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From Wilderness to Cities White  by Larner 371 Review(s)
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.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/3/2010
You draw lovely pictures with your words! Wonderful job of showing the web Robin was caught in, unable to extricate himself, and yet how he was still a decent hobbit, taking care of his mum. And his mother's confidence that Frodo would return, so that she could give him a piece of her mind! LOL! When I realised the date, I held my breath with the rest of nature, waiting to see what would happen... and I was not disappointed.

The geese were a perfect touch. (We always pause to watch the geese fly over...)

Author Reply: Oh, thank you so, Lin! All of the Hobbits of the Shire experienced the negative changes instilled by Lotho, but for those who'd been Shiriffs before Lotho rose to become tyrant it must have seemed quite the betrayal.

There were two great flocks sharing a bay along the Straits the other day--one great flock of Canadian geese and a second of grebes, preparing for the continuation of their migrations. And hearing the geese passing over, going south in the autumn and returning north as spring comes again, always makes my heart thrill!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/2/2010
Awwww; I love the image and concept of Faramir and Frodo doing research together; and Aragorn's point of view makes the vignette more interesting.

Author Reply: I'm so glad you like it, Raksha. Of course, I love all three of them, and more besides!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/2/2010
Beautiful, Larner! Absolutely spot-on beautiful! From gloom and fear to light and release. Yes, harder times are still ahead of the Shire hobbits, but there is an end in sight.

Author Reply: I'm so glad you think so. It's been a time since I wrote Robin, so wanted to look at the Time of Troubles from his perspective. How would he have reacted to many of the changes, as we know he was a Shiriff before Lotho declared himself Chief? And how would his family have reacted to the change in his status and duties, once he was under Lotho's oversight?

And it was interesting to imagine that day from the POV of someone who wasn't particularly close to Frodo for a change.

Thanks so very much, Dreamflower!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/24/2010
A sweet story. I think Frodo would have gained another brother in Faramir and it is good to see a little bit of that here.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: The two certainly had a good deal in common, or so I'd think. And I do believe Elessar would enjoy seeing that commonality shown! Thanks so, Antane.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/23/2010
Thank you again for this lovely birthday story.

Author Reply: And I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Linda. And thank you always for your continued friendship!

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/22/2010
Hehe! This was fun. Are you telling me what exactly these two have found? I can imagine them being close - they have a lot in common.

Author Reply: I'm not certain whether it was Faramir or Frodo who found the particular information that has the attention of both fixed here, but I'm certain they would come to appreciate one another well. Thanks so, Soledad!

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