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Turnabout  by Ariel 81 Review(s)
BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/2/2005
Yes, Sam has come a long way - still modest, but a lot more confident as to his abilities. He and Merry are the ones with the best idea of what is going on with Frodo - I like the bit where 'Merry felt Sam was acting more as one would for a greatly aged but beloved father than for a dear master; with reverence, not just respect, and a touch of helpless sadness'. Sam and Merry ought to be good friends - they are quite alike in many ways.

And I'm glad Frodo thinks he'll be all right - even if he does know that it won't be in the way his friends would like.

Author Reply:

I wanted to show the subtleties of the way these relationships had changed as I saw them, because they've been presented in just about every way imaginable. LOL! Might as well get my two cents in, eh? I am glad you enjoyed my take on them!

CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/28/2005
A smile that was both gentle and full of wisdom crossed his face and Merry suddenly saw that there was nothing at all fragile or ephemeral or intangible about his cousin.  Frodo's will seemed revealed to him for the briefest of moments and Merry drew in his breath in amazement, perceiving it.  Here was a hobbit whose strength had changed the world, one whose deeds would be remembered by men after all the others of his race were dust.  There was something in Frodo Baggins as unyielding as the roots of a mountain and yet mortal, fallible and somehow even more incredible because of it. 

Oh wow Oh wow. And I had already thought I wouldn't ne able to love this tale more than I already did. *hugs you* Wonderful, Ariel. Insightful, clever, wise, extremely well written. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Author Reply:

Ah! Thank you! The praise of the praiseworthy is a gift indeed! (((((HUGS)))))

SilverMoonLadyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/28/2005
My dear, this is a *lovely* piece! I really love the way you write Frodo post-quest, as well as the insights and impressions of his friends; it's like we're sitting in the room with them... What a beautiful idea, that one could glimpse a reassuring snippet of those we love, especially in Frodo's case, having the knowledge that he was not long for this world...
Thank you!

Author Reply:

Awww! Thank you! Your insights into Pippin are very satisfying to me as well! Your character is closest to the one I see - the logical extension of the one we meet in the text. It's a real delight!

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/28/2005
I love Sam and Gandalf`s conversation and how Gandalf praise Sam, he certainly deserve it! I don`t think I`ve seen anyone write about how Frodo is becoming older and looking is "right" age before (but then I tend to concentrate on Merry, lol) but the description was beautiful and I think it is true that he would look older already in Minas Tirith

He might have learned his own worth, but he also knew Frodo’s.
I love this about Sam! It`s very good to see him seeing his own worth at last.

Poor Merry and Frodo too, so sore that even athelas can`t do the trick properly! And the description of them as "old gaffers" made me laugh and how Pip explains about the tree seems just right.

And I absolutely love how you describe Merry`s and also Sam`s perceptiveness of Frodo.

THANK YOU! for writing this

Author Reply:

Awww! Well, you asked for it! It was funny - when I read your request, I thought about this bunny and it just seemed to fit exactly to what you were looking for (or at least as close as I could come - LOL!). You definitely got the spark started, so I acknowledged it.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/28/2005

This has been a very enjoyable story. Her you can see sam feels something is changed about frodo,and wants to protect him.
As all of the hobbits gather together Merry is worried and as Frodo talks about the future Merry can see for the first time a power of a sort frodo has.
A very emotional story,thanks for sharing....

Author Reply:

And thanks for reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
A truly beautiful description of Frodo's understanding, and the way in which the others, particularly Merry and Sam, begin to realize what will be.

Thanks for the story.

Author Reply:


*Wags tail*

And thank you for a truly beautiful and most appreciated compliment! Finding that someone 'gets' what you meant to say is just so rewarding!

InklingReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
Well done, Ariel! A poignant, but still hopeful, ending.

This was a beautiful image: “Frodo’s spirit still burned bright, like a light shining from within, but it was as if the glow was now cloaked in ash, like the embers of a dying fire.”

"I think the last chapter was slipping back into my old style…"

Perhaps, but to me that’s a good thing! :) Unless you think it’s too great a shift in style or tone within one fic…I think I’m guilty of the same tendency in my writing.

In any case, I like fan fiction that makes you think, as this passage does:

“There was something in Frodo Baggins as unyielding as the roots of a mountain and yet mortal, fallible and somehow even more incredible because of it.”

Yes…just as the sadness and sense of loss at the end of LOTR are what make it greater and more memorable than a simple happy ending would have, so too Frodo’s mortal fallibility make him a more complex and memorable character than if he had simply thrown the Ring into the Cracks of Doom. That’s how I see it, at least….

Thanks for another lovely fic, my dear…

Author Reply:

*Can do nothing but agree with this insightful post*

Umm... YES!

And thank you for your new one as well - I will gladly hand over my 'slowest writer' crown to you, but if there's anything I can do to help you give up the title to some other person, do let me know. (ie. I am dying to find out what is going to happen down by the river!)

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
I agree about how things that are memorable (and, therefore, well written) and have a message be it war and struggle or love and hate, stick in your head for a reason. It is the mark of a true artist to be able to achieve this. It doesn't make it any easier for those of us who are mentally unstable tho' LOL. In you next won't be terribly depressing will it? Listen to me...I write the angstiest, dark and depressing stories there are and hear I am bitching at you!! LOL. I just crave happy endings, I suppose. Hey, thanks for listening. Wish I could remember how to reply to review responses and not mess up your reviews by answering back like this.....take it easy

Author Reply:

Oh, dear - not terribly depressing? Hon, I am just at the part in YOUR fic where Frodo has fallen down near the pool in the other room - and you are wanting me to write something sweet?!?!? hehehehehe Maybe you DO need cheering up!

Well, most of mine have somewhat happy endings, but I think, of all mine, the harem fics have the happiest endings of all. Read the one called 'Pipes After Supper', if you haven't already, for something G rated and really hopeful. It'll give you serious warm fuzzies. :D

ElwenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
I like your wise Frodo. And you highlight the change in Sam, from servant to friend, very well.

And, of course, the whole thing makes me want to sob.

Author Reply:


*Wags tail*

That was the part of this story that I was most particularly proud of. Their relationship is another one that is so complex and often presented as so different than what I saw in the book that I can't help but want to showcase my interpretation of it. Thank you for telling me you appreciate it.

Gentle HobbitReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
What a treat - three more chapters to read. I'm sad that it is finished. I feel very comfortable with your hobbits. Merry and Pippin felt "right" to me. No "cute" Pippin or overly scheming Merry -- no, they felt akin to the book characters. And I love that moment when Merry catches a glimpse of Frodo "unveiled". Your writing gave me just as startling a clear image of Frodo as Merry felt that he saw. Lovely writing, Ariel. Thank you so much for this.

Author Reply:

That's the unveiled Frodo as I have always seen him. He's such a wonderfully complex character in the book and so often glossed over by fanfic (or film) that I can't help but want to show his true depth and strength in my stories. Thank you for appreciating it (and for writing a similarly strong Frodo in your own stories!)

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