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You Can Lead a Took to Water  by Lindelea 51 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/12/2015
Well, as Dreamflower said before, there are simply no words for Lalia!

At least Robin knows from his own experience that not all Tooks are like Lalia. I am glad that he is up and about again.

Author Reply: Yes, it's a good thing that Robin has been all around the Shire, and multiple times! And also that he met Bilbo and experienced the hospitality of Bag End, before meeting Lalia. Whew.


TariReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/10/2015
Lalia should be related to Lobelia. She just as mean.

Author Reply: Kindred spirits. Do you suppose they would be bosom friends, or worst enemies?


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/3/2015
Trust Lalia to demand a pound of flesh and a bit more! Selfish old biddy!

Author Reply: Trust Lalia, indeed... I can see her thinking up ways to turn a profit on the backs of Men who had the temerity to cross her territory. After all, some Dwarf had left a heavy hammer from earlier times, and no hobbit could lift it... I wonder if that had any bearing on some of the Men being willing later to throw in their lot with Saruman, and get a little of their own back from the Shirefolk.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/2/2015
How lovely to have so many updates from you this week!

Poor Robin! grr...Lalia! There are just no words for her! She was a terrible influence on the Tooks!

But I can see good Robin has a real way with a tale, as of course, a fellow of his trade should! Reminds me of Gandalf spacing out the Dwarves as he told Beorn their tale!

Author Reply: So glad to have had this chapter nearly ready to go, so that when I heard it was your birthday, it just required a little polishing and a bright bow! Not much more to this story; perhaps I can finish it before the summer is out.

From Tolkien's description of Lalia, it's not hard to imagine her as being demanding and greedy. It's no wonder that Robin was not often found in the Tookland after this incident.

Ah, yes, and Robin is a storyteller by trade -- it is a part of his magic. I had the pleasure of watching a master illusionist at work recently -- and the storytelling was an integral part of his masterly misdirection, along with the graceful flourishes of his hands. Practiced, almost poetic.

Reminded me quite a bit of Robin, actually.

Happy (belated) birthday!

EverlightReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/29/2014
So sweet. I could see Pip and Lop cuddling in next to Robin. Loved how Eglantine didn't give Lop's "secret" away.

Author Reply: It was fun to show Eglantine's soft spot in her heart. Most of the time she's very practical.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/28/2014
I can so see Zoe cuddling a concerned child intent on seeing to it that all is well elsewhere in the house than the bedroom where the child belongs! Heh! Lop also has a vested interest in Robin's well-being, of course. Lovely glimpse at the busy kitchen.

Author Reply: She was such a cuddler and snuggler... Here's hoping the puppy will be willing to cuddle, at least some of the time.


Author Reply: (and the puppy does like to cuddle, though at nearly 100 lbs, she rather takes up the bulk of the bed, and sometimes the cuddle turns into an unexpected bounce -- she's not allowed on the furniture, but one of the wee hobbits prefers to have a mattress on the floor, for some reason...)

Garnet TookReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/28/2014
This was an adorable chapter. Lop is a wonderful dog and he is definitely Pippin's dog.

This was such a wonderful picture of life in the Took household.

Totally loved this.

Author Reply: Lop is definitely Pip's, and Pip is definitely Lop's.

Thank you!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/28/2014
and curled up within the circle of the sheepdog’s legs, head and tail was little Pip!

Awww, very nice! But if you think about it, it is in fact the safest place of all :-)

Author Reply: You're right! It would be the safest place of all!


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/28/2014
his warm nest of furry dog... Oh my goodness, of course that's my favorite line (and image)! What a gentle, sweet chapter.

Author Reply: Thank you! Little children and dogs can be such a heartwarming combination. We have lots of pictures of our little ones snuggled up with a dog...

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/28/2014
Awww...what a lovely peaceful morning, and I can just see everyone all cuddled up together.

Lop's so much fun. Our first family dog after my marriage was a part border collie, taken in as a stray, smart as a whip, sneaky and fast, and very protective. Lop reminds me a lot of her.

I'm looking forward to Bilbo and Frodo getting to converse with their old friend Jack soon.

Author Reply: It is peaceful! I love peaceful, quiet early mornings... except when I have stayed up too late the night before.

Your border collie sounds lovely. Our puppy is only a few weeks away from coming home... My brother brought his puppy over last night and I was exhausted after a mere two hour visit. Puppies are so lively and busy! I hope the wee hobbits will pull their share of the load... I would have been happy just adopting an older dog.

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