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September Days Across the Brandywine  by Dreamflower 7 Review(s)
GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/4/2010
Of course, we all know when that day will come, but it is clear that Frodo is not quite ready to leave Brandy Hall just yet. What a fun visit to Brandy Hall, and I especially enjoyed seeing Calla before her illness.

Author Reply: No, he's not quite ready yet. Even though it was hard for Bilbo, I think he was wise to listen to Gilda and Esme those first few years. He's had a bit of time to recover among familiar faces and surrounding, and except for his seasonal depression at the time of his parents' death, he's generally as happy as he can be. And he needs this bonding time with Merry as well.

It's fun for me to show a little of Calla when she was still healthy and active, and to show a little of why Frodo was so special to her.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/4/2010
Finally getting to this - sorry it so long! This is a sweet story with a happy Frodo which is wonderful to see, love his joy at seeing his uncle again, all that babbling and watching him play that game. And what a twin to me - just liking to write and read and not liking numbers, though I am no artist, and being thrilled to get a favored book on his birthday. *hugs him* And cute to see wee Merry too. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Yes, this was a good time for Frodo. I enjoy getting to show his happy times.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/28/2010
A wonderful, topical visit, complete with the realization of how much Frodo and Merry already love one another! And he's right--not the right time--not yet. Lovely!

Author Reply: I think that Bilbo already knew how much Frodo loved Merry-- but I think this is the first time he realized how much Merry not only loved Frodo, but was good for him.

I'm glad you enjoyed this visit to Buckland.

cathleenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/28/2010
Dreamflower, this was a delightful tale and I loved your Bilbo! So thoughtful, and concerned only about young Frodo's well-being. It was a nice look into what happened before he came to live with "Uncle Bilbo". I really enjoyed reading it!!

Author Reply: Thank you, dear! I do love to write about this time in Frodo's life. I'm so very glad you enjoyed it!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/28/2010
Charming! I liked all the details of domestic life in Brandy Hall, the lessons and the art work and the ball games. Bilbo putting the Ring to such innocent use was an impressive touch. And his decision in the end is wise.

Author Reply: For some reason, Brandy Hall is a favorite setting of mine-- I "know" a lot more about "my" Brandy Hall than I do about some other settings in the Shire, so it was fun to use a little of that.

At *this* point in time, as far as Bilbo is concerned, the ring is just a harmless little trinket with the useful ability to make him invisible at convenient times-- he has no idea of the more sinister implications of it.

Yes, I think it was wise at the time-- but he knows it's just postponed.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/27/2010
"What would I do without my Merry?"

How wonderful!

I think Bilbo was right to wait a little bit longer, for Frodo's and for Merry's sake.

The day will come when Frodo accompanies Bilbo to go live with him in Bag End. We all know that it will be the best for Frodo, but it always breaks my heart when I imagine how poor little Merry must have felt!

So, give those two as much time together as possible!

Thank you for this story. I liked it very much :-)

Author Reply: Yes, I think that the time was just not quite right yet. My Bilbo puts it aside for another couple of years, and when he finally makes his mind up that the time is right, it's the S.B.s that are the catalyst.

I'm so glad that you liked it. It was much longer than I'd planned, which is why I posted it separately from my "mathoms". It was originally only going to be about 1,000 words-- but Bilbo had lots more to say!

eilujReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/26/2010
"Aunt Esme ... and Dahlia are trying to see which of his clothes he's outgrown this afternoon" -- Mental picture: just how many clothes *did* Merry outgrow that afternoon? *lol*

A lovely birthday. How nice of Calla to do the portrait!

Like Bilbo, I wish Frodo had gone with him to Bag End. But I know how that story ends.

Author Reply: LOL! Yes, apparently that was quite a growth spurt! But Frodo wss babbling at that point, so excited to see his uncle!

I've mentioned once or twice that she'd done one-- so I thought this would have been a good occasion for it to happen.

Yes, we know how it ends-- and the time's just not quite right yet!

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