Typo: "digest what was going on as slowly he had learned" Um . . . what?
Other than that, it was great. I think your conflict resolution was a little speedy, but the end result was quite believable.
I think I detected a bit of "modern" in Saradoc's dialogue, but nothing major.
Nicely done: I enjoyed this! You convey Saradoc's emotions well. My only nitpick is to query the necessity of the italics. They're difficult to read and I think we could tell that we were hearing his thoughts.
On to chapter two, now!
Author's Response: *bows*
This is really book-verse. No one really remembers the happenings while still in the Shire, for there are not many fics written about it. Good job, again.
Author's Response: You will rarely find something movie-verse in my stories... though character's looks and maybe some settings are certainly influenced by them.
i like this. with all the hiobbit fics i have read, they always make Saradoc out to be a very mean and sick hobbit. This is refeashing to have him be nothing more that the worried father. Good Job!
Author's Response: Thank you. I have never pictured Saradoc anything but a worried father - and a proud Master. He makes an appearance in some of my stories.
Fatherly love. Sweet to my ears, if MY brother went off somwhere my dad would blow a vessel.
Author's Response: *LOL* Yes, fathers can be quite unpredictable at times - especially where their children are concerned.