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And Where Are the Children?  by Larner 4 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/27/2020
Oh, this sounds like quite the mystery! And you do mysteries so well...

Author Reply: Good to hear from you, my lady! Thanks! Hope you enjoy it to the end!

And the Goblin King is, at last, on his way out! Halleluia!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/24/2020
Larner!

A wonderful first chapter. So much was lost in the Shire. I can feel the homeliness of the Shire and the deep regret of all that was lost.

Hope you are well!

MM

Author Reply: Am so glad you like this. I love the Shire, and am glad that I can help bring it to life.

Am well so far, although family troubles have made Thanksgiving a bit difficult this year. Hope you and yours are well, too.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/16/2020
Well, my latest deadline took until the strike of two, but I find this chapter goes just as well with morning coffee as with an herbal nightcap (which I eschewed in favor of going directly to bed). How lovely to see Frodo healthy and purposeful, and his faithful Sam — and a glimpse of Freddy and the Cottons! I’m intrigued at the hint of things to come, and grieved at how much has been lost at the ruffians’ hands, livelihoods and homes and simple comforts. I like Frodo’s determination, and how when the monumental restoration begins to feel overwhelming, Sam immediately bolsters him with hope and a report of other practical hobbits who are already tackling the rebuilding. Frodo is not alone. Shirefolk working together will restore the Shire. A hopeful vision.

Author Reply: To learn that so much was taken, and at times such odd things--that must have puzzled many of the Hobbits of the Shire at the time. But the Master tells us that many hands aided Sam as he saw the infrastructure of the Shire rebuilt, from the small hands of lads and lasses to the wrinkled ones of gammers and gaffers, as each sought to help others as he or she might. That must have heartened all four of the Travellers as they sought to remake their beloved land into the image of peace they remembered as they found others there so willing to help them.

It took until two in the morning? Aach! Although I remember having to stay up late correcting papers or devising particular lessons for my children when teaching. Brailling Spanish lessons often took days to complete!

Thanks so much, and love to the lasses, their father, and the furry ones.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/16/2020
I'm intrigued, Larner! And it's wonderful to see how much Sam and Frodo are already looking ahead to the restoration of the Shire and its folk.

Author Reply: It had to be so difficult for Frodo and Sam in particular to see how much of the Shire was damaged while they were gone, and how much in unnecessary want their neighbors and relatives found themselves. At least both now were able to work on the restoration. They must have been so heartened to find their fellow Hobbits were willing to aid them as they saw the work started.

Thanks so, Shirebound!

Author Reply: It had to be so difficult for Frodo and Sam in particular to see how much of the Shire was damaged while they were gone, and how much in unnecessary want their neighbors and relatives found themselves. At least both now were able to work on the restoration. They must have been so heartened to find their fellow Hobbits were willing to aid them as they saw the work started.

Thanks so, Shirebound!

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