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|Another Moment of your Time by Larner||11 Review(s)|
|Periantari||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/1/2015|
|Lovely and poignant moment of comfort and tears between Merimac and Merry...it's always interesting to me to see how every hobbit reacts to Frodo leaving Middle-earth.|
Author Reply: For both these characters Frodo was definitely part of the family, and they both would have had to know great sorrow at his choice to leave not only the Shire but Middle Earth altogether. And I'm so glad you appreciate the poignancy of the moment. Thank you so!
|Kitty||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/21/2010|
|Sorry, I am terribly behind with reviewing!|
I'm so sorry for Merry and the others. It must have been so very hard to watch Frodo's health failing, and then to realise he tried to slip away without farewell ... and particularly for the Travellers who were so close to him and went with him through so much it's even more difficult. I am glad they are at least not alone with their grief.
Author Reply: I do suspect that particularly among the Brandybucks and the Thain's immediate family there were many who found the leaving of Frodo tore a huge hole in their own hearts. Merry, Pippin, and Sam may grieve, but also have enough experience now to know that Frodo is in the best of hands, for the moment, at least.
Thanks so for all the comments--they made my day!
|cookiefleck||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/17/2010|
|I am glad you have Merry's grief turn from selfish (worry about how Frodo's absence will affect him) to selfless (worry for Frodo's well-being) by the end of the story. I often feel in the minority in liking how JRRT wrapped up his tale: Success and happiness for those who sacrificed so much to save M-e, plus the incredible healing honor/gift of Tol Erresea for the Ringbearers. Of course his friends and family would miss Frodo, having left "before his time," but knowing where he was headed would greatly mitigate the pain. And I really like how JRRT arranged for Merry and Pippin to be there so that Sam would have company for the ride home; those little details say so much. |
Author Reply: I believe that all three of the remaining Travellers would have felt similar mixed grief, pain, and hope for Frodo's own healing, and am glad you approve. And I am SO glad that Merry and Pippin were there to ride home with Sam, that he not be forced to make that trip alone.
Thanks so much--and I certainly agree with your comments on Tolkien's own handling of the situation.
|Linda Hoyland||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/11/2010|
|It is easy to forget that Frodo grew up in Merry's home. I love the way you convey how deep his affection for Frodo was.|
Author Reply: I believe most of the Brandybucks found themselves as surprised and grieved at Frodo's decision to leave Middle Earth altogether as Merimac found himself. This, too, had been his home, after all.
|Antane||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/4/2010|
|It was so hard on both sides, for Frodo to leave, and for the others to be left behind and to have no warning or very little, to have that sword plunged into their hearts that Frodo's own was already bleeding from so heavily. No words could ever say what that time would have been like. I think that's what makes it so powerful and watching it in the films confirms that. What in the world could be said? Only such loving looks and kisses could even start to speak about the agony, the grief, the love that was there between them. I am glad that Gandalf arranged that the three would be there to see their brother off and also knowing the pain would the worst for Sam and they were there to comfort him as well to say goodbye themselves.|
Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
Author Reply: And it was a time of profound transition--Frodo might not be actively dying, but he was in a sense dying to this world, preparing to leave it behind. He was withdrawing.
There is no indication in ROTK that he spoke at all after bidding Sam ride with him to the Havens. This is not uncommon in those who are facing profound changes--they are so strongly preparing for what is coming they cannot seem to speak to this reality. And for one who appears to have made a habit of avoiding farewells and slipping away unnoticed (how he'd intended leaving the Shire in the beginning, how he left the rest of the Fellowship, and how he failed to give any save Sam and Rosie notice before leaving the Shire this time) there must have been some great trauma surrounding his farewells in the past.
And I, too, am grateful to Gandalf for seeing to it that Frodo was foiled this time. Gandalf knew Frodo well enough to anticipate this--or was advised by Bilbo to see to it the others were there on time, and was wise enough to heed the old Hobbit, which is what I've postulated. I, too, am glad that Sam did not face that ride alone.
|Sir_Merry||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/31/2010|
|Wow. This is a very touching piece. Very beautiful. I love it.|
Author Reply: Thank you so, Sir Merry! I believe that the relationship between Frodo and Merry was quite close, almost as close as one finds in brothers, and Merimac must have felt as much an uncle to Frodo as to Merry. The loss of him must have caused both a fair amount of grief.
|Periantari||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/30/2010|
|Very gentle dialogue and i feel Merry's grief very much in this. So poignant yet it's a good glimpse of how different hobbits in Frodo's family is reacting to him leaving. I'm sure Lily will love you for including "her" Merimac. :)|
Author Reply: Each one will share the grief and loss, but accepts and expresses them differently. And I suspect Merimac misses Frodo as intensely as does his nephew--he watched him grow up from his earliest days, after all! And I do hope both Nancy and Lily like the story!
|Armariel||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/30/2010|
|Very nice. Good to meet Merimac here. Hope to see more of him soon.:)|
Author Reply: Mac has found his way into many of my stories, so hope he agrees to come calling again soon!
Thank you so!
|Dreamflower||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/30/2010|
|Oh, poor Merry! It's always seemed to me that in many ways the Grey Havens were harder on him than on the others. He's always seemed to me to be one who holds so tightly to the ones he loves, and can't bear any of them to be out of his sight or away from his protection. And yet he has had to do it so many times! Pippin and Sam love Frodo as dearly, but I think Pippin has that touch of Tookish optimism, that allows him to believe Frodo will be healed; and Sam is every bit as protective, but has the wisdom to know he can't take care of it himself.|
He's going to grieve so hard!
Author Reply: To have to allow others to see to Frodo's final relief must have been so very difficult for him--I so agree with you. All of them grieve for Frodo's going, no matter how much they realize it is for the best. But, being Merry he will, to an extent, seek to hide much of it, until it bursts out with someone equally loved and trusted.
Thanks so, Dreamflower!
|Andrea||Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/30/2010|
|Wonderfully done, Larner!|
Torn in two, that's how I felt when I had finished the books for the very first time.
And I feel it again now. But this time it's different, because now I believe that Frodo found healing, which is due to some lovely stories posted here (yours included).
Thank you very much!
Author Reply: Sam wasn't the only one feeling torn in two, I fear. His Brandybuck relatives who'd known him well all his life must have grieved for his absence as much as Merry, Pippin, and Sam.
Thanks so very much for the comments and compliments. I so agree that if anyone deserved healing, it was Frodo Baggins!