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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 640 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 101 on 3/20/2021
Oh, such a beautiful vignette! Pippin has his own share of Hobbit magic! They needed such sharing that night.

Author Reply: Thank you. The narrative becomes so bleak and desperate from here all the way to the doors of Moria, I am seeking for any glimpses of light I can find.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 101 on 3/19/2021
It was so good of Pippin to give his own apple slice to Bill, since there were no more slices to be had.

This is not going to be a pleasant climb for any of them.

Author Reply: It was certainly not a pleasant climb the very first time I read the story decades ago, and it certainly has not improved with time. In fact, I think I didn't realize just how bad this part was until I was combing the text for clues. Somehow, I didn't realize how steep and rocky the way was before the snow started to fall. (I do love Pippin, bless his generous heart.)


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 101 on 3/19/2021
I move a step towards him and nod my head, and then I rest my face against his breast for a long moment

*happy sigh* Dear Pip, and what a gentle moment between them. This is one of my favorite moments so far!

Author Reply: I'm so glad to hear that! To win the trust of an animal is one of the best feelings there is. Thanks!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 100 on 3/18/2021
Trust to Hobbit boasting to hide the concern they really feel. So, Gandalf and Aragorn can do osanwe with one another, eh? And, of course, Bill will deny his Sam nothing!

Author Reply: Trust to hobbits...
I don't know if they can speak mind-to-mind, or if they simply stood there stubbornly, each waiting for the other to be the first to speak. (LOL!)

Thanks so much for taking time to share your thoughts. Glad you're feeling better.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 100 on 3/16/2021
Yaayy!! You're back to working on this story! I have really missed your updates! So, you'll post the next chapter on Friday? I can't wait! =)

So, Caradhras is next! It won't be pleasant for man or beast, and that's a fact, as Bill will soon discover.

Author Reply: Oh, Caradhras is a nightmare. And it just keeps getting worse, I'm sorry to say. Poor Bill. There's a long way to go to get to his happy ending. (Sigh.)

Yes, at the moment, I have arranged my work schedule (freelancing can be handy that way) to allow me to post two to three chapters a week, so I'm working at finishing one or two of the unfinished stories before tackling another.

(And I have time to read again! Looking forward eagerly to the next chapter in your joint effort!)

Thanks for stopping to leave a good word.

sueReviewed Chapter: 100 on 3/16/2021
Oh joy - Bill is back! I thought he had been abandoned. As usual, I really love your insight into pony thinking. He is wiser than even he knows. You must have been a horse in a previous life. I hope you will recount Bill's adventures getting back to Rivendell and beyond. Will he travel to Gondor with the wedding party? Reunite with Sam and the others and even travel on to the Shire? Oh the possibilities. You write so clearly that I can picture everything that is happening. ( ) - an apple for sweet Bill.

Author Reply: Never! All the WIPs keep bubbling away in the back of my brain, even when life gets in the way. I'm just so glad that the words have started to flow again. "Been a horse in a previous life" - well, at the very least, I grew up horse-crazy. I even owned a horse for a time.

Bill's adventures in this story are outlined all the way to the Grey Havens (and back). They follow book canon as far as possible, except for a large blank space that JRRT gave the barest hints about. Hopefully I won't take too much of a liberty with his wonderful characters...


Bill says the apple was sweet and crunchy, just the way he likes them.

Author Reply: (By "Never" I meant I never quite abandoned all the stories that are still waiting to be written. It's late, and I should be in bed, so I didn't know if that was clear in my original answer. Thanks for your patience with me.)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 100 on 3/15/2021
Bill's love for "his hobbits" just warms my heart. :)

Author Reply: (((hugs))) I'm so glad!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 99 on 3/13/2021
Alas, to scent the worry but not to be able to comfort as Aragorn and Frodo seek to reassure him.

Author Reply: Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for him at the moment?), Bill is not afraid of the thought of snow.

I figured he'd be able to perceive some strong emotions coming from Strider at this conversation between Ranger and Wizard, so I sneaked Bill into the scene, to listen along with Frodo. Thanks! Good to hear from you.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 98 on 3/13/2021
Joy to find this here! Love the exchange of Tookish charges, and Bill taking part in the song in a pony's way.

Author Reply: I'm glad you're feeling well enough to read! It must be great fun for Pippin to be able to accuse others of nonsense on a Tookish scale...


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 99 on 3/12/2021
I'm always so happy when Bill is fed, and enjoys someone's companionship. He's such a dear member of our Fellowship.

Author Reply: :)
I should be perfectly happy to write all fluff for the rest of my life, except Bill would never get back to Bree that way. But then, he'd never get separated from his Sam at this point in the story, either! So it's a thought. On the other hand, the Ring would never go into the Fire, so there is that. I suppose the story must go on.


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