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Fighting Dragons  by Larner 22 Review(s)
BeeGeeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
All of these were great! Sam has grown, but not lost his original heart and goodness. Not easy to do. Today is Memorial Day in the US, and I'd like to propose a toast to all the veterans, just like Sam, the whole wide world over; who have come back home from wars immemorial to pick their lives back up and tend gardens and tend children. I felt Tolkien meant Sam to be an honest, simple Everyman, but he was the rock that Frodo (and the rest) leant on. Your interpetation of him is excellent!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you like them. There are two more to come. And, indeed, Sam is the epitome of veterans everywhere who have offered so much and returned home to rejoice that what they did helped protect the innocent. As for being the rock on which the others supported themselves--well, that is perhaps the best description of Sam Gamgee I've seen anywhere! Thank you so much!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
Hah! That hit home!

I wonder how long it took Ted to find his voice again. I hope VERY long ;-)

Author Reply: Oh, yes, I suspect that that declaration left Ted speechless for a time! Heh! Thanks, Andrea.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
That's telling him! You go, Sam! :) Love the last line in the first one also.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Sam will always tell it as he sees it, I think! And we know he was the most loyal Hobbit the Shire ever produced. Thanks so, Antane.

TeresaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
Hmmmm....did Ted do a double take when Sam said that? After all, the Travellers did deal with Sharkey and his ilk quite handily! Then they worked their hardest to repair the damage done to the Shire and its people. As always, your glimpses of Middle Earth are wonderful! :)

Author Reply: I suspect that Ted has a good deal to think upon, realizing that Sam, too, has killed enemies as have Merry and Pippin. To realize that Sam, too, has experience in warfare must have been a shock to many Hobbits. And thank you so!

AzureSkyeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
Oh, yes, Sam's grown up a little hasn't he. My favorite yet!

Author Reply: Oh, grown up a good deal, has our Sam. And am so glad you enjoyed this one! Thank you so!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/29/2011
Ha!! Go Sam!!! LOL

Author Reply: Indeed! He has Sandyman's measure by now, at least. Thanks, Armariel!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/26/2011

Why did the name "Lobelia" come into my mind only by reading the title of this chapter? And I was right, wasn't I ;-)

I completely agree with Sam that it was indeed a very good thing that those Fell Beasts weren't as clever as dragons!

Author Reply: Well, if anyone can be characterize as a she-dragon, Lobelia S-B fits the bill! And I, too, agree with Sam. Thanks so, Andrea.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/24/2011
I love Frodo's fascination with the webs, though he probably would have changed his mind if he could have seen Shelob's! But still love the innocence of the pre-Quest time when beauty could be distinguished and not associated with pain and darkness. Interesting about Sam thinking he should have known that Frodo wasn't dead, but he also has the memory of victims being sucked dry to so he shouldn't blame himself for not knowing. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Shelob appears to have inherited her mother's ability to weave tactile webs of unlight, so I truly doubt he would have appreciated them for their beauty.

I'm just glad that Sam was wrong when he believed that Frodo was dead. But considering how motionless his Master was being, I also don't blame him for not remembering that spider often prefer their victims to be living.

Thanks so, Antane.

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/22/2011
Interesting piece, and different. Spiders! Brrrrr!!!

I have a few of them about the house, however. I think they keep the mosquitoes down.


Author Reply: Am glad you allow a few spiders about the place--personally, I prefer spiders to flies--far less likely to get on one's food or to leave eggs in places where one doesn't want them, or so I've found.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/22/2011
Very good so far!
First wolves and wargs, now tiny Shire spiders and Shelob!

Sam could have known it, but considering the circumstances it is no wonder that he expected the worst.

I'm looking forward to reading more!

Author Reply: Yes, there are differences between the natural creatures and Melkor and Sauron's constructs. Sam has reason now to better appreciate everything he's ever learned about such creatures. Am so glad his worst fears were not realized, however.

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