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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 571 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 86 on 7/21/2017
Love it when you add in bits of fun research at the end of the chapter!

I love the concern the whole group is showing towards Bill, making sure he is OK. And I enjoyed seeing Sam defer to Merry as more of the expert on ponies--it highlights the idea that ponies are something a Brandybuck is going to know more about than a Gamgee or even a Baggins! (Not necessarily a Took, but Pippin at this stage would defer to Merry as well.)

Very nicely done. Such a shame this stop won't end as pleasantly as it began. *sigh* Canon. Sometimes it's just no fun to know ahead of time.

Author Reply: *sigh* Canon. Too bad Bill doesn't have a Eucatastrophe in store. "And then the Eagles came, and the flew them all out of the blizzard, out of Caradhras' reach, and to the Fiery Mountain so that Frodo could drop It into the fire, and then back to Mines Tirith for a huge feast! And they all lived happily ever after."

One reason for the concern, at least for those who are well aware of the territory they're about to cross, is that he is their only pack pony for the climb up to the Redhorn pass...

(Hope I said that right. Am not looking at the book at the moment, but drinking tea and answering reviews.)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 86 on 7/21/2017
Dear Bill. I just love reading his story.

Author Reply: It has been such fun to re-live the journey through Bill's eyes.

Thanks! Hope your move is going well.

Sue CookeReviewed Chapter: 85 on 7/16/2017
Thank you, thank you !!!

Author Reply: You're welcome! And thank you for stopping to leave an encouraging word. :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 85 on 7/15/2017
Ah, but a lovely moment here, and so pleasant to see them all relatively lighthearted for the moment.

Good, solid Sam and Bill, neither wanting to say anything critical of "their betters." Heh!

Don't know if I'll be down unless I only stop to see you. Meesh has had visitors for the past couple of months, and has made it plain she doesn't really want more until the end of August for her birthday on September first.

The dogs are full of beans, and you'll be surprised to see how much Bettina has grown.

There has been chaos since the beginning of May, so it's not been easy for me to get away, and the last few weeks I've been fighting asthma pretty badly. Am so tired of coughing my head off!

Love to all there.

Author Reply: Sorry to hear about the asthma.

We holidayed a few hundred miles to the north, and my allergies all disappeared for the duration! Must be slightly different pollen there than here -- the allergies all returned when we got home again. I don't think it's just the cats, because I sneeze as much outside as I do inside.

Sam and Bill know their place, and are not above reminding the gentlehobbits of the fact. I bet if Pip were to be too cheeky towards our Bill, he might be sent sprawling! But then, Bill *might* be too well-mannered, as things stand, and might make allowances for a younger hobbit, after all.

I imagine she has grown quite a bit! And quite a little beauty, I'd imagine.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 85 on 7/14/2017
Oh, my dear! You are SO good with the hobbit banter--and I love hearing it through Bill's eyes.

He seems to be becoming a much wiser hobbit, and more understanding, the more he travels with this group! Love his voice!

Author Reply: Very hobbits, indeed. He's in good company!


Author Reply: I meant "very hobbity"! But autocorrect tripped me up. Huh.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 85 on 7/14/2017
I am so glad that you have finally posted an update! Please post them a little more frequently after this, OK? I want to see how it goes from here! It'll be interesting to see how Bill fares, going up that mountain with that extra load of firewood.

Author Reply: I will do my very best to post more often. My goal has always been at least once a week, but it has been too many weeks...

Ah, yes, I had forgotten that extra load of firewood. If I'm remembering right, Bill looks reproachful when the extra wood is suggested.


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 85 on 7/14/2017
Master turns his head towards Youngest, and ruffles his curls. ‘You’re making more sense than you usually do,’ he says affectionately. ‘I don’t know why, but I feel as if it ought to worry me.’

*grins* What a delightful line.

Author Reply: *grin* How I have missed hobbits! off to read your recent posting...


Sue CookeReviewed Chapter: 84 on 5/20/2017
Oh, please, please continue this story! It is one of my very favorite LOTR fictions (and I read a lot of them). Your characterization of Bill is so spot-on. I want his WHOLE story; making his way back to Rivendell and how he came to be in Bree again and his reunion with Sam. Please, with hobbit cakes, please write more.

Author Reply: Oh, thank you so much for the encouraging words! (and hobbit cakes. delicious things, they are)

The whole is outlined, and I keep hoping to get back to writing on a daily basis. I made it, this week, at least. Will keep trying. It will be so lovely to write the reunion scene between Sam and Bill in Bree... Like a reward, shining at the end of a long journey, beckoning me onward.

PSWReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/8/2016
Nope...not much to like about the Midgewater Marshes...

Mr. Apples-and-Mischief. Ha! Truer words were never spoken. :-P

Thanks for writing!

Author Reply: Belated thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a good word!

(Sorry, I just now saw this review. It is, however, greatly appreciated all the same.)

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 84 on 10/7/2016
The day is rapidly approaching when Bill will have to part company with the rest of the Fellowship! Wonder how he will fare after that, before he ends up back in Bree.

Author Reply: There is certainly plenty of scope for adventures in such a gap-filler!

Thanks! (and apologies for the long gap)

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