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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 579 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 88 on 8/12/2017
Ah, but it IS that point in their journey, after all. At least with Aragorn and Bill both in the company they have two to watch for changes in the patterns of the world and to realize possible dangers are creeping up on them!

Am off as of the last week of this month, from Tuesday on. Hope to see you, either possibly on the way down or the way home.

Author Reply: It will be good to see you. I can't believe summer's end is almost upon us, but I won't miss the extreme heat.

It's amazing how alert equines can be to their surroundings. (And yet, they can also so easiy find the one little thing in a field that they can injure themselves on...)

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 88 on 8/11/2017
And next come the crebain!

Author Reply: Exactly!

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 87 on 7/29/2017
One more note. I very much enjoyed the drills, and recognized at once the inspiration from the "Crebain" scene from the movie. It reminded me of another scene inspired by that one. Go to Budgielover's decade old stpry "A Lesson on Hobbits", to Boromir's chapter. It fills in details of that sword drill scene set in the rocky enclosure on their journey. The same scene more from Boromir's point of view. And is not that what we all enjoy so much about our fan-fiction! Filling in the holes, looking at our favorite scenes from every possible angle!

Author Reply: Oh, I need to hunt up that old story and re-read it. What fun!

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 87 on 7/29/2017
So lovely to see you still journeying along. "Jump in, strike, jump back again" Do you suppose as Pippin lay buried under that mountain of troll, dead from his own strike, that he had Boromir's voice in his head reminding him that he DID NOT JUMP BACK? As always, Bill's speculations about the other's thoughts and feelings are quite insightful!

Author Reply: I very much think that Pippin heard Boromir's voice saying strike and step back... And doesn't it sound like something Strider would remind him of, while coaxing him back to life after Gimli found him under the troll?


LyanaReviewed Chapter: 87 on 7/29/2017
I don't leave many reviews, but oh, I love this story! It's wonderful how you capture the pony POV, introducing Middle Earth and the Fellowship through scent, taste and sound. I always find myself completely swept into this gentle telling through Bill's eyes, ears and nose. I've never read anything quite like it. Thank you!

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I appreciate your taking time to leave an encouraging word. I am trying to update on a regular basis again, even though wolves and Caradhras and fearful "snakes" loom ahead. Yikes.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 87 on 7/28/2017
Aha! A good idea, that of Bilbo's, disguising sword drills as dancing lessons. Dora would have had a fit had he admitted he was preparing Frodo to one day take up his own adventure. As for the Brandybucks--I think they, too, would have been upset. But dancing is most proper for any Hobbit to know, after all. You'll find I managed to do much the same in "In Empty Lands," although I did it a bit differently.

Author Reply: Every lad should learn certain basic skills. After all, in Bilbo's opinion, the road can be a treacherous thing, and you never know where it might sweep you off to...


TariReviewed Chapter: 86 on 7/24/2017
What a wonderful surprise. I got back from vacation and found two chapters posted. They are both great. Thanks.

Author Reply: Welcome back from vacation!

(I am using my vacation to get in some writing time. What a lovely feeling.)


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 86 on 7/23/2017
Bill's just communicating as he can, and Sam is thinking problems? Glad all are concerned with seeing to our Bill's wellbeing, though. Thanks for this one!

Author Reply: Bill's trying his best, anyhow. I'm sure Legolas could have cleared things up, but he wasn't on the spot.

Thanks for leaving a good word!

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.

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