with the years, gaining some measure of tolerance and understanding--enough that he does end up helping out in the end and shows himself not to be all that bad (AAA rating intact! *g*). I like to think so, anyway.

LisaGReviewed Chapter: 13 on 2/2/2010
Spectacular story! Full of peril, angst, comfort, humor, bravery, courage, friendship, caring and love. Don't get any better than that!

Author Reply: Thank you, Lisa! I can see you're working through all my stories. *g* I'm so glad you enjoyed this one... it was so fun to write (they're all fun, really, but this one didn't have too many glitches I had to sort out). I try to put elements of all those things in my stories, to keep them as well-rounded as I can, so I appreciate your mention of them. :) Thanks for the review!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/12/2009
I like it that these Rangers don't lose their basic goodness and will ease an enemy's pain.. I hope they catch up soon with Aragorn.

Author Reply: Thank you, Linda... no, I don't see the Dunedain as ever sinking so low that they're wantonly cruel, so they would find some way, within the limits of the situation, to be merciful. They could not possibly stay with the man until his passing, not with Aragorn injured and still ahead of them, so that was the next best thing.

Thanks for the review!

MirachReviewed Chapter: 8 on 12/12/2009
I think I reviewed this chapter already, but again I must say how I loved it! Again, watching without being able to help in the first half, and then actually being able to help in the second... Awesome!

Author Reply: Thanks! This chapter was far easier to mull over and write than the last. Knowing that Denlad and Halbarad were going to finally reach Aragorn and give him the care he desperately needed was such a relief! I'm glad you liked this chapter enough to leave two reviews. :) Thanks!

MirachReviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/12/2009
This was such a heartwrenching chapter! It was pretty bad even before the Southorn appeared. It would be pretty bad even if Aragorn would be not injured when he appeared, and got into his hands somehow. But the two combined... that's really painful to watch! And the threat to blind Aragorn made me feel really uneasy, I knew he won't do it, but on the other side I knew he's capable to do it... *shudders* Denlad's cry came in the very best moment, poor Aragorn was in really desperate situation. His incoherent thoughts at the end show clearly how bad his condition is at the end... now I must rush to the comforting chapter!

Author Reply: It definitely is a disquieting chapter; it was disquieting to write such a nasty specimen as this Southron but then the story required enemies that were as evil as any of the ones Tolkien created... they are all more or less cut from the same vile cloth. It's just a good thing that Aragorn had help on the way! Thanks for the review!

MirachReviewed Chapter: 6 on 12/12/2009
So the two rangers and hobbit meet, but still Aragorn is not safe... I remember waiting impatiently for the new chapter in this point, reading it to the end, and then waiting impatiently for the next one. I imagine Ferdinand throwing himself at the big Southron - like Bullroarer Took himself! Golf, anybody? =)

Author Reply: It's too bad Ferdinand didn't knock that Southron's head off, isn't it! That would have simplified things tremendously and saved Aragorn a lot of pain and hardship.

Thanks so much for going back through this to share your thoughts!

MirachReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/12/2009
I enjoyed the conversation between Aragorn and Ferdinand greatly, Ferdinand would make a great sport comentator! *g* It looked through the whole chapter that there is no more reason to worry, when suddenly, at the very end... ah, I'm really glad that the next chapter is already there!

Author Reply: LOL! Can't you see Ferdinand doing a play-by-play of the Battle of the Pelennor?

Glad you liked this one, and yeah, since the chapters are all there for you, the cliffhanger won't leave you hanging too long! Thanks for the review!

MirachReviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/12/2009
Poor duo of rangers! Denlad described the overwhelming sense of compassion very accurately! It's exactly what I felt when reading this story and awaiting the chapter when they are reunited anxiously. The handprint was very touching, they saw the tracks left by Aragorn in great pain, they could imagine him clearly clutching his fingers into the ground when the pain was unbearable, but could do nothing... it reminds me on Eärendil - another one whose heartstrings are sorely tried here, I'm sure.

And with the second reading I see how Denlad deserved the arrow that he got! Telling the Southron that Aragorn killed his brother, and then leaving him an analgetic! I suppose he has never heard the word "vendetta"...

Author Reply: Thank you, Mirach! Wouldn't that be hard, to be following along too far back to really be helping, yet seeing the evidence of just how badly someone needed your aid? Very much like Eärendil, watching and unable to directly help, but at least they have the comfort of knowing they at least have a chance at getting to him before it's too late.

And yes, it does seem kind of cruel to just leave that guy behind, but saving the King comes before cosseting dying bad guys.

Thanks for the review!

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