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Miss Dora Baggins' Book of Manners  by Dreamflower 22 Review(s)
PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/27/2006
This is wonderful! Now I can see how Bilbo was able to give Pippin and Merry lots of advice while in Rivendell on their return trip to the Shire! I enjoyed the "hobbit touch", in that all hobbits must be predictable and that kindness overcomes a multitude of adentures. :-)


Nienor NinielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/27/2006
Oh, that is fantastic! So in character for the hobbits. But she really shows those adventurous Tooks their place!

The style of writing is so very fitting for such an advice book, and the advice given is just what a proper hobbit would want others to do.

So I hope you are going to write the whole book!

Thanks for sharing! Nienor

Author Reply: Yes, well, she acknowledges their pre-eminence at the top of the Roll and as one of the Great Families, but, yes--as JRRT himself observed in The Hobbit, the Tooks were not quite so respectable as the Bagginses!

I'm glad you find the style appropriate--I'm having a lot of fun trying to imitate that old style!

That's the plan. Chapter 2 is up now!

Thank you for stopping by to read and review!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/27/2006
Great idea, Dreamflower! Can't wait what will come - this promises to be very entertaining!

The first and foremost Principal of Respectability is Kindness. Well, she should have sent this to Lobelia ...

Hobbits who have indulged themselves in Adventure have spent the rest of their lives attempting to recover their lost Reputation, and are never wholly successful, as Talk will follow them to the end of their days and beyond. *rofl* That means Bilbo, of course. Dora didn't live to see the Travellers vanish and return or the embassy from Gondor and the journey of Freddy and the others back with them, didn't she? According to her the Shire had a *very* disreputable Thain, Master and Mayor for some decades *grin*

Hmmm ... maybe Dora should work together with the Gaffer about being 'proper' ;-)

Author Reply: I am quite sure that Miss Dora had the Sackville-Baggins firmly in mind when she wrote certain parts.

And yes, of course you are right, it *does* mean Bilbo. While Dora was a kind-hearted hobbitess, she was also very Proper, and she never quite fully forgave Bilbo for the damage he did to the Family Reputation. So naturally, he gets a little swat in her etiquette guide! LOL!

Well, the Gaffer is the "working class" side of Propriety, and Aunt Dora shows the more gentile side of it, but really it's two sides of the same hobbity coin...

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
Oh, awesome! I love old etiquette guides, and you have that style down cold, right down to the Properly Capitalized Letters. This is going to be so much fun. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Author Reply: I hope that you will continue to enjoy it! I'm having a good deal of fun writing it--it's so different from my other fics!

Glory UnderhillReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
Dear Miss Dora,

I am particularly looking forward to your treatise on table manners as my brother is a terrible oaf at the table. I hope that your advice will help me guide him to more decorus behavior.

Glory Underhill

Author Reply: My Dear Miss Underhill:

I am quite certain that when that chapter of my book appears it will contain Invaluable Advice for your brother. A Proper Hobbit treats Food with the Respect it deserves, including Table Manners. However, you may wish to slip the Advice to him Anonymously. It has been my Experience that Brothers do not take Kindly to Advice from Sisters, however Good it may be.

Dora Baggins

MaidenofValinorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
Wonderful!! I can't wait!! This may be one that I have to add to my collection of important hobbity things. Haha. Yes, it is a real collection. I can't wait to see the rest of this! :)

Author Reply: I do hope it lives up to your expectations! I'm having huge fun with it!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
This is wonderful, Dreamflower! I've always had a soft spot for Dora, but I see her as a stickler for good manners and 'proper' behaviour. You have her tone to perfection. Can't wait to read more - and perhaps I can distribute her advice about the rearing of shildren because some of my neighbours could certainly do with it!

Author Reply: Yes, I've always thought of Miss Dora as kind-hearted but very prim and proper, and not approving at *all* of Adventure! LOL! That "reams of advice" makes me think she is kind of a hobbity cross between Miss Manners and Dear Abby! 8-D

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
I could use some advice about now. Hope she has lots of it.

Author Reply: Well, if you want to be Proper, Predictable and Respectable, she would probably have reams of advice.

But...somehow I don't think those three adjectives describe you, GW! ;)

SurgicalSteelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
This looks like a really fun premise - I look forward to seeing more!

Author Reply: I'm having fun with it so far.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/26/2006
Wonderful!!!! I'm hooked :)

(Though . . . I *am* a Took, and one given to Adventure at that. I'll just have to do the best I can with dear Miss Dora Baggin's advice.)

She must have been all flustered when Bungo married Belladonna - LOL!!

Author Reply: Well, as we see, Miss Dora sort of gives a passover to certain, shall we say "Great Families", though hardly her approval. So you should be safe relatively speaking (in that Miss Dora is only a connection of the Tooks and not a relative, LOL!)

Well, fortunately for her Baggins sensibilities, she was not born then. She is twelve years younger than Bilbo.

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