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Dreamflower's Mathoms III  by Dreamflower 7 Review(s)
AntaneReviewed Chapter: 25 on 7/30/2015
Sorry it took so long to get this sweet and wonderful story! Great souls indeed, and those who recognized such were themselves great too. Love it. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Sorry for not replying sooner! I'm glad you enjoyed this story.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 25 on 7/2/2015
Beautifully done. I don't know if I've read this before. I forgot to look to see if I'd left a review earlier. (How odd, to be able to read a story and then forget it. But it has happened a time or two. Chalk it up to busyness and stolen moments, reading in haste.)

It's such little details as this, that breathe life into your stories.
the others had long since ceased to eat, but he reached over and took the last apple from the bowl.

I read in a review reply that you'd thought of another scene with Merry and Pippin, except it would be sad. I thought of one, too, not quite so sad -- Merry and Pippin, just after they've handed their seals to their successors and come to Gondor in their old age. Pippin is sitting on a garden bench, swinging his legs as if he were still the young hobbit, and Merry is leaning against the bench smoking his pipe, both of them talking quietly, perhaps about events long past. Elessar and Arwen are looking over a wall at them, having just been told of their arrival; that they came quietly into the city with a small travelling party of merchants, without fanfare. It is a contemplative moment, before a joyous reunion.

I hope that thought brings you comfort.

Author Reply: I know that I've always believed that Merry and Pippin had several years of a pleasant and well-deserved retirement in Gondor, being both respected and coddled and spoiled by all in the Court of Elessar.

(Sorry for not replying sooner. I am finding several reviews that I somehow missed when they first appeared!)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 25 on 6/27/2015
Each vignette is a perfect expression of the power of this proverb as shown by Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam in especial. You have done the proverb so much honor, and so admirably!

Author Reply: I really wanted to include a moment with Merry and Pippin, but the only one that came to me was sad, and I wanted to end on a joyful note.

Thank you!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 25 on 6/27/2015
Very nice story!

Gilraen looked at the wizard. "Always it is the Shire with you! What is it you see in those little people?"

That must have been the thought of many people before the Ring War. Only Gandalf (and maybe some dwarfes and elves) knew about the special qualities of hobbits. And I am very glad that he could convince Aragorn that he was right.

Author Reply: Before the Ring was found, hobbits were more or less a secret, I believe. And any who had never seen the way they reacted to trouble would not know of their true abilities.

NotACatReviewed Chapter: 25 on 6/26/2015
Very nice indeed. I like the way you draw together little vignettes of interaction with a common thread ;-)

I did spot a couple of spelling and punctuation issues, the latter mostly involving closing quotes. Also, isn't the singular of Istari "Istar"?

Author Reply: Thank you!

I'll recheck. I had to compose part of it on my iPad, which can do odd things to my spelling without my knowledge; I've yet to figure out how to get the autocorrect to be less enthusiastic and strange. But you are correct about "Istar". Good call, thank you.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 25 on 6/25/2015
The hobbits are not the only ones with great souls--so is Aragorn!

Author Reply: Yes, Aragorn himself and Gandalf as well. You found out the hidden meaning in the story: that great souls will recognize one another, and yet may miss their own greatness. (Because one part of a great soul is humility.)

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 25 on 6/25/2015
This is excellent. Thanks

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

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