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Once Upon a Meadow  by Grey Wonderer 22 Review(s)
GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/27/2010
Bert and Ernie? *giggles* And Pippin defending the sheep’s honor? *cackles* Oh, dear, this was a joy to read!

Author Reply: Thank you and it was a very nice surprise to find a new review for this one in my email. Glad you enjoyed it. The sheep are glad too.

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/18/2010
I can't tell you how much you made me laugh while reading this wonderfully wooly story. Heaven knows I needed it! As soon as Dumpling entered the tale I knew Merry was going to be his hilarious self, lol. And the sight of Fredegar and Bert going round and round had me in stitches! Your Pippin, of course, was as sweet and adorable as ever. :-) I always enjoy your comic stories, and this one was most brilliant. Very well done, my friend! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Author Reply: Oh, excellent! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and got a few laughs out of it. I do like it when you're happy.
I couldn't resist letting Merry recognize Dumpling even though he claims that all sheep look alike to him. Somehow, I think he would have very strong memories of Dumpling.
As you know, I do enjoy slap-stick. I'm glad you could 'see Bert and Freddy' as they ran wild among the sheep. (Pippin claims not to have seen any of it so it's good to have a witness. Paladin may be looking for you so you can explain it all to him.)
Hope you have a great week! Thanks for reading and reviewing this one.

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: Prologue on 1/18/2010
Dear Mr. Laaambert Woolrich,

I am so glad that you have warned us readers about the hobbits. It was very thoughtful of you. Who knew that hobbits would end up in this story? I suppose it was inevitable. My goodness, what will they be doing next -- going on adventures? Oh, but they are darling, aren't they? :-) Perhaps a young Tookling or Brandybuck won't go amiss. Please give my reagards to Cloud!

Author Reply: Dear Pippinfan1988,
I am very glad to see that you understand just how very sneaky hobbits are. I do wish they would go somewhere, even if it is an adventure of some kind, though I suppose if they do that, then someone will get the idea to write a book about them! We sheep just cannot win.

I shall tell 'Cloud' hello for you as soon as I determine exactly which of the Clouds you mean. That farmer's lass named about twenty of our flock Cloud. It is most confusing. Sometimes I believe that hobbits can't tell us apart.

May your meadow be filled with sweet clover,

Mr. Lambert Woolrich XVIII

PS I do like the way in which you wrote my name. It is very musical that way. Oh, and I see that whoever named you isn't very original either. I am number XVIII but you are number 1988! You must come from a very large flock.

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/17/2010
Another of those present snorted. ‘I’ve known the farmer’s lad for many of his shearing seasons and I don’t think I’d trust him to keep anyone out of trouble. He’s a good-hearted sort, as good as their kind can be, but he’s not one to keep others out of the brambles and safely in the meadow. Not that one!’

Sheep are definitely intelligent! This one has really summed up the walking bundle of trouble known as Peregrin Took!

Please tell Mr Woolrich that he need not have been concerned - it is obvious that the sheep are the stars - and the most intelligent.
All that embarrassing doggy behaviour too. My cats sometimes look at the dog in amazement when she's being particularly eager to please.

This was such a brilliant story, GW. I just loved Paladin's glee as he contemplates telling the lads that they will be watching the flock for a while! I suppose parenthood has to have some compensations!

Author Reply: After years on the farm, I suspect the sheep know more about Pippin than he knows about them. : )

Mr. Woolrich will be very happy to hear that.

The dogs were a bit overly enthusiastic. LOL Dogs always amuse me that way. They are just so excited about everything. I have cats also and right now, most of them are bored with everything going on here.

Sometimes I do think that Paladin just must have enjoyed setting a punishment or two. After all, it was the only time he ever got even and I suspect the poor hobbit had his hands full with three daughters and Pippin! hehehe

Thank you for reading and for the lovely review.

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 1/17/2010
Dear Mr Woolrich,

I'm afraid you have discovered what many fan-fiction writers have learned to their cost. Hobbits will sneak in wherever they can, even into stories which should be solely about sheep.

Thank you for the warning, but I'm sure nothing will pull this reader's attention away from the true stars of the story. I have always found sheep to be intelligent and helpful creatures who tolerate the rudeness (and sometimes harsh treatment) of humans with more kindness than we deserve.

I remain yours respectfully,

Baggins Babe
Shire Chronicler & Historian

Author Reply: Dear Baggins Babe,

I am very glad to know that you, at least, will be reading this story with the sheep in mind. I am certain that you will find it more interesting if you just ignore the hobbits completely while reading.

Thank you for your kind words about sheep.

May you always have plenty of grass to eat,

Lambert Woolrich XVIII

Mum's the WordReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/16/2010
Wool Gathering!

Ruff & Reddy! And Fetchit!

Bert & Ernie!

I loved the tale told from both the sheep's and the intruders' viewpoints. Lots of fun, and very well done!

