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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 640 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 104 on 4/10/2021
Now--a true cliff-hanger! A terrible situation to find the Fellowship in, and as of now only Bill misses Pippin. ?

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 104 on 3/30/2021
I love Bill's ever-evolving names for Merry!

Author Reply: He remains confused at Merry's given name, but he makes the best of it.

Thanks!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 104 on 3/29/2021
Ouch! This is where the snow is getting REALLY bad! So bad, in fact, that they will be compelled to turn around and go back the way they came.


Author Reply: JRRT described it as a blizzard. I had forgotten the feels voices and falling rocks. Definitely not fun.

Thanks for reading and stopping to leave an encouraging word!

Author Reply: (That should be "fell voices" (on the wind); silly autocorrect!)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 103 on 3/27/2021
At least we know that Frodo knows of what he speaks, and Merry is wise enough to appreciate the veiled warning. As for Bill--he has the wisdom of his kind, and is ready to help either Frodo or Merry as might be needed, as was true of Frodo earlier.

Author Reply: Ah, yes, older cousins talking over the head of the younger one. Sometimes he's sharp enough to catch it, but this time, thankfully, it goes right past him. Worry is wearying, and Pippin, as smallest hobbit at this point, needs all the energy he can muster for the climb.

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sueReviewed Chapter: 103 on 3/26/2021
Oh, my poor cold Bill. What a giving soul he is worrying so about his hobbits!

Author Reply: Ponies can be so affectionate and loving when they have bonded with someone.

Thanks so much for reading and leaving an encouraging word!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 103 on 3/26/2021
Bill certainly provides an anchor for the hobbits to hold onto in this snowstorm. I'm wondering how poor Bill is going to fare when the snow practically buries the hobbits!


Author Reply: Considering how much I hate heights, I appreciate Bill all the more for his steadiness (four legs are better than two?). I can't imagine walking on a snowy trail with a sheer drop on one side. (Driving mountain roads is bad enough, and thankfully not something I've had to do often.) Poor Bill! JRRT tells us he was dejected, so there is that.

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KathyGReviewed Chapter: 102 on 3/26/2021
The ironic thing is, when he's back in the Shire, Frodo ends up doing exactly that! Writing a book, I mean.

Meanwhile, it's interesting to see how Bill is faring in this climb.


Author Reply: I wonder when, exactly, he decided he was going to write a book, and what the deciding factor was? That would make an interesting gapfiller.

Good old Bill. He does his best, for sure.

Thanks!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 103 on 3/26/2021
Good old Bill, what would the hobbits do without him? His POV of all of these events is so interesting to experience.

Author Reply: It has been interesting to revisit this familiar story through his POV. I thought I knew it well (it was my comfort reading every winter, getting me through recurring bouts of bronchitis and a couple spells of pneumonia). But going through it again while imagining how it looked through Bill's eyes, so much of it seemed new to me!

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LarnerReviewed Chapter: 102 on 3/24/2021
What Frodo SAID and when and where he said it is one thing. What he Will do is not necessarily the same thing, of course. Bless Frodo for not wanting the scare everybody else when he started to slip. Bless them all for doing their best to assist Bill!

Author Reply: Certainly! I can so see him not wanting anyone to worry about him, so much so that he didnít even include it in the account he wrote down afterwards.

Thanks! So good to hear from you.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 102 on 3/22/2021
The smallest moments of -- and reasons for -- laughter are so very precious.

Author Reply: Definitely. We've discovered that in this long and stressful time. We don't laugh as much as we did when we were able to gather together, which makes laughter all the more precious now. Thanks for reading and stopping to leave a good word.

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