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Dreamflower's Mathoms III  by Dreamflower 5 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/10/2013
Being kind, being nice, being courteous is never ever the wrong thing.

Very well said! And very true.

Unfortunately, not all people agree with Frodo, especially some line managers ;-)

But as we know, Pippin's success as Thain did not "suffer" from qualities like this one.

Author Reply: Yes, there are many people in the world who equate "rudeness" with "assertiveness"--it's nothing new, hence the hobbit complaining that Pippin would not be firm enough to be Thain since he was "too nice".

But Pippin had many good examples to learn the truth from: Frodo, Merry, Sam, Faramir, Aragorn--all of them were good leaders who did not need to tread on people to lead them.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/29/2013

I love Pippin trying to count 75 ill-doings (or more) and losing count early on. (Not that he ran out of ill-doings, just that it's so hard to keep track.)

...and that it's hard to sit still. And that Frodo shows up when wanted; I'm sure that didn't happen every day!

...and that Frodo looks as young as Merry (although I don't really love this fact, and it makes me feel rather sorry, but it is wonderful attention to detail)

...and Frodo's explanation of how Pippin should look at people; is he, perhaps, explaining just a little bit about how one manages The Look?

Thanks for a lovely bedtime read.

Author Reply: Well, the 75 was part of the challenge, LOL! But yes, when you are Pippin it is very easy to lose track of these things.

I'm quite sure it didn't happen every day, which is why it surprised Pippin so much.

I think, just every so often, Frodo's friends and kin would briefly notice--but then they'd brush it aside because after all, they do *know* how old he is and besides Bilbo stayed looking young for so long, perhaps it runs in the's those neighbors and acquaintances who don't know him quite so well that find it "uncanny".

Indeed he is; I think in later years, Thain Peregrin I will take this lesson to heart.

(((hugs))) Good to hear from you dear!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/25/2012
Awww, both sweet and wise!

Author Reply: Thank you, dear!

Sorry for the late reply. I am not getting any alerts for a while now!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/18/2012
Oh, but I do like this! Frodo is so right! What was intended to be belittling in the end proved the greatest compliment available! I'm proud of both Frodo and Pippin now. And Piffle! to Rosamunda and Duenna!

Author Reply: Yes, Frodo is certainly right.

That phrase from The Hobbit was so gentle and right in context, as poor Bilbo grieved for Thorin and the others lost in the Battle. But it's the sort of phrase that, taken out of context, can be quite condescending! And Duenna was definitely being condescending; Rosamunda not quite so much, but she could have defended Pippin better.

Frodo knows just how to nurture Pippin's best qualities. It's always been a conceit of mine that the two of them were very much kindred spirits, and that if Frodo's early life had not been shadowed by the loss of his parents he might have been much like Pippin later in life. But his grief gave him untimely wisdom and brought out his compassion for others in a way beyond his years. Still, I think in certain ways he understands Pippin even better than Merry does.

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/17/2012
Yay! DM3 has appeared! :D I am so excited!!!!!!!!!

Pippin IS a kindly soul, and he will continue to be! That is no bad thing - he will make an EXCELLENT Thain, and I would LOVE to see Rosamunda and Duenna get this thrown in their faces later! By the way, is Duenna Rosamunda's brother's wife, or her husband's sister? I don't recall meeting Duenna before, so you know how I am...*grin*

I have been terrible at reviewing, for which I am very sorry indeed :( I shall try to do better! Especially with a new Mathom-house to engage me!

Hope to see a sequel, or at least more Mathoms soon! What have you been up to? And how is Aunt Dora? How is her Book? :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel

Author Reply: Yes, the first story in the next hundred, LOL! Hope I can fill it up.

Duenna is Ferdinand's wife--I do not believe I have ever named her before (I hope I haven't, else I will have to change something), but I think she's one who spent too much time at the Great Smials under Lalia's influence (which also goes for Rosamunda, who pretty much grew up under Lalia's thumb) and thus has a skewed notion of propriety and status. They would find the more relaxed and sensible attitudes of Paladin and Egalantine to be out of place, because all they knew for years was Lalia's notion of the Took's importance.

(BTW, I also introduced a new family member in my last chapter of "Eleventy-one": Isengar's wife Citrine. I've yet to decide if they have any children.)

Is there such a thing as "terrible at reviewing"? I don't think so. I am pleased with any reviews I get, whether immediate or a little further down the road. And I always enjoy yours especially, for they are so enthusiastic!

I'm sure there will be more soon--so long as the monthly challenges keep up, there will be!

I've been concentrating a little more on young Dora in "Eleventy-one" and discovering what she was like as a child. But I have not forgotten that she has a little bit more to go in her Book of Manners.

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