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The Purple Path  by Dreamflower 32 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 4/21/2017
I added in both trade and farm partnerships in which various entrepreneuers were able to raise capital to help fund their new businesses or make larger purchases such as new plows, draught animals, or additional farmland by receiving grants from investors, either known or secret, who would receive dividends in either funds, products, or foodstuffs until they were bought out by those in whose enterprises they'd invested. A northern farmer who raised sugar beets might purchase farm shares in a pipeweed plantation and receive a certain number barrels of cured pipeweed per year, while those who owned the plantation might reciprocate and receive so much sugar in return; a carter might purchase a new wagon due to investment from one who manufactured furniture, and repay it by providing so much cartage per year, and so on.

But I DO love Carlo's mercantile business!

Author Reply: I love the additions you've always made within your Shire, showing the hidden side of the Shire economy, and I've no doubt that in mine, much of this occurs as well.

The barter, especially, is something that would go on in any agrarian society, but I also like the hidden investors you have in your Shire--I do hint a bit at that with some of the things Bilbo did--particularly with his dragon gold after returning from Erebor.

I first thought of that idea when I wrote "Pippin the Protector"; I needed a shop where that sort of encounter could take place, and it was fun to think up a backstory for the Brownlocks' stores.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/20/2017
I agree with a good deal of this, but think that in the larger families such as among the Brandybucks and Tooks, there might have been someone actually hired to do the teaching, and that one reason young Hobbits might choose or be sent to work for these families was because they would be expected to learn to read, write, learn basic arithmetic skills, and learn to keep records and do basic bookkeeping while they were working within Brandy Hall or the Great Smials. Thus they would be more likely to be successful once they were out living on their own and perhaps running businesses or farms of their own.

Good thoughts here!

Author Reply: Well, in the Brandybuck and Took families, there sort of were--only they were *always* relatives. In Brandy Hall, it so happened to be Uncle Dinny for the last few decades of the Third Age, and the senior servants who may have also taught the new servants answered to him.

And among the Tooks, being more numerous, there were usually three or four cousins who were tutors. And one of those was directly responsible for teaching young servants.

With the exception of Bilbo and his father (who WERE Family Heads themselves) the family members who tutored were always given a special stipend, so I guess you could call them hired.

I agree that many families might have used your reasoning for sending their young ones to service among the Great Families.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/20/2017
She is blest so many times over, having found a love amongst Hobbits and learning that their progeny are so wonderful and worthy! And Gandalf will so often slip out from Olorin to share that love with her!

Author Reply: My "Gandalf" decided that Gandalf he would remain, so long as he had mortal friends to tend to on the Western side of the Sea. And I think that his Gandalf form would be a special comfort to Adamanta/Mirime since that was the way her descendants knew him.

Also, I think he always liked being Gandalf. 8-)

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 4/17/2017
A great birthday present indeed! And I found it very fitting that Frodo Gardener learned how to read with this book.

Author Reply: So did I. And since Elanor had a special book, I thought Frodo-lad should have one, too!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 11 on 4/14/2017
Ah, Sam, still torn in two. I love Frodo's section the most. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: No matter how long Frodo has been gone, his friends will always be thinking of him.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/13/2017
Such lessons would consist of basic reading, writing and arithmetic, and not much more. For the majority of Shire hobbits that would be as far as lessons went, especially among the working class hobbits.

Had anybody but Bilbo taught Sam, that's probably as far as his education would have gotten, too. However, given what we see in The Lord of the Rings of his knowledge, I have a feeling that his education ended up going much further than that. In fact, I suspect that he had the privilege of learning much that a young member of the gentry would have been taught. That would have stood him in good stead when he became the mayor. What do you think, Dreamflower?

I hope that one day, you'll write about Sam's beginning lessons under Bilbo! And about how his education progressed before it finally came to an end.


SharonbReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/12/2017
Such sweet sadness. Maybe Olorin can help her understand her contribution to the defeat of Sauron through her progeny from Tuk.

Author Reply: I think he can.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/11/2017
This is great advice for any writing or any field. As they say a crappy first draft (which is what first drafts are far after all) is better than no draft. You learn by doing. Le hannon! I've made great friends here and elsewhere who have basically made vertical takeoffs in how quickly their writing improved.

Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 4/11/2017
So right for each of them!

Author Reply: Thank you!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/9/2017
"Yes," said Pippin. "There are clearly huorns in the Old Forest."

That's what I thought after the second reading of LOTR. Several others followed. I've lost count ;-)

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