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From Wilderness to Cities White  by Larner 367 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/18/2010
But he cared not for the Shire, they thought.

Oh my! Will they never learn?

Perhaps they would believe the King himself if *he* told them how much Frodo actually cared for the Shire.

Thank you for this perfect drabble!

Author Reply: Or perhaps they wouldn't begin to appreciate it even then! After all, they don't really know the King to believe him, I fear.

Am so glad you liked it!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/18/2010
Okay, now I understand from your response to the other review, what the last sentence meant which confused me before. How wrong they are to misunderstand Frodo who did all he did because he loved the Shire, and all Middle-earth, and was so wounded by what he did that he had to leave his beloved land. But such is beyond 'normal' hobbits to understand, at least now, more's the pity.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I decided to change that last line just a bit so that it doesn't confuse others any further. No, they didn't begin to appreciate Frodo's desire to protect his own land and people at all. But more of the young ones will understand, I hope, as more grow up hearing Sam and Merry and Pippin's tales.

AzureSkyeReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/16/2010
Interesting. Of course Aragorn's love for the four would have been seen, but for the Hobbits to think he didn't care for the Shire.....Interesting. Is it because he didn't come in, or just didn't really pay anyone else any attention?

Author Reply: Actually, it is Frodo that most Hobbits are convinced didn't love the Shire, and they do not understand that grief that the King and Queen hold for his leaving of Middle Earth.

By that time there was definitely in place the King's edict banning any Men from entering the Shire, and I would believe that Aragorn would especially hold himself to that law, for if he did not follow the law he himself enacted, who else would respect it?

Thanks so!

TariReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/8/2010
Spring is coming, and so is the liberation of Hobbiton. Lotho's days are numbered. Robin is right to be filled with cheer.

Author Reply: Yes, the Shire will be freed of the tyranny of the Big Men. Too bad Lotho didn't get to taste the blessings of repentance and redemption in this life, but--well, I hate to say it but in large part he brought it on himself.

Thanks so, Tari.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/7/2010
The crows rose from where they’d huddled in the tallest of the trees, crying aloud to herald the end of the darkness, seeming just as glad as Robin himself to see the end of the shadow that had hung for so long over the whole world, or so it had seemed to the Hobbit!

Wonderfully done!

The end of the Shadow as it was seen and felt by Robin Smallburrow in the Shire.
He does not know yet that there will be even harder times for the hobbits, but he *knows* that these times will end soon. Then, he will meet his old friend Sam again who has a lot to say about Shiriffs ;-)

Author Reply: If any Hobbit of the Shire should represent Everyman, I suppose Robin Smallburrow fits the bill! I've considered how Esmeralda might have experienced March 25th; why not Robin?

Thanks so very much, Andrea.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/6/2010
A great glimpse of what life in the Shire must have been like in those dark days.

Author Reply: There must have been so much bafflement as to how things had come to this pass, and as to why the spring that year seemed reluctant to start. That day must have lifted the hearts of more than just Rosie Cotton, or so I'd think.

Thank you so, Linda.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/6/2010
This is a lovely glimpse of three of my favourite characters.

Author Reply: Yes, and it was a joy to put the three of them together! Thanks so, Linda.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/4/2010
This is a neat story, showing how the defeat of Sauron was felt even so far away as the Shire. Rose did say she had been awaiting Sam since the spring. Somehow she knew he was all right and would be coming home and she felt somehow that victory and now Robin has also. Good!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Oh, I agree that more than just Rosie probably felt the balance of the world shift that day! So glad you enjoyed it, Antane!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/3/2010
Absolutely love this one Larner. You paint such vivid word pictures and I like the way that you put words to the bird calls. Robin's clash between duty and caring for his mother is especially poignant

Author Reply: I'm so glad you do, Harrowcat. How this time must have weighed on the souls of the usually cheerful Hobbits, and the strange feelings of that day must have affected many of the more sensitive.

We do tend to put words to bird calls, and the realization that somewhere something had changed for the better would have led someone like Robin to hear just those words.

And your birthday present is up on the LOTR Community site--sorry it took so long to get posted, but the last few months have been very stressful, and for some reason this particular story took two months to get written.

ShemyazaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/3/2010
I love this one. We so rarely see any stories about how the Shire-folk felt when the skies finally lifted, even though their own troubles weren't really going to end until Frodo and the gang returned to the Shire. For simple, family loving homebodies like the Hobbits, a people who took such delight in growing things and watching them grow, Lotho's betrayal must have hit them so very deeply. I am not a huge hobbit aficionado, but every now and again a story like yours really strikes a chord.

Author Reply: I'm truly honored, Shemyaza. Thank you so very much! I love the Hobbits of the Shire, and Robin Smallburrow was demanding his own story.... He appears to have been a decent individual, so how he felt about remaining with the Shiriffs considering how Lotho was perverting their actions must have been very oppressive to him, and I so suspect that the strangeness of that spring must have been most notable.

True, things didn't turn around properly until the Travellers returned; but in the meantime, at least Hope returned to some hearts.

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