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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 579 Review(s)
CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
My old misery ducks too late, and I hear him cursing from behind the hedge, yet my trembling has left me, and I step forward confidently under Sam's guiding hand and Pippin's soft pull. Somehow I know I have nothing to fear any more. I lift my tail as we pass by the rusty gate and leave a steaming pile in the middle of the entry to the overgrown yard, a last farewell.

'Waste of a good apple,' Sam says, but I shake my head. It was my apple, after all, and I gladly donate it in service to the cause in which it was employed.


*laughs*

I love it. I lovelovelove it. Bravo.

Author Reply: Thank you!

Hopefully Bill will provide a bit of lightness to the heavier parts of the story, as well. He seems to have his head on straight. Ponies are eminently practical creatures, when they aren't taking on irrational dislikes/fears.

CuthalionReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/3/2005
And then Sam came. Practically a pony himself, that one. He doesn't complain, weighed down by his burden. And neither shall I.

*grins with delight* Absolutely wonderful Lin, the whole thing. *hugs*

Author Reply: *hugs back*

Glad to have made you grin! I figure Bill must have been something special, to get all the way to Moria, and then back again by himself. What a journey that must have been!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
I like Bill's memory of 'his misery' (very sad but well done) and his reaction to the use of the apple. I'm sure that is exactly what Tolkien intended him to think. :-)

Author Reply: LOL... I figured if Sam had an apple in his hand, either he was going to eat it himself or he was offering it to Bill, and it makes sense that if he was leading Bill, the apple was meant for Bill. I don't think Sam would have regretted so much the waste of a good apple if it had been on his own account, but that it was *Bill's* apple, well, that is cause for regret, from Sam's viewpoint.

(OTOH, Bill appreciated the apple's fate)

elliskaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/3/2005
If Bill as the tenth walker has been done, then I missed it. This is adorable. You have given him quite a personality in just the beginning chapter. I really like this. :-)

Author Reply: Thank you! Ponies do have quite a lot of personality, I've found. They definitely think their own thoughts.

Hit and Run ReviewerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
Glad to see the update. Glad to know I was good for something...

But not a sip of water for the poor sweat-soaked pony pulling the sledge!

Husband bellyached those very words to me yesterday while cleaning out the barn. Thanks for the chapter!

Author Reply: Sounds as if you ought to give the old pony at least a sip of water!

Thanks!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
Straight from the horse's mouth--I like this! Nice gift for Bill to leave Ferny. *offers Bill a big juicy apple*

Author Reply: Bill takes the big juicy apple and nods his head in appreciation, eyes half-closed in his bliss, as he crunches away.

JulieReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
I'm really enjoying this story from Bill's POV immensely! I love his little farewell present. LOL! Looking forward to reading more soon--I'm eagerly awaiting his POV when he has to carry poor Frodo.

Author Reply: Thanks for the encouragement! Yes, his thoughts on having to carry poor Frodo are in an upcoming chapter.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
And my old woman from Archet is there, smiling in the midst of the wondering faces.

This is a hard world in which to be old and powerless. I'm glad she saw Bill find a better home. And I'm glad that Sam throws a mean apple.

Author Reply: Yes, Sam throws quicker than a man can duck. Says something for hobbits and their aim.

I think the Bill's "old woman" ought to have a touching reunion with the "old" pony later in the story, don't you?

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/2/2005
Oh, poor Bill! Such a miserable life he had with Ferny, before the Travellers came along and saved him from it.

This is so much fun!

Author Reply: Poor old Bill. It's a good thing he's not all that old; I figure he's only about four or so. He's going to need his strength and wits!

Hit and Run ReviewerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/2/2005
I'm a sucker for a Tenth Walker fic. This one didn't disappoint.

Author Reply: "Hit and Run Reviewer", what a name! You have given me a chuckle today, thanks.

Glad you're not disappointed. Your review came in just as I was trying to decide which story to update, so you can take some credit for the next chapter being added today to this one.

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