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In the Court of the High King  by Dreamflower 199 Review(s)
MattReviewed Chapter: 24 on 1/14/2017
I've just caught up the three stories of the "reckoning" cycle and greatly enjoyed them now that SoA allows one to combine all chapters. I note that you've not been able to make progress on "In the High King's Court" since 2014 and hope that you will return your attention to this story at some point along the way. You do such a nice job of showing how the hobbits struggle to adjust to Gondorian society and also how they build friendships and relationships in it. Thanks so much for a great read, with hopes that some day further installments will appear.

PSWReviewed Chapter: 24 on 11/22/2016
Enjoyed this one too! Your stories are great fun! :-)

Thanks for writing!

Theresa GreenfalconReviewed Chapter: 24 on 7/13/2016
I finally got to read the latest chapter - I can't wait to see more in this story...!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/4/2015
I would so love to see this story finished one day! [hint, hint!]

TiggerReviewed Chapter: 24 on 9/13/2014
Hey and yes, I'm still around. It's just been a very stressful year since my last posting over at LiveJournal. Which I really need to go back to, as I really need an outlet where people know I need to vent to people who know I really need people to just listen. Unless I ask for more than that of course. Anyway…

For some reason I had the hunch to come over and check out your writing. Not sure why and I really don't care either, as it's been an enjoyable few days re reading some old favourites. Decided to check on this one to see if anything new has happened and realized I'd never left a review. Since that needs to be fixed… :oD

You know, it's funny in a way reading about what the truly important portion of the Court this day was considering the amazing news from the Canadian North about the discovery of the wreck of one of the two Franklin Expedition ships. They aren't sure if she's HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, but she's w/out a doubt one of them and in incredibly great shape considering. If you're interested, it's all up over at The details, the photos and, the real biggie, the video from the first dive. As I said, she's in amazing shape considering everything.

I really hope someone out there takes the bait you've set out here and runs w/it. Sounds like a story right up Larner's alley, doesn't it?

I'm probably now on her most hated person list for sending that Nuzgul her way. :oD

Also thought the punishment more than fit the crime regarding the Baker. Not surprised it's a true story from that time period. I've also read so much about that time period over the years due to my own interest and love of it that I'm not at all surprised it's a true story. At least this fits the punishment. I've always wondered how many innocents died due to the Water Test, where if you float, you're guilty of the crime.

In some ways our ancestors were very wise and in other ways…Not so much.

On that note…I need to go and literally hit my bed. Didn't want to do that before leaving this long overdue review though. :o)

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/26/2014
The description of the baker's punishment sounds very familiar. I'm sure I read it somewhere before as well. Chaucer, maybe? Can't remember. I've done so much reading of medieval life and literature, I can't keep sources straight anymore. Anyhoo... a fitting punishment. It's fun to find real-world cases like that that can be used in Middle-earth without it seeming improbable. I did a similar thing in a case with Finrod and a horse in my "Findaráto Diaries", using a real-world case and its solution.

The whole thing about the sea exploration... yes, very important and far-reaching in more ways than one. I bet the hobbits understood its importance. They're a canny lot.

Glad to see this story continuing, Dreamflower.

Author Reply: Glad to know I've remembered it fairly accurately. The book I *think* I may have seen it in has been many years missing, but I will have to see if perhaps I can find it in Chaucer. Perhaps that was the book author's source. At any rate, it was not the only such case; humiliation was a very common punishment in those days.

They are canny, very canny.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014

I love Faramir's love of Ithilien, and yet his sense of duty that takes him where he feels he ought to be.

I like Eowyn's involvement in bringing orphans to Ithilien. Perhaps they can become a part of the effort to make the land bloom again? Gardening can be healing.

The account of the baker's consequences was very hobbity somehow!

...but I wonder what the Shirefolk made of the second matter. After all, they themselves are in the middle of what people back home would consider a hazardous journey! Will they get extra pay like the sailors, I wonder?

We have a reprieve. Though the first vet said, "Put her to sleep immediately," the second vet said, "Yes, she's very ill. No, she doesn't seem to be suffering." So we have a little more time to love on her, even though the parting looms ever closer. We took her to the vet on a routine matter, never dreaming they'd discover something much, much worse. *sigh*

Author Reply: That is Faramir, and the thing is, he will also love doing his duty as well.

And I am sure they will be a part of all that. For one thing, many of them will go to families who will be trying to reestablish the farms of Ithilien.

I thought so! ;)

*snicker* I hadn't thought of that. Although it wasn't mentioned, all of them were issued very generous stipends (from the first of the weregild) before they left the Shire, as well as a generous helping of money to cover their expenses at the Embassy.

(I know this is one of the hardest things ever. In 38 years we've had to deal with that decision seven times--5 dogs and 2 cats--it's never easy and it always hurts, but the pain is worth it for all the love you give and receive from your furbaby.)

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014
I like how the King handled the case of the cheating baker, and Arwen's thoughtfulness for his and Faramir's comfort!

Just out of curiosity--how WILL this approaching exploration of the south be important to the Fourth Age? Do tell! =)

Author Reply: Think of what effect 16th c. explorers like Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake had on history and economics in "our" world! A ship that could find a sea route to Khand and Far Harad? It would be amazing!

(And no, I'd rather not write fic about this myself--too research oriented, and lack of hobbits. But I'd love to nudge some of the folks who write about Men and Gondorians in that direction!)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014
A most just punishment for the cheating baker, and love that it comes from history! As for the wish to slip the increased pay for seamen intending to seek new routes eastward--well done, my Lords.

Author Reply: I've always wanted to use that historical anecdote in a story, and this seemed like the perfect time as Freddy and the others study how Men administer justice.

(And the exploration? That will be far more important to the future of the Fourth Age than most courtiers can imagine!)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014
I'm enjoying this story so much. And it's details like this that make it such a delight:

He sat down with gratitude upon a thin cushion of black velvet. Bless the Queen; one of her first acts had been to see that cushions were made for his chair and for the King's throne. They were not obvious to the audiences in Court, matching each seat in colour and not especially lush, but they made life a lot more comfortable. He sometimes wondered if his father's dour disposition had partly been due to sitting for hours on cold hard stone for so many years.

Author Reply: It just occurred to me that stone chairs would be mighty uncomfortable--and that it would be the kind of thing Arwen would notice! :)

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