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Four of a Kind  by Grey Wonderer 98 Review(s)
Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
Eglantine felt sorry for the poor post hobbit that would have to carry a box of rocks out to Brandy Hall

So do I! An interesting and considerate present for Merry but no good for the post hobbit's lumbago I fear!

A lovely and very interesting look at Eglantine here - I like the fact that she is prepared to fib for Merry, and I think she'll manage just fine when she has her own adventurous lad.

Author Reply: Yes that post hobbit was in big trouble. I liked the idea that Frodo would actually mail rocks though and so I decided to risk the post hobbits anger by letting him. : )

I see Eglantine as someone who doesn't often let her guard down and who is a 'by the rules' kind of person. I liked letting her relax with Merry here. I figure Merry for a natural schemer and planner and so I had no trouble imagining that almost anyone would follow his lead! His such a charmer! LOL

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
Gandalf is one very tricksy Wizard! oved his delaying tactics here. Frodo is such an intelligent child that a straight 'you can't do that' was never going to work.

That tiny note of foreboding was just right, GW.

Author Reply: I think that it takes a very different approach to raise a bright child. You're right. They question everything and so a simple, 'no you can't do that' is more of a challenge to them than an acceptable answer. LOL

And that foreboding just slipped in there. Glad you enjoyed this!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
This was just so 'Sam' it was perfect. And the Gaffer is lovely and a very proud father. I think you have our favourite Gamgees absolutely right here.

Author Reply: Thank you! I don't write much Sam and so your words are very welcome praise indeed. Thank you for the lovely review!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
Hullo, Merry! Pippin said smiling brightly as his older cousin entered the kitchen. Im running away from home. Want to come?


I just can't stop laughing!

That was fantastic! I can see those farmhands enjoying themselves immensely.

And it was all Frodo's fault! But it gave Pippin's family some time off - and Merry some confusion ;-)

Author Reply: Thank you for laughing! It is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote this! I could just see the farm hands competing to get to come to tea with the family. Besides, after you work in the garden, feed the animals and do the rest of the chores, you really do need something entertaining to do now and again!

Merry may have a thing or two to say to Frodo when next he sees him. LOL

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
I hope this baby has a special cousin too, Eglantine said.

If its a lass then it wont need a special cousin cause it will have all those sisters, Merry sighed.


That was great, G.W.! Very Merry, indeed!
Like Frodo I was surprised that Eglantine actually lied for Merry. But concerning the circumstances it makes perfect sense to me.

BTW, would you be so kind to tell me the meaning of "MEWD"? I tried a Google search some time ago, but it produced only rubbish ;-)

Author Reply: I thought I'd let Eglantine conspire with Merry just this once. I wanted them to bond a bit before that baby arrived. LOL

As to the meaning of MEWD, I am sorry to say I don't know it. LOL My friend Pearl Took uses it in reviews and I have always meant to ask her but never remembered to do so. I hope it's something good. LOL If I find out I'll let you know.

Thank you for reading!

Author Reply: Andrea, MEWD, I am told, means "Most
Excellently Well Done ". I asked and it is a longer version of WD which is "Well Done!" I never would have guessed but now we both know.

GoldenReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
*L* Very amusing! Reminds me of one of my kiddis, who also is the born actor and has an unlimited imagination.
Your Pippin is adorable! And how anyone plays along, even the farm-hands is great!

Author Reply: I think Pippin and most small children love to play act. Most children with vivid imaginations are very good at this sort of thing. I'm glad you agree! Thank you for the sweet review!

elanor winterflowersReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
And the tour de force, saved for last! This is great! Your little Pippin is always an affable wonder, but now we can see that he is ably and lovingly indulged by a family that finds him as entertaining as we do! Paladin is in particular a revelation here, a whimsical fellow with more than a nodding acquaintance (I think) of imagination as high art. Pippin is enchanting all on his own, but with such a family, it's obvious he was groomed for courage and greatness!

Author Reply: Pippin is just so much younger than the others and the only son and utterly charming so I figure that he was very spoiled in that good way that little ones are over-indulged. I couldn't see him with any real reason to run away at that age but I could see him loving the adventure of the idea.
As to Paladin, I have not always written him in this light but I do enjoy him much more as a loving, slightly amusing, father.
Your last line about courage and greatness has given me a tiny plot bunny for this serious and if the little bunny sticks around I may have another set of four for this grouping in the near future! Thank you for reading!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
ROTFL! Oh Pippin! Well, kids had to do *something* when they didn't have TV and video games and internet, didn't they? I love how Pippin's family all played along with him, and poor Merry's confusion.

And now Merry has something else to blame on Frodo! LOL!

Author Reply: For some reason I can see the Hobbits enjoying plays and play-acting. Imagine a group of Hobbits performing a play about the beginnings of the Shire or about their favorite Wizard. I thought Pippin would be just the right sort for a bit of make believe and that silly Frodo Baggins would be just the one to begin it! LOL

This was one time when Merry did not have all of the answers! : )

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/28/2007
Yikes! Delightful - all of them...

Author Reply: Thank you. This was some rare romance for me. I don't write it often but it was Valentine's Day.

elanor winterflowersReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/28/2007
I love this! Two of my favorite characters in a perfectly constructed discussion of very important matters. Merry has just the right amount of smarts and exasperation and mulish determination, and Eglantine is a quick study of little lads, good training before the arrival of Pippin! I so enjoyed reading this, but then I knew I would. You never disappoint!

Author Reply: Pippin is my favortie hobbit and always has been but Merry is a very close second and it has always been easier for me to write Merry for some reason. I find that I write from his POV more than any of the others. Thank you for reviewing and I am very glad you enjoyed this.

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