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Import Duty  by DADGAD 12 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 3/20/2024
Most amusing and instructive. We had an antiques store for a time, and found we had to be very careful in describing some certain items in our import lists that we not lose valuable glassware by describing a particularly nice vase as "lead crystal" as "lead" is a trigger word understood by import officials indicating "poisonous." The lead in such items cannot be passed into food or drink, but it still set off alarms in the beauracrats' brains.

Loved this!

Author Reply: Dear Larner, thank you so much for the reviews. You were one of my favourite writers in this genre from the beginning, so it's most appreciated. I had some of your stories in mind when I wrote about the Steward(s) who had blocked Arvedui's claim to the throne of Gondor in Chapter 6.

I will take note of never trying to import "Lead Crystal" into the USA. Don't think its quite as bad here, but we are paying duty on a lot more things these days.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/20/2024
Perhaps not....

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 3/20/2024
Clever--and well prepared--Faramir!

Author Reply: Yes, Faramir knew that he had everything, before sending Angren and Thenweg into see the King. And of course, had realised he'd need two witnesses to the signing of the new statute.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/20/2024
5oo many zeros, I understand....

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 3/20/2024
Time to rewrite the statutes, then. Heh!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/20/2024
Will "hand carried by owner" serve?

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/20/2024
More a mass of Gordian Knots we have here! An ancient Dwarf from a land long under Sea forged it first, and it has passed through many hands and lands prior to its being reforged in Rivendale....

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/20/2024
Ah, yes--the tangles of beauracracies. A Gordian Knot that may need Anduril's blade to cut it!

Did Faramir put these men up to this?

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/20/2024
Just as such things are about to come to pass? Sounds as if this will indeed be--interesting.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/10/2024
‘Well, we will just have to see’, he said, clapping his King on the shoulder, ‘let’s not worry about things that haven’t happened yet’.
Somehow that has the ring of Famous Last Words.

...and then just the one.
I have a sneaking suspicion.

navigate between the hammer and the anvil.
Clever. Sounds very naturally like a metalsmith's expression.


Ah, lawyers. Some of my siblings and in-laws are lawyers. You've pegged their communication style quite well, I think.

Looking forward to reading more!

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