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My Birthday Mathoms  by Mirkwoodmaiden 8 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/22/2020
Happy birthday!

I love so many things about this story. Merry's mum calling him "Muffin"! Merry sleeping on the long trip (reminds me of long drives from the Midwest to an eastern state to visit our grandma). Male communication - and Merry, so young, already joining in. I am in complete agreement about tea and cake, makes all sorts of things bearable. And marking the passage of time by tea and cake... so very hobbity.

I love the little glimpse of Saradoc and Paladin's younger years, with their sons following in their footsteps.

Lovely ending.

(I am saving your solstice story to savor after I finish this behemoth task... but I couldn't resist a glance at SoA this morning while waiting (hoping) for my coffee to kick in and saw your birthday mathoms. Looking forward to more if I can make some good progress today.)

Author Reply: Lindelea!

I realised that I had not answered this review yet! Very remiss of me. I shall rectify that now.

I loved writing this story. I imagined that Esmeralda would be a doting and very loving mother. Always knowing exactly what a young Merry (the darling of her eye) would want.

I wanted to paint Merry's excitement at meet his young cousin. I read somewhere (Fanon or Canon I don't remember) that Merry had a hand in naming Pippin so the story flowed from there.

Easy to imagine Men Hobbits having little to no interest in the ins and outs od "Woman Stuff" and Merry wants to be one of the menfolk so of course he is not interested in the Baby-being-born stuff! So glad you liked it. I tried to capture the spirit of hobbits though I don't often write Hobbit-centric stories. Hope it came across well.

I hope your Christmas has been safe and peaceful!

Stay Safe, Mellon nin, Stay safe!

((Christmas hug))


elizaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/15/2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND well done! mellon nin,

What an exceptional story, lol I love you lasgalen and yes even kings seem to ask stupid questions at the worst times (lol my own "king" decided to ask my doctor the score of a football in the middle of labor, I couldn't reach his throat).

What a nice family interlude.

Wishing you a Joyeux Noel et bonne annee

Author Reply: Eliza!

Thank you and I am very happy you took the time to write! It was a labor of love this story! Yes, even Kings can say stupid things!

About your King. I love football and yet if my hubby during labor asked about a score....Yeah I'd have tried for his throat as well! Men! :-)

I like to show Thranduil happy when I can. Otherwise he has much trama to deal with in many fanficts I read.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and to everyone (hopefully)

Stay safe! mellon nin!



LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/13/2020
The birth of a child should be as joyous as depicted here. At least Legolas knew he was begotten and born into the love his parents shared with one another.

Author Reply: Larner!

Yes, exactly.To tell true the theme of being born into love was inspired by your "Celestial Conversations" story. I wanted to show that was true for Legolas as well as Frodo. And any chance to show Thranduil in a happy circumstance is a good thing too!

Thank you so much for reading and responding. It really means a lot!

Stay safe, Mellon nin!



LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/13/2020
Now, this is indeed a wondrous gift to offer her husband on their birthday--that he is going to be a daddy!

Author Reply: Larner!

Hello! I thought it would indeed make for a lovely birthday present. Faramir given the chance to be the father he never had to a son he would love to distraction! Thanks!


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/13/2020
A sweet first meeting between these two who will always be best of friends as well as beloved cousins. Delightful!

Author Reply: Larner!

Thanks so much for reding and writing! I had a lot of fun writing it! I remember reading somewhere that Merry had a hand in naming Pippin. Don't know if that indeed is cannon or not but this story sprung to mind so I run with it!!


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/10/2020
We came here so that he would not born near evil. He shall be named for this place of green leaves, our new home. His home.

That's lovely. Happy Birthday, my friend! May this be the beginning of a wonderful new year for you... and all of us.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

So lovely to hear from you! Thanks! I wish the same thing for all of us! May the next year bring as much happiness as this year has brought sadness. Please stay safe Mellon nin!



shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/9/2019
It's wonderful to imagine the joy and healing Faramir and Eowyn found in their relationship, and a happily-ever-after for them both.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Exactly! I love thinking about how Faramir and Eowyn found each other. Two broken people who find each and heal each other and make the other whole and happy. Yeah!

When I was thinking about what to write about a birthday story for Faramir I first thought of a young Faramir (I even started writing it) but really anything about Faramir's young life is touched by sadness and I just wanted to write a happy story about him. :-)

thanks again for reviewing! :-)


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/9/2019
This is adorable. Happy Birthday to Pippin, and to you! Thank you for sharing such lovely gifts.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Once again thank you so much for reviewing. I tried something new writing and posting in the same day, not usual for me bur I really wanted to post them on my birthday! It was fun trying to write from an eight-year old Merry's perspective. The bond between the two is so close! Thanks again for reviewing!


Author Reply: And Thanks for the Birthday wishes!! It was a lovely day!


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