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Dragonsblood  by Dreamflower 6 Review(s)
PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/27/2014
It's also very interesting to witness Bilbo being that greedy with the jewels-- it seems like he has dragon sickness too! I enjoyed that part where you have him grabbing everything he could. Not hobbity anymore, more like a sickness has descended upon him as well!

Author Reply: Yes, well that's just the effect I would guess that the dragon's blood would have on him, making him "hard, wicked and bold"!

So I'm just as well pleased that JRRT decided NOT to do it that way!

PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/27/2014
Love this what if? story very much. I am enjoying reading Rateliff's notes a much as reading this AU situation... it's great that you left it as a dream at the end though.
Thanks for directing me here. I liked this a lot.

Author Reply: I had to make it as a dream; when I first attempted to make it AU, it took such a dark turn that I didn't want to even deal with it. And the whole "river of dragon blood" made it seem much more like a dream or nightmare!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/1/2010
Nice one. It seems really convicing until we get to the river of blood and Bilbo being swept away in the bowl, and then the dream nature of the story becomes obvious.

Author Reply: the river of blood and Bilbo being swept away in the bowl

Well, of course, in JRRT's "Plot Notes" he actually had it happen that way! But to me it had the feel of a dream or a hallucination, and so that is what gave me the idea to turn it into a dream.

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/30/2010
The idea that Bilbo could have changed so much is very scary. The outcome of the story would have been very different. Thank goodness it was only a dream. Phew!

Wonderful story, Dreamflower

Author Reply: Well, if JRRT had gone with his original idea, that's just what would have happened!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/28/2010
A very interesting turn of events!

He was a warrior, a mighty warrior, hard, wicked and bold!

Who knows what might have become of Bilbo after that! Or in other words: How would the hobbits of the Shire have reacted to such a Bilbo?

Maybe they would have made him Thain!
Or they would have tried to send him away because he seemed like a stranger to them and they feared him. But Bilbo, being hard and wicked now, would not have cooperated...

Have you ever heard of the "Nibelungenlied" or in English "The Song of the Nibelungs". It is based on Northern European sagas. Siegfried, one of the major characters, kills a dragon and bathes in its blood. That makes him invulnerable. Unfortunately a single leaf of a linden tree fell on his back while he bathed and in that single spot he remained vulnerable.
His later enemy, Hagen, found out about that spot and killed him.

Does that sound familiar? I think that the Professor had this saga in mind while writing "The Hobbit". And maybe he came to the point where he decided against a "Second Siegfried" and for Bilbo the Hobbit :-)

I'm glad about that decision!


Author Reply: I'm familiar with the "Nibelungenlied". More to the point, JRRT was *very* familiar with it-- I think that's where *his* original scenario came from, with Bilbo as the dragon-slayer. But I do think that he just suddenly realized that would not work for our Bilbo. I'm glad he made that decision!

As for how the Shire would have reacted, it's hard to say!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/27/2010
*shiver*

gruesome, indeed!

Even so, I had to smile at "hard, wicked, and bold" as for some reason it reminded me suddenly of Pippin's first meeting with Bergil.

Nightmares can be so real, can't they?

Whew. So glad that Bilbo was not truly like that. If he were, he'd never have been able to willingly give up the Ring, not even with Gandalf's aid.

Author Reply: It was, wasn't it? Not my usual sort of story, but that was my prompt.

*grin*, well, that might be because I had that very occasion in mind when I wrote it.

They can. I was running a temperature earlier, and had a very vivid one-- I was quite glad that the phone rang and woke me up.

No, he wouldn't. But if this were the version of things, the ring would not have been the Ring, thank goodness! In the original shape of things, it was just a trinket, a lesser ring, so to speak.

But I like to think that perhaps when he looked over what hoppened in his outline that JRRT realized it just did not suit the Bilbo Baggins we have all come to know and love!

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