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A Founding Member  by Larner 7 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/20/2015
Looks like Lotho has found the perfect partner in crime.

Author Reply: That he has! Heh! Thanks, Tari.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/18/2015
people were likely to accept its inclusion as typical Sackville-Baggins dismay that they weren’t likely to ever dwell in Bag End themselves

What a perfidious plan! At first I had my doubts, but now I think that it really will work that way.

It seems that Lotho found a fellow that day. What they have in common is the hate for Frodo Baggins.

Author Reply: Oh, yes, Lotho has found a fellow indeed after all this time, with their joint hatred for Frodo bringing them together, and their desire to jointly put one over on the whole Shire keeping them in collusion together.

Glad you can see how this idea that the SBs were only expressing frustration would in the end work to fulfill Lotho's designs! Thanks so, Andrea!

someoneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/18/2015
Lotho and Timono's personality shows clearly in this chapter. They don't seem to care if they bankrupt other hobbits, as long as they show their own cleverness and get their revenge. It really is clever to notice the problems in the contracts and realize how Frodo will one day leave the Shire. I just wish they would have put their brains to better use. And all this planning while Timono's father is dying.

I'm a little confused as this chapter seems to have happened earlier than the previous one, unless the previous was the prologue and this starts the story.

Author Reply: Yes, this one is actually set prior to the previous chapter, and the previous chapter was intended to be the prologue: but numbering on other sites but this doesn't account for prologues, too, so I'd thought to try to keep numbering consistent in all archives, but will amend this one.

Lotho does know his detested cousin better than many others do, and both he and Timono indeed intend to get their revenge on everyone they feel has ever slighted them. I doubt many will truly mourn the passing of Tiercel Bracegirdle, but he certainly didn't deserve to have his son planning such perfidy on that day of all days, did he?

Thanks so for your comments!

TiggerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 8/20/2015
When he named his Sister's Children, I thought they sounded familar and sure enough... The likes of Timono always know how to play such as the Patrons of The Rusty Nail sadly, so no shocker this how thos Hobbits who were part of the Gatherers and Sharers were roped into service as such. By the time all is said and done, they are going to wish they'd seen the true reason "life isn't fair" for what it truly was, that they weren't willing to put in the hard work needed for life to be a bit more fair.

Then again, it seems they never really do learn that little fact and go on about how it's not fair their "good fortune" came to an end instead. :o(

Looking forward to seeing where you take this one and can't wait for the next chapter!! :oD

Author Reply: Well, the next chapter is up, although it occurs actually in time previous to this one. We're seeing just how Lotho got into his role as tyrant of the Shire. Heh!

You are certainly right as to why he doesn't appear to be doing as well as his sister and her husband!

Thanks so, Tigger!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 8/14/2015
Founding member of the "Gatheres and Sharers" - a questionable honor!

So, let's see to which exctent Otis' laziness is transformed into criminal energy. Poor Sweatpea - what a brother!

Author Reply: I so agree--a most questionable "honor." And I don't think he'll be happy with the final result of his actions.

TariReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 8/12/2015
This is so close to real life that it's scary.

Author Reply: I so agree, Tari! Thanks!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 8/12/2015
Oh, my. Quite the darker side of hobbits. Yet we know there were collaborators amongst the Shire folk, so this makes sense.

Intriguing beginning. I really don't like Timono. And I think Otis had better watch his step.

Author Reply: Indeed, the darker side! And Otis just made a major mistake, although it will be nearly a year before he begins to realize just how bad a mistake he's made!

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