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Thirty Drabbles Hath November 2011  by Rhyselle 29 Review(s)
RagnelleReviewed Chapter: 18 on 11/26/2011
This was hilarious! Poor Frodo, maybe that is why he did not mind that the hobbits reserved their admiration for Pippin and Merry?

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 18 on 11/20/2011
And that pub will boast for all time that they served the Ring-bearer their finest cheese. :)

eilujReviewed Chapter: 20 on 11/20/2011
So now we know!

About the mushroom argument, anyway. There's still the question of why Merry was hiding from Ioreth....

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 17 on 11/18/2011
I like getting little glimpses into Frodo and Bilbo's lives together.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 17 on 11/18/2011
Trust Bilbo to mention the Elves! And his Adventure. And always teaching. While Frodo is young, rather incurious, and more of a typical hobbit than he will be when he is older. Then you add a bit of foreshadowing to end the drabble: very nice!

The quotation you want is from the bottom of the first page of A Long-Expected Party:

"The eldest of these, and Bilbo's favourite, was young Frodo Baggins. When Bilbo was ninety-nine he adopted Frodo as his heir, and brought him to live at Bag End; and the hopes of the Sackville-Bagginses were finally dashed."

So the adoption was sometime between September 22, 2989, and September 21, 2990: the year Frodo was 21.

I always imagined the Road had been paved during the early days of the Third Age -- and the Númenoreans were master engineers, with technology sometimes better than our own. So, definitely dirt-covered, but not much growing atop it except an occasional bit of grass, particularly in the low spots; stone showing through at the top of the crests. Still perceptible as the Roman roads were in Britain: though unlike them, in continual use since hobbits moved in to the Shire.

Psst -- Michel Delving. Related to the old words mickle/muckle. The E of A cites the OE micel.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 16 on 11/17/2011
So sad. (Okay: I hate to think of any hobbit dying under any circumstances.)

At least half the relevant fics I've read over the years have Merry and Pippin dying the same day; one I remember was 24 hours apart. Most fans just can't bear to separate them.

I am so sorry about your friend's passing.

Author Reply: I think that Merry lay in state for at least a day or two, if not longer, and so this would likely be the day after his death, at the very earliest, and I think that Pippin wrote to Faramir very late at night of the day that Merry died.

I don't think that I could bring myself to write more than these three drabbles about their passings, so the details of those days will probably remain unexplored by me.

Thanks so much for commenting on my drabbly offerings. I really appreciate it.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 15 on 11/16/2011
clothed...also with my love

That's lovely. *sniff*

eilujReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/13/2011
This is intriguing, and an idea I think I've only seen once very briefly before (the Grey Company before Rohan).

Fourteen Rangers together in the taproom would surely have unnerved all of Butterbur's guests -- and ruined custom for the evening as much as Frodo's regrettable incident did. Perhaps Butterbur was only asking out of habit, or to be polite? Or maybe to be prepared!

It would make a wonderful longer fic, even if only confined to the Rangers' time at the Pony. Though they didn't join the other customers in the taproom, they would still have been seen outside, and entering the inn. This is early 3019; there are strangers and refugees in Bree, too many of them ominous. Evil, unnatural things have begun to roam the vicinity already; these Rangers probably encountered some on their way. Such an unprecedentedly large host of Rangers in Bree would be regarded as just one more alarming and unwelcome intrusion into Bree's expected daily routine.

Did the Rangers all enter the Pony at once? I'm assuming they would have come from different directions, and so wouldn't all have ridden into Bree together. If not, did the latecomers know to go directly to the parlor (did they perhaps ask Butterbur if other Rangers were there?) or did a few find their way to the taproom and look around, alarming the patronage?

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/13/2011
For all that they didn’t startle when he’d opened the door, he could tell that they were well aware of him.

He's learned to appraise Rangers quite well over the years.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/13/2011
These are most enjoyable.

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