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Dreamflower's Dribs and Drabs  by Dreamflower 362 Review(s)
TiggerReviewed Chapter: 65 on 7/31/2015
Sigh...There is nothing like a Menelcar story or ficlet to read and enjoy. :o). This makes perfect sense to me of why Hobbits give, instead of getting, on their Birthdays and I wish I could do this w/my Family, but I sadly know better.

I know a few people who send their Mothers in Law flowers on their Spouse or Partner's Birthday in Thanks for the life of their loved one and I think is such a lovely thing to do. I mentioned to one that was a very Hobbity thing to do, a fellow Ringer at that, and he was stunned he'd forgotten about that custom until I'd mentioned it to him. We had a good laugh over his reaction. :oD

Thanks for another always lovely Pippin and Menelcar tale. BTW, I was re reading the, for lack of a better term, Hobbits Embassy to the Land of the Big Folk trilogy the other night and was wondering when we'll see the Adventure continue? Especailly as I think we all know that Bracegidle is going to try something to escape from his new situation and surroundings, just what that might be though....

I hope that didn't sound demanding or whiny. It's just become one of my Favourite Series here and I'm curious to see how it all turns out. :o)

Once again, Thanks for this lovely little ficlet!! Hope the Summer is being just as lovely in your neck off the Woods!! :o)

Author Reply: Thank you very much for your kind words. I love hobbit gift-giving customs!

"In the Court of the High King" has been on hiatus a while. I actually have the next chapter almost ready, but it is stuck with my medical beta right now, and she has a very busy time. Still I think I will forge ahead with most of the other chapters in the hopes that when I get the chapter back I can continue the story more quickly. Rest assured it is NOT abandoned!

(I don't think you are demanding or whiny. I reserve that title for commenters at ffn who feel free to point out typos, demand an update, and never bother to say anything nice about the story itself. I never have that problem here on SoA!)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 66 on 7/20/2015
He hugged his farewells, at least, and knew that his beloved companions would miss him terribly and yet accepted he must go--now.

Love this trio, as I said before. Again, thank you for bringing out the similarities, and that in each case he was able to exercise his own free will.

Author Reply: Yes, he did have to go when he did.

It was always about choices. Yes, he'd been chosen for the task he undertook, but he chose whether or not to accept. And it was a choice he had to continue making over and over, at each stage of the journey.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 66 on 7/20/2015
And simply walked onto the ship of his own free will too - and not so simply too, all three of those journeys. Thank God he had Sam for two of the three and Gandalf the whole time. Bless the dear wizard for his love of hobbits! :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you, dear! I'm glad you liked it!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 66 on 7/18/2015
As I mentioned on the other site, in addition to the content, I find the structure elegant. I love the mirror symmetry of the first two parts, and the breaking of the pattern (breaking away? freeing?) in the third. And Gandalf, as a constant.

Amazing how you were able to accomplish this in a fixed-length piece.

Author Reply: Thank you for commenting here as well!

Honestly, I find a set of short fixed length vignettes the easiest way to examine a specific theme! I am not sidetracked so much by the interesting little side-trails of conventional plots.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 66 on 7/18/2015
Very nice!

There is one constant in these three arrivals and departures: Gandalf.

But while in the first two situations the wizard has arrived just in time to see Frodo awaken (and may leave again any moment), in the last situation he is at his side and will be there as long as Frodo needs him. And that is a very comforting thought!

Author Reply: Gandalf is definitely Frodo's constant in these situations.

I definitely like the comforting thought that Gandalf would stay Gandalf as long as his hobbits need him.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 65 on 1/28/2015
Indeed so perfectly simple and logical! I missed the potluck challenge this year--hopefully we can pick up an extra prompt or two later in 2015! Heh!

Author Reply: I hope so, too!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 65 on 1/28/2015
I did this once but those around me didn't liked it or understood it or was annoyed so I didn't do it again. I think it's a great custom though and love Pippin's explanation of it. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I reserve giving hobbity gifts to people who share my own hobbity enthusiasm, so I usually post a gift story for all to enjoy as my mathom.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 65 on 1/28/2015
Ah, how I love when Menelcar shows up in your stories. I can't seem to get enough of him and his thoughts about and interactions with hobbits.

Wonderful explanation, and makes perfect sense, as you so beautifully show.

Author Reply: Menelcar has always been one of my own favorites. He's a man of wide experience, but he never tires of learning new things, especially about hobbits!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 64 on 9/6/2014
Great vignettes! I liked these very much, especially the very last line:

I'll just have to try and think, "what would Mr. Frodo do?" And then, I guess, I'll go and do it.

There is so much said about Sam's character in this short statement! It is really amazing.

Author Reply: Thank you! Sam really does feel that he inherited Frodo's responsibilities as well as his possessions. Plus, he's very fond of Merry and Pippin himself, and wants to help them as best he can.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 64 on 8/31/2014
I love Sam and Pippin's reactions the most. WWFD indeed and we can think of WWSD and WWMD and WWPD in our own times of raging storms and be calmed inside by the hobbits, by the love and courage and cheer they showed on the Quest in the face of danger. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you, dear!

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