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The Purple Path  by Dreamflower 37 Review(s)
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.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 4/5/2017
Now, that is quite the project! Most interesting, how you depicted her effluvient of darkness!

Author Reply: Thank you! It was a lot of fun to figure out. It didn't come out exactly as I'd envisioned it, but I think it carried the idea even better than my first thoughts of what it would look like.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 7 on 4/5/2017
I think it more likely the original version of this came from the Shire, not the 1500's - it's so hobbity! Thanks for bringing it to light. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Well, Thomas Tusser was definitely the author back then--perhaps he was a descendant of the Shire!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 4 on 4/1/2017
All I have to say is, shame on Ungoliant! And Melkor!

Author Reply: Well, yes.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/17/2017
A good idea of how the Shire was divided and constituted, and much in line with my own ideas, although I do tend to be more of a "one man, one vote" person. I do tend to add administrational duties to those of the Mayor, making him the one who oversees most registration of various contracts, wills, deeds, and so on, as well as being Head Shirriff--at least until Lotho sought to usurp that last office.

Author Reply: Yes, there were administrative duties, but traditionally they aren't very onerous. It wasn't until after the War that the duties became quite so difficult!

I thought it over a lot before I decided against "one hobbit, one vote", mainly because of the very clannish nature of their race. Most individuals would rather have left such decisions up to the Family Head, rather than deal with it themselves. And truthfully, that's how early democracy operated: only those of a certain status could vote. Even in the early days of our own country, only landowners could vote. I really think Head of the Family is more democratic than that!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/11/2017
Perhaps the nighttime was the best time to be writing of Elves beneath the stars.

Indeed! That sounds like a good idea.

I prefer reading when I can't sleep. But I think both methods can nicely distract you from trying to find the reason *why* you can't sleep ;-)

Author Reply: Well, the writing does alleviate one cause of insomnia: plot bunnies! LOL!

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