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Another Moment of your Time  by Larner 3 Review(s)
AntaneReviewed Chapter: 63 on 11/17/2013
Oh, poor Frodo. I don't believe Saruman's words had any power but Frodo let them have power - "it will daunt you and deceive you if you let it." - too bad he didn't believe his own words and know they were deceptions. But definitely depression will do that, another symptom of his PTSD. I'm glad he embraced the trip West for an opportunity to heal.

Author Reply: In spite of his recognition that Saruman could in reality do nothing to him, still he internalized Saruman's malicious words and allowed them to wound him. Thanks so, Antane!

TariReviewed Chapter: 63 on 11/12/2013
So beautiful and yet so very sad. You really touched my heart, which has always ached for dear Frodo.

Author Reply: Thank you so, Tari. I have myself developed a great love and admiration for Frodo, which I must suppose shows in my writing. (Smile.) But how stretched he must have felt in those last few months before he left Middle Earth with the other Ringbearers.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 63 on 11/8/2013
Unlike many other conversations between Frodo and hobbits of the Shire you have described, old Horto does not interrupt him so often.
His knowledge of the outside world is very poor, but that does not result in blunt disbelief.

On the other hand he still has the young Frodo Baggins in mind and might be taken aback by what he sees and hears now.
A hobbit who does not come to visit his relatives but instead wants to have some privacy - at Brandy Hall - is indeed a strange thing! It tells a lot about the gravity of Frodo's illness, though.

And Horto recognizes that, too.

“The stars watch over thee, lad,” he whispered.

If Frodo just could have heard that!

Author Reply: I find myself imagining the different relationships Frodo must have had with his extensive family and acquaintances, and how each individual might filter what he knew and learned of Frodo to appreciate how Frodo has changed since his travels outside the Shire and his subsequent return home. The realization that the four Travellers have responsibilities outside the Shire must have stretched the credulity and understanding of each Hobbit who came into contact with them! But I am certain that most who had loved the lad still love the gentlehobbit and wish him cared for.

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