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Growing Up Tales  by Baggins Babe 66 Review(s)
AntaneReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/3/2009
What a lovely, loving tale - indeed, the beloved dead are always with us and even in the West, they would have felt his living presence in their lives. Love the title and how proud Frodo was to see his nieces and nephews grow up and the lullaby he sang to his youngest one and he was the one put the blanket on him. Everything had to be the way it really was, but I love this idea too, that Frodo was physically present to be with his Sam and children all these many years and still remained even after death.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I think the links of love between Frodo and the family, and his love for the Shire would have tied him closely to the home. I'm sure he paid many visits to his Bag End to watch over his dearest ones.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/2/2009
Still love the idea of Hobbit Rangers. And of course the children of the Travellers had to be among the first. From the sound of it, Tolman is a worthy son of them, with making friends all over Middle-earth. Love that.

Oh, Tolman has seen Frodo again? That's just lovely. And I love the idea with the 'two-way road' that makes it possible for Frodo to visit, as it seems :) That must have been so reassuring for Tolman.

Author Reply: I've always believed the road goes both ways and the links of love between Frodo and the family would lead him back now and again.

In my AU the fact that Frodo remained in Middle-earth has had all sorts of unforseen consequences - closer ties with the outside world, less isolation for the hobbits, more understanding all round.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/2/2009
"I'm never far away, dear lad. That new road runs both ways you know. Sleep now."

That's a very comforting thought!

It's wonderful to see how much the Gamgee children loved their uncle Fro.

Thank you again for creating this universe which made it possible for Frodo to be around the children!

Author Reply: I've always believed that the road runs both ways. I find that very comforting and I'm glad you do too.

I'm sure the ties of love between Frodo and the children were too strong to be severed by death - I do enjoy showing the loving relationship between them.

Glad you enjoyed it - I'm sure there will be more.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/2/2009
What a perfect little gem of a 'ghost story'! You have me wondering which part of the Red Book Frodo was looking at.

Author Reply: Thanks Harrowcat - glad you enjoyed it. I think a visit from Frodo's ghost would have been lovely and very reassuring for Tolman I hope.

I think he may have been re-living Bilbo's infamous party and Lobelia's indignation over the spoons. :-)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/1/2009
Very sweet, particularly the brief visit and the love shown. And there was just enough found to assure it was real....

Author Reply: Thank you, Larner. I think such little hints serve to remind us that there is no boundary to love.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/1/2009
Aww...*sniffle* *smiles*

Author Reply: Oh dear - sorry about the sniffles but glad you're smiling. The ties of love between Frodo and the children must have been very strong.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/1/2009
He had met Elves, Men, Dwarves, Ents and Eagles and counted many of them his friends

What an exceptional young hobbit. It's just lovely to imagine how dearly Uncle Fro was -- and is -- loved, and how dearly he still loves his Bag End family.

Author Reply: I like to have a look at the younger Gamgees now and then. I think they must all have been exceptional - they were Sam and Rose's children after all.

I'm sure they loved their Uncle Fro - I've never thought that death was a barrier in these circumstances.

Glad you enjoyed, Shirebound.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/4/2009
Nice look at the next two generations. The Travellers might have passed away, but their children and grandchildren are the same responsible Hobbits, and the Shire will be in good hands, no doubt. It's good to know that.

And I like it that Aragorn is always visiting the Shire, even now, when he feels sad or needs a cheering up otherwise.

Author Reply: I could have sworn I replied to this the other day! Thank you so much for the review, Kitty. It is always a pleasure to find another.

I think Aragorn enjoyed his 'visits' to the Shire, and I'm sure the next generation of hobbits was just as responsible.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 8 on 7/18/2009
What a sweet story! I love the healing the king received - as I told someone else recently - not only should everyone have a hobbit or two in their care, but they should be in the care of hobbits! Love most the name of Daisy's twins! :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you, Antane. Glad you enjoyed it. The healing power of hobbits is a wonderful thing!
I thought it would be quite sweet to have Frodi and Daisy's twins named after our beloved Ringbearers.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 7/14/2009
I, too, rejoice that Frodo Took would one day be Thain and the Took! Hooray!

I'm with our King--Hobbits are so refreshing!

Author Reply: Thanks, Larner! Hobbits are very refreshing.

I think the name Frodo would have been a good choice for the future Thain. Merry and Pippin would have wanted to honour their beloved cousin, even as Sam did.

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