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Seeking to Ease Discomfort  by Larner 6 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/2/2016
This was very good -- well written, and full of the bittersweet that so pervades the ending chapters of LOTR. I especially was captured by the discussion of personal change happening at a different rate and on a completely different level than change of places and things. It's something on which I've often thought, and it happens to so many of us -- though not on the same level as for Frodo. Very nice, thanks for writing!

Author Reply: When I compare how things have changed with me with how they've done so for close friends, it's sometimes difficult to remember that we are so much of an age with one another. I know that although my own health is now at risk, it is so much less so than others who are the same age as myself, and the tragedy known by some has been enough to have destroyed many, yet they must face it day after day.

Life for Frodo must have been so difficult before he left Middle Earth as he fought PTSD and realized how he could never expect most he had to deal with regularly to begin to appreciate why he no longer was as he'd been before he left the Shire.

Thanks so!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/14/2016
And as he closed the door behind himself and Elanor, he wished more strongly than ever that Merry and Pippin, and Strider, would be going with them tomorrow morning as Frodo Baggins left Bag End and the Shire for good.

Does Sam suspect something? Or is it more like a growing unease?

Frodo of course knows that he will go where Sam can not follow, at least not now. Maybe the thought that he will have to explain it to Sam and the fear of how Sam might react have made his condition even worse.

I wished it would never have come to that situation!

Author Reply: I suspect that you are right. Frodo appears to have withdrawn from more than society there toward the end, even denying Sam the entire truth until it could no longer be denied. I am just so glad that Gandalf made certain that Merry and Pippin got there in time to allow them to bid Frodo good-bye as well. I know they needed and deserved it, and Sam needed the company on the way back; but Frodo himself also needed that, I suspect.

Thanks so!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/11/2016
This is so lovely and so heartbreaking, both for Frodo who knows what will happen on the morrow and Sam who does not...yet.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: True, Frodo knows that his true destination is not where Sam thinks he is going, and he's determined to keep that destination secret for as long as he can.

Thanks so, Antane.

Author Reply: True, Frodo knows that his true destination is not where Sam thinks he is going, and he's determined to keep that destination secret for as long as he can.

Thanks so, Antane.

TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/10/2016
So very sad. I always cry at the end of the last movie when Frodo takes that last ship. This is beautifully written.

Author Reply: I know. Greeks felt that drama had the responsibility to help exercise our emotions--all of them, from compassion to grief to joy; I felt that the movies did well at meeting these requirements.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/9/2016
This is a very gentle scene, so full of love on both their parts. I'm sure Elanor was a wonderful distraction and source of hope for Frodo.

Author Reply: I suspect that had she not become such a part of his life he might have left, one way or another, even earlier than he did. Thank you so, Shirebound!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/9/2016
It is so bittersweet that Frodo had to leave Middle-earth altogether to find his healing. Sam never got to see him again until Rose had died, and Merry and Pippin never got to see him again, period. Sam doesn't even know, as yet, that Frodo isn't going to Rivendell, but to Valinor.

Author Reply: We know that he didn't realize what was really planned until the met the party going West, and only then did he appreciate that this would be the last he'd see of Frodo for a very long time, if ever. How hard that must have been to accept, even though in his heart of hearts he knew it was the right thing.

That last night before they left Bag End how he must have planned to go visit Frodo and Bilbo in Rivendell at intervals, and how relieved he must have been at the thought that Frodo was going to the right place for him, and Sam and Merry and Pippin would be able to see him at times and be reassured he'd made the right decision. But in two days he will know differently.

Thank you so! I have been so grateful for your words of support over the past years.

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