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The Purple Path  by Dreamflower 32 Review(s)
RobbieReviewed Chapter: 9 on 4/8/2017
Loved it. I like the four of them spending time together back then, and think you did it fittingly - a dripping wet Sam is likely to have happened several times.

Author Reply: Yes, I am quite sure Sam was often dripping wet--of course, on this particular occasion, he had no real reason to be, which is why Frodo scolded him. (So many portrayals of Sam and Frodo forget that Frodo's 12 years older, and quite likely to scold Sam if he needs it!)

I love to show the pre-Quest friendship of the four. It's one of my favorite things.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/8/2017
That is the power of the Dragon Gold!

Bilbo is wise indeed to ignore its lure.

Author Reply: Not only wise, but he knows himself well. He would hate being lured by something like that.

Which is not to say he is totally unselfish, but what he craves is not treasure, but peace and quiet, good food, and home. Not the sorts of things money can buy.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 4/7/2017
What a delightful way to spend the day! And love that Merry didn't want Thorin, Fili, and Kili to die this time. He is so sweet!

Author Reply: Of course not! He's creating his own little AU with those little "action figures"!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 10 on 4/6/2017
I will dare to cheat and ask two questions...

It's intriguing that in Rivendell Bilbo says he wants his story to end, And they lived happily ever after and Sam says But where will they live? What does he mean? Does he have an inkling already, without truly realizing it, that his life and the lives of his two masters will not end in the Shire but in the West?

What/who does Sam see in the Emyn Muil with 'other vision' - the mighty lord that wrapped his glory in cloud and the transfigured Frodo outside the Sammath Naur - is this the same person, ie Frodo as he would appear as Lord of the Rings himself?

Le hannon, Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Actually, I think Sam is more practical than that: when they left the Shire, Bag End had been sold to the S.-B.s. I think Sam was thinking wistfully about the fact that he might never live in Bag End again. Little did he know!

I think that is as good a guess as any. It seems quite logical that he might see Frodo that way, perhaps a vision of the way the Ring was trying to tempt Frodo.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 9 on 4/6/2017
I love this sweet story! Especially the ever expanding toys from Bilbo's adventures. Imagine such fun putting a hobbit off his feed for a bit. :) Great stuff.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Yes, I figure those toys saw a lot of use over the years! Thank you, dear!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 9 on 4/6/2017
Great story! I love how Frodo showed such concern for Sam's health when he arrived dripping-wet, and how Sam got to join in the fun with the other hobbits. Wonder what the Gaffer's going to have to say when his son returns home? Hopefully, Sam's own clothes will be dry when he does--I don't think Hamfast would think much of his son showing up in Bilbo's clothes! =)

Hope you'll soon post this on and Archive of Our Own!

Author Reply: Frodo would always worry about his younger friends, which is why Sam got a scolding from him.

Sam will have his own clothes back, and go home when the rain's over. And being an honest lad, he'll probably tell his Gaffer that Frodo wasn't best pleased over him endangering his health. My version of the Gaffer is not one to flog a dead horse, so he'll probably just say, "Well, I hope as you learnt a lesson about gallivanting around in the rain." and let it drop.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/5/2017
Oh, the perfect format for this glimpse of the creation of Sun and Moon.

Author Reply: Thanks! I thought that a dribble would get the main idea across even better than a longer format.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 4/5/2017
Ah, the PERFECT gift for Sam from Frodo! And a wonderful adaptation of the real-world wisdom Sam embodied.

Author Reply: I have wanted Sam to know some of Tusser's wisdom for years and years and years! But I couldn't quite pull it off. The prompt immediately made me think of that. But it wasn't until I looked at the Longfather Tree for Sam that I realized what the solution would be!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/5/2017
Oh, but of course there were huorns in the Old Forest! Excellent!

Author Reply: I've always thought that Old Man Willow was either a huorn, or an Ent gone bad! And if one, why not others? We know that in the past the trees had attacked the Hedge!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/5/2017
Ah, wise he is for a Hobbit! I love what bothers him most!

Author Reply: I've always thought that Bilbo was very self-aware, that he knew his own heart better than most people do, and to find himself being greedy in his dreams would disturb him immensely. (It's the same rationale behind his dream in "Dragonsblood". The idea of being bloodthirsty and greedy would totally freak him out.

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