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. : )

I had lots of fun naming the dogs this time around and with the Shepherds, Bert and Ernie let me play on Sesame Street and reference "It's a Wonderful Life" all in one go. Hobbit names can be such fun for the male hobbits. The females are more limited since Tolkien says they named them for flowers and jewels but with the lads, you have room to enjoy the naming process.

Thank you for the lovely review and for reading this.

Mum's the WordReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 1/16/2010
Dear Master Woolrich,

Thank you for your eloquent warning. We readers know that you and your flock would never try to pull the wool over our eyes.

I go now, fully forewarned and thereby forearmed, to read this tale.

Gratefully yours,

Author Reply: Dear Mum,

Your use of the phrase, 'pull the wool over our eyes' amused me greatly. : )

I thank you for understanding and for stopping by to read.

May your meadow be safe and filled with lovely grasses,

Lambert Woolrich XVIII

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/14/2010
Dear Mr. Woolrich,

Having now read the bulk of this tale I must say that I am quite refreshed by its perspective--the common sense of these sheep is a refreshing antidote to the typical Took antics I see published under this name. I am usually out of my depth with sheepish matters, so alas, I have no idea of the state of the sheep fandom. However, if there is such a thing as a Sheep Fan Fiction Awards, gladly will I join the community simply to nominate this fine specimen.

As for my previous letter to you, I thought that as a sheep of common sense you would understand that Infernal Busybodies have no sense of humor and especially frown upon any sort of disclaimer that reeks of creativity. (Translation: I deemed a simple "this disclaimer is hilarious" response to be unworthy of the effort you spent upon it and so decided to deal with it in kind--like Aragorn to Merry at the Houses of Healing, I thought, but in a text-only format it is easy to miss one's mark.)

Finally: I am unaware of your relationship, if there is any, to the sheep in this tale (are they your acquaintace? Your ancestors? Your creation?); however, if you are at all able to communicate with them, please do let them know that one Meriadoc in the tale (the one in the "yellow wool") was entertaining some rather slanderous thoughts concerning the honorable sheep's proclivities. As I am sure he has not seen the last of them, I would very much like to see him punished for his terrible prejudices, perhaps by a sound kick to the buttocks. This would be difficult for a sheep to achieve on one of my race, but hobbits are I believe of the proper height for this to be attainable.

I remain your humble servant,

Miss C. Sagitta
Shire Historian, 4th Age
Infernal Busybody

Author Reply: Dear Infernal Busybody,

It is very heartening to hear sheep given credit for their intellectual skills, especially by a human. (I am assuming that you are human though you've not said as much.) There is so much talk about how we sheep are easily led and seem to have no independent thought. No one ever considers the possibility that we are simply being agreeable, or that perhaps, we intended to go in the direction in which we are being led anyway. We are rarely given our due, which is exactly why I was so interested in locating a sheep-based fan fiction site for future postings. I am sorry to hear that you do not know of such a site but I intend to keep searching.

Accolades for the sheep portrayed within this story would be most welcome when and if sheep awards are ever located. Until that time, we shall attempt to gain recognition for our species as best we can.

I, unfortunately, know little of busybodies and their doings so I was unaware of their lack of a sense of humour. I did not notice this deficiency in your post and so I assumed that you had a sense of humour. This correspondence has been such a valuable learning experience for me.

The sheep in this story are actual sheep of my acquaintance but their names have been withheld to protect their privacy. Any names mentioned in connection with the sheep, are the names bestowed upon them by the hobbits and therefore not their true names. I shall be only too happy to pass along your recommendations re the hobbit in the yellow wool. He has troubled us before so they will not be surprised to learn of his slander. He and ‘Dumpling’(not her real name) have been at opposite ends of the battlefield before.

I wish you and yours many healthy shearing seasons and thank you for reading,

Lambert Woolrich XVIII

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/13/2010
Ah, yes--let's pretend we're even more drunk than we are so we don't have to explain things in the morning! Heh!

And Paladin is all too happy planning on their punishment. Heh!

Bert and Ernie, eh? Been watching a bit of Sesame Street lately, then? Ah, dear!

Author Reply: Yes, Pippin was really thinking ahead there. It didn't help Freddy or Bert much and I don't think it is going to help him or Merry but it was a good effort for someone who was drunk. hehehe

I have to let Paladin have some fun. I do think he will enjoy having Pippin and Merry fill in for the injured shepherd.

I have always loved Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street and I think this was also a bit of left-over holiday cheer. (Bert and Ernie from "It's a Wonderful Life".) I like to do a bit of surprise naming now and again.

Thank you for reading!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 1/13/2010
ONLY you can get me laughing as much at the introduction and disclaimers as at the story! I WAS drinking Dr. Pepper as I began reading, and had to grab a paper towel rather quickly, while my nose is still burning!

Author Reply: Sorry about the Dr. Pepper. I am glad this gave you a laugh though. Thanks for reviewing. Lambert will be pleased. : )

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