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At Tharbad's Greenway Spring Faire  by Dreamflower 4 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/11/2015
There is absolutely no need for embarrassment!

On the other hand, even in the early years when this tradition was still young, not all hobbits liked it very much ;-)

At least there will always be the Red Book for all those who ARE interested in their past. And they will see the worth of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam!

Author Reply: Exactly! You have hit the nail on the head on all counts!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/7/2015
Oh! That's so sad...

Author Reply: Sad, and yet bound to happen sooner or later...

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/7/2015
Alas that Harding does not appreciate the true sacrifice his grandfather and his father's name-father gave for all Hobbits of the Shire. Not a good thing to put the past totally behind one, for those who insist on ignoring the past have the unpleasant experience far too often of reliving it.

Author Reply: No, he doesn't. I think perhaps Harding is a throwback to the Gaffer: a little too concerned with what's "proper", but without the context of the social divide between working class and gentry. He prefers to forget not only the unconventional and "improper" beginnings of his family's prosperity, but also the origins of the family itself.

I think in later life, Harding will come to regret his choice to put the opinions of others above his family.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/7/2015
I am glad that at least Frodo Gardener understood these things, and he hadn't even known his namesake or Bilbo, but obviously loved his father and knew his father had loved these two Bagginses. Good for him!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I feel like Sam's stories of both Frodo and Bilbo (not just from the Red Book, but more homey memories of his own of growing up under their influence) would have made them seem very real and present to Sam's own children. In my Shire 'verse, the children are encouraged to think of Frodo as a long-lost uncle. Frodo-lad, especially felt the influence of his namefather.

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