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The Time of Probing  by Larner 109 Review(s)
UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/4/2013
Wow, the power of the one ring even in Rivendell. Great second chapter.

Author Reply: If neither Gollum's cave nor the Shire offered the Ring the chance to show Its stuff properly, how must It have reacted with all of the greater minds and potential power to be found in Rivendell and Elrond's house? I suspect that It found far greater scope for Its ambitions there than It had seen since It caught Isildur! Thanks so!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/4/2013
Oh, I love the image of all those people singing for Frodo! Such a warm and intimate setting you created for that!

I've always thought the Ring made a "strategic withdrawal" while in Rivendell. It truly wanted to get back to its Master, and being claimed by one who might actually be able to wield it such as Elrond or Gandalf would not suit its purpose at the time; confident in the shard of the Morgul knife, it went slightly dormant until they left Rivendell, and it could seek out a good target for its wiles.

Your Ring is far more powerful than my idea of it, and spreads a wider influence; I enjoy seeing how differently that plays out in your stories, showing how much it tempts many that we never see it actively tempting in the source.

Elrond's precautions of the silk cloth and such do not seem to have dampened its abilities much here--clearly he's surprised to find it still exerting its power!

I wonder who the white-haired Elf is?

(BTW--been re-reading "Murder Most Foul" on my Nook, and really enjoying it even more on the second time around. I have found an application that will allow me to upload your stories from without the problems of font size I have when I upload them from here. My only problem now is that not ALL of your stories are over there yet, LOL!)

Author Reply: I've wondered about the Ring possibly going into dormancy as well, what with all of the competition and possible competition there. But if It could manage to CATCH such a person as Gandalf, Elrond, Erestor, or Glorfindel, might it not see such a conquest as a feather in Its metaphorical cap? And It was made by one who had intimate experience with manipulating Elves just prior to Its making, after all. And it does add a bit of drama if the Ring sees all of the Elves within Imladris as sort of a smorgasbord set out for Its contemplation.

The white-haired Elf I suspect is a Sylvan Elf who accompanied Celebrian to Imladris when she married Elrond. Perhaps one whose "echoes" are enough unfamiliar that It wishes in particular to test Its powers on him. The idea that it was recognized in movie-verse that Frodo carried Evil with him when he entered Lorien has been playing at me, I find; couldn't these Elves so different from those of the more pure Noldor Its Master knew best capture Its attention in particular? But mostly I find that the Elves of Rivendell just sense the truly evil nature of the Master Ring and respond to It with repugnance and discomfort.

Actually, everything I've posted here I posted on FF.n as well, as the three archives I posted on from my first assays at posting my fanfic were FF.n, Henneth Annun, and here. FF.n has removed my nonfiction essays, but I did post them there. And my few Potter-verse stories are there, too, while they are not here or elsewhere. And do send me a private email regarding that app--I want it! And I'm honored you're finding yourself rereading Murder Most Foul--still one connected with the serendipity of real life that leaves me gasping when I think about it!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/4/2013
and the third time through Pippin, who was clever at such things, joined in.

What a nice detail. I was hoping you'd update today!

Author Reply: I've always thought of Pippin as being gifted with music, as I think is true of many of us. And I'm glad I was able to get this posted today. Am working on the final chapters now.

Thanks so, Shirebound!

LaikwalâsseReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2013
I´m not a big fan of hobbit stories but this one has instantly raised my interest and I liked it from the start. Most of all I like your Aragorn. Sam not wanting to let the pony go was heart-warming. I´m curious where you will go with this. Lai

Author Reply: I prefer stories that involve most of the Fellowship, and particularly the Hobbits, Aragorn, and Gandalf, although I've written about Arda from the beginning of the Creation until after the Last Battle. Am so glad you like my depiction of Aragorn, as I try to make him a three-dimensional character who is as prone to be enchanted by Hobbits as any Wizard. Heh! Thanks so much!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2013
A great start to this story.I love Sam's bond with Bill!

Author Reply: Oh, thank you so, Linda! Bill and Sam do appear to have come to adore one another, and shared a special regard for Frodo as well.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/2/2013
How nice to see another series started! This will be a terrible time for them with all the stress and worry but angst-lover that I am, I look forward to it anyway in the hands of a master storyteller and one who loves our dear ones. Love most the care given to try to ease Sam's anxiety. A great gift for these lucky birthday ladies and all of us! (Hope this doesn't post twice, I got an error message the first time).

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I just hope this doesn't take forever to finish as some others have done! I think all four Hobbits and Aragorn and Bill needed reassurance that Frodo would recover and that all that could be done was being done after all.

Thank you so much, Antane!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/1/2013
Oh, thank you so much, dear! What an excellent beginning--I love stories set during this time period, and was recently wishing someone would write a new one!

Author Reply: Am so glad that this one appears to have been fated to be written, then! Hope your birthday was a joyful one!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/1/2013
Oh boy oh boy, I'm already enjoying this. How utterly exhausted they must all have been, Strider included, by the time they reached Rivendell. Dear Sam, how we love him.

Author Reply: I suspect they were all very exhausted indeed, and especially Strider as he'd not been able to sleep deeply I'm certain since Weathertop! And, yes, we do love our Sam!

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/1/2013
Gripping beginning. Since not too much has been written about this time, I am curious for your views. I love your Aragorn. Please include him all you can. Thank you

Author Reply: It's been interesting probing those several days between the arrival and Frodo's awakening. And you know that Aragorn will be included, as much as I can work him in! I suspect he was heavily involved in the first few days at least in the treatment for Frodo. And thank you!

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