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A Horse for Bandobras  by Lindelea 9 Review(s)
DADGADReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/15/2024
Loved this chapter! Although, all the way through I had 'Horse with No Name' by America stuck in my head:

Btw I don't object at all to you reading 'More than Meets the Eye' and 'borrowing' ideas/concepts. We could establish a mini 'Bandobras head canon'

Author Reply: Sweet.

(Want to hear something funny? That song was stuck in my head most of the time I was writing this chapter, and for a long time afterwards! I had to put on a playlist of other songs to drive it out of my head at last.)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/12/2024
What absolutely darling conversations between Bandobras and this delightfully intelligent horse.

Author Reply: Thank you! I hope he doesn't sound unbelievably intelligent. It's just that I have the feeling that Wanderer is in the habit of holding long conversations with his horse as they're travelling. I read recently that the average dog can learn 165 words, including signals, and "superdogs" (in the top 20% of dog intelligence) can learn 250 words ( Someone on Quora thought horses could learn about 200 words. I've included that link plus two other interesting articles about horse intelligence below, in case anyone else is interested:

DADGADReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/10/2024
Oooh, I'm enjoying this and looking impatiently for the next chapter! Ever since I wrote my first fic (More than Meets the Eye) back in 2007, I've wanted more stories about Bandobras Took and the Battle of the Greenfields, especially if done on a less jokey way than I did.

Hmm, 'Wanderer' the folk in Bree (presumably?) were somewhat literal-minded even back in the 2700's :)

Author Reply: The next chapter is half-finished and on track to post mid-week!

LOL, I enjoyed playing with Aragorn's alias in Bree in this story, just a bit. Of course, this Ranger Chieftain would have been likely not to give his real name for much the same reasons as his descendant's.

Is More than Meets the Eye about Bandobras? (excited flutterings)
I have added it to my "want to read" list. (Of course, I plan not to read it until after this one is finished to avoid accidentally poaching your ideas. Things muddle themselves together in my brain sometimes, so I've found that precaution necessary since early in my fanfiction writing experience. When I do deliberately adopt someone else's idea, I take pains to give credit where credit is due, but I'm always afraid I'm going to encroach on someone else's creative work otherwise. Poor Larner has waited ages for me to read a story of hers that coincides with one of my WIPs... So I am working on that one behind the scenes while finishing the three that are currently being posted.)

Thanks so much for your encouragement! Your Import Duty is at the top of my reading list if I can just shrug off the tiredness that flattened me today. I'm going to take a nap now and hope that will recharge my batteries, even a little.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/7/2024
I'm enjoying this story very much. I always love tales where hobbits and Men learn from -- and teach -- one another.

Author Reply: I'm so glad! Bandobras has always fascinated me... I've long speculated how a Took of the Great Smials ended up settling in the North Farthing; how did that come about? I don't think JRRT ever said. However, he did write about the Battle of Greenfields and about Bandobras being tall enough to ride a horse, so I'm going with it, and filling in the gaps, where I can, as I go.

Thanks again for reading and stopping to leave your impressions. I definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/21/2020
Aha! Now we know that this particular Ranger is one of Aragorn's ancestors! A broken blade isn't exactly what most warriors would carry.

Oh, I finally finished your birthday story and posted it yesterday. It has consumed me for far too long!

Author Reply: Oh, hurrah! It is nearly midnight as I steal a few moments for fanfic, and my eyes are closing of themselves, but I certainly look forward to reading it in the morning!

Yes! The Blade That Was Broken makes a guest appearance... What fun!

sueReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/4/2020
Oh yummy. great writing and a nice grasp of building suspense. keep writing...I'll keep reading!

Author Reply: Thank you! Happy to oblige. More coming soon.

Anne C HallReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/4/2020
I like this! The descriptive language that tells the story through the scene is fun to read.

Author Reply: Thanks! I love drabbles...they're fun, challenging, and they force me to focus.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/4/2020
Ohhhh, I love this already!

Author Reply: Thank you! The next set is nearly ready to go.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/4/2020
What a great start. Looking forward to much more.
Hope it was a Happy Christmas and many wishes for a brilliant New Year!

Author Reply: Thank you! Have nearly finished polishing the next set. It was a good Christmas, thanks. Hope yours was happy, and wishing you a lovely New Year as well.

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