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Dreamflower's Mathoms III  by Dreamflower 174 Review(s)
shireboundReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/21/2013
Beautifully written. It's easy to see why Pippin and Merry wanted to spend their final days in the South.

Author Reply: Thank you! I know that both of them truly loved their adopted homelands! I will never forget the scene of Pippin's first sight of Minas Tirith--both book AND movie!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/21/2013
This is very clever, the triple perspective. What a heartbreak for the poor father.

Author Reply: Yes; "My" Gerontius has seen a lass break one of his son's hearts before (in "Trotter") so he can see the signs. But he also knows Fortinbras is determined, there's not much he can do about it.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/21/2013
Sad and chilling - an excellent vignette!

Author Reply: Thank you! It was very chilling and difficult to write!

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/17/2013
Isn't it amazing how wrong we can be about other people? He really did think he had made the perfect choice and her mind was strictly on power and position and food. An excellent look at what was to be an unfortunate mistake.

Author Reply: He did, led astray by her outward appearance and her surface qualities, just as many young men are these days. It was a very unfortunate mistake indeed.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/10/2013
Being kind, being nice, being courteous is never ever the wrong thing.

Very well said! And very true.

Unfortunately, not all people agree with Frodo, especially some line managers ;-)

But as we know, Pippin's success as Thain did not "suffer" from qualities like this one.

Author Reply: Yes, there are many people in the world who equate "rudeness" with "assertiveness"--it's nothing new, hence the hobbit complaining that Pippin would not be firm enough to be Thain since he was "too nice".

But Pippin had many good examples to learn the truth from: Frodo, Merry, Sam, Faramir, Aragorn--all of them were good leaders who did not need to tread on people to lead them.

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/2/2013
Loved this, Dreamflower - how important our hobbits have become in the fate of Middle-earth. Watching Bilbo refusing to kill Gollum I was reminded of Gandalf's 'It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand......' A wonderful peek at anoth POV of our brave hobbit.
When I watch the scene of Bilbo running out of Bag End I swear I can hear the first pebbles of the avalanche that will one day engulf Sauron.

Author Reply: Absolutely! And I believe that Bilbo's mercy to Gollum was the pivotal event that actually set the avalanche off, slowly at first but gathering momentum.

Because only mercy could have accomplished the Ring's eventual destruction.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/31/2013
What a neat little piece for this most important scene! Thank you, my dear. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: It is indeed probably the most important scene in the tale of the Ring Quest, for without Bilbo's decision to spare Gollum, none of the rest would have followed!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/29/2013
Lovely! It's like getting to see a little peek at the background, the blurry part behind the main scene, and yet with a richness and depth all its own.


Author Reply: Yes, just a little peek. I don't want to write the Valar in great detail, but they are always in the background and mustn't be discounted.

And I think that singular act of Mercy on Bilbo's part is what decided Sauron's eventual defeat.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/29/2013

I love Pippin trying to count 75 ill-doings (or more) and losing count early on. (Not that he ran out of ill-doings, just that it's so hard to keep track.)

...and that it's hard to sit still. And that Frodo shows up when wanted; I'm sure that didn't happen every day!

...and that Frodo looks as young as Merry (although I don't really love this fact, and it makes me feel rather sorry, but it is wonderful attention to detail)

...and Frodo's explanation of how Pippin should look at people; is he, perhaps, explaining just a little bit about how one manages The Look?

Thanks for a lovely bedtime read.

Author Reply: Well, the 75 was part of the challenge, LOL! But yes, when you are Pippin it is very easy to lose track of these things.

I'm quite sure it didn't happen every day, which is why it surprised Pippin so much.

I think, just every so often, Frodo's friends and kin would briefly notice--but then they'd brush it aside because after all, they do *know* how old he is and besides Bilbo stayed looking young for so long, perhaps it runs in the's those neighbors and acquaintances who don't know him quite so well that find it "uncanny".

Indeed he is; I think in later years, Thain Peregrin I will take this lesson to heart.

(((hugs))) Good to hear from you dear!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/29/2013
Yes, best that Morgoth and his fellows not know about these small folk who have the capacity to change the world in their own small way. Triumphant!

Author Reply: Definitely a good idea to keep Men's "younger brothers" out of sight from the Bad GuysTM!

I honestly think the moment that Bilbo spared Gollum as the defining moment of the struggle against Sauron. It was that instant which meant that Mercy would be the weapon used to bring the Dark Lord down, rather than swords.

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