Oh, awesome! Too funny! Thanks so much for the link!
This was very sweet! I love Bilbo's combination of soft-heartedness and crotchitiness!
And delightful to have Gandalf show up!
Oh, what a neat account of Aragorn's and Bilbo's first meeting! To have them meet before Bilbo left the Shire never occurred to me! And I loved the encounter with Lobelia.
This is absolutely lovely--especially that last sentence, which is utterly poetic! I love POV gapfillers, where we are allowed inside the heads of the characters in canon moments--this one is very nice indeed!
Author's Response: Thank you, Dreamflower, I'm glad you liked it! I'm very fond of Faramir and Eowyn, so it was nice to explore the beginnings of their romance. I, too, like POV gapfillers - as you may have guessed!
In my effort to be helpful, I forgot to reivew the chapter! Sorry!
I think you used the flashback technique very well hear. My favorite is with Frodo and Pippin, I have to confess, I have a weakness for a musically-inclined Pippin. *grin* I hope that when Pippin got a little older, his cousin relented about the lessons! That would be a fun story to read: Frodo teaching Pippin to play the fiddle!
You mentioned in your notes about figuring out the hobbit/human age ratio. Actually, I have made such a chart myself! I've posted it in a few places:
Is in my LiveJournal. I figured it out, using an "almost two-thirds formula ( .64, as figured by Topas Took. It uses the differential between a human toddler of two and a hobbit faunt of three, and also the difference between a human just come of age at 21, and a hobbit coming of age at 33--this works out to almost two-thirds.)
However, I should mention that not everyone agrees with this. *Most* hobbit writers do, but some feel that hobbits age the same up until their tweens, when their growth slows down. Others use a sliding scale, so that the difference is more gradual. Some use 18 instead of 21 for the human coming of age reference, which skews everything a year or two younger. And there are many people who don't believe there is any real difference at all, and that hobbits just delay the coming of age to 33 for social reasons, not reasons to do with growth at all.
The main thing is to be consistent, whatever system you decide on.
Hmm...so you've moved the Tooks, Brandybucks and Gamgees and all much closer together?
Author's Response: Yeah, I guess I have, haven't I? It's one of those things that just worked when I was creating the story in my head- I suppose I often sacrifice canon for what works with the story. Pippin and Merry actually live literally right next door to each other, and are neither in Tuckborough nor Buckland. I'm not exactly sure where they are yet- believe it or not, I actually don't have this entire story thought out, even after I've written it! It's just kind of how I function, I guess. I hope that makes sense... -Traveller
Oh, what a neat idea to have Frodo become a healer when he returned!
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you like it. I differ from other Hobbit-writers in that I prefer the term "doctor" to "healer", even though I know that Tolkien liked to use the word "healer". From your stories, I notice that you (as well as most others who write about Hobbits) tend to make the healers women. For some reason, I've always imagined them as male Hobbits. I guess I'm sort of thinking of it as a male-dominated society, like old England- men hold the "real jobs", while women are the housewives. However, Elanor Gamgee, ever the rebel, deviates from this stereotype, as will come up later in the sequel to this story, "Every Day". -Traveller
I love the clever echo of Gandalf's words to Faramir of Ithilien.
I do find myself a little confused about some of the changes you've made to canon, but as it's an AU it works. I just have to wrap my brain around them.
What an intriguing beginning! I like the idea of Frodo's return (done an AU like that myself, though I haven't posted it here yet) but this is quite different!
And it seems that young Faramir Took is dreaming of his namefather...what's happened to Faramir of Ithilien, I wonder?
Oh my, Goldie and Fair are so sweet together.
Author's Response: Goldie and Fair exhibit the same basic sort of relationship as Frodo and Sam or Merry and Pippin share, but of course each individual relationship is different. They're the best of friends, and understand each other better anyone in the world and can therefore provide the best sort of comfort in times of trouble. -Traveller
Oh, poor Merry and Frodo!
Frodo thinks that his jewel from Arwen will help? Perhaps it will...
I very much enjoyed this story. It had the elusive quality I call "heart", which to me, means that the author loves the characters, and "gets" them.
Unlike many people, I don't have *one* favorite character: my favorite "character" is the deep friendship between all four of the hobbits. Any story which has that friendship as its focus is one that will appeal to me.
I liked the use of the movie-verse imagery, as Pippin awaited his fate, and the way that Arwen, Boromir and Theoden all came to him, to tell him of his choice. But of course, he knew it was not his time yet, not when he would be leaving so many of his dear ones bereft, especially Merry.
I also enjoyed seeing Frodo in "healer mode" which is something new and different.
I saw that you have a sequel, so I hope some of the mysteries of this story will be cleared up, like Fair's dreams of Faramir, for example.
Thank you for sharing this story!
I'm finally getting a chance to read this, and it's already very absorbing.
And I am wondering more than ever about the mysterious connection between the two Faramirs.
This is quite a story! I love the interactions here of all four of the Travellers. It's quite nice to have Frodo still in the Shire and available to help his cousins, and Sam was wonderful.
I don't think you are doing too badly with the h/c. It's hard to get that right sometimes, especially with no medical background of your own. But I think you are handling the illnesses all right. And there is no doubt of the comfort part of the equation! The love is clear.
Frodo's memory of the miruvor and how it had helped made me wonder if he might decide to write to Rivendell, or even to the King, to see if there is something that could be done for Pippin that Shire medicine could not. Did you indicate what year this story is taking place? I don't recall...
I do find myself getting curious about Diamond's new teacher...you put some hints in there that make me wonder if all is aboveboard in that situation.
And more and more I wonder about Faramir and the other Faramir and the dreams.
Aww...this is a sweet chapter. I do like the way Sam deals with revealing Pippin's condition to Pippin's brother-in-law. And the children were adorable.
Author's Response: Thanks! When I'm not on an angst-roll, I do tend to go for the sweet factor. It took a lot of thought to discern exactly how I wanted Sam to talk about Pippin's illness with Cory- what should he reveal, what should he hold back, and how formal should their terms be? I decided that, since Sam is no longer calling a lot of people "Mister", and since he would probably know Pippin's brother-in-law pretty well, he would call him Cory and hae enough trust in him to discuss about Pippin. I love the children! Goldie and Fair are such intensely good friends, and Ham makes me laugh! Thanks for reading and reviewing! -Traveller
A very sweet chapter! I can tell that you are quite fond of horses and ponies!
I'm more than a little intrigued about the situation Diamond has found at Mistress HIbbs' home-- it seems a little fishy.
And I loved little Primmie's letter to her "Uncle Pippin"!
I look forward to seeing more.
Lovely to see that Estella has come to visit, and to see how pleased Pippin is to have her visiting and to see her with Merry.
I still think something fishy is up with Diamond's teacher. Why didn't she tell Dale that Diamond was married? Or that her husband was the Thain's heir? Very odd.
And I am getting REALLY curious about the mysterious connection between little Faramir and his namefather. Has Pippin ever told his son about the Man he's named for? I'd think he might guess who the Man is.
How nice to see an update here when I finally got to come back over to this site! I've been so busy lately that I've neglected coming here.
Poor Frodo, poor Merry and poor Pippin! This certainly was a very angsty chapter! But it looks as though things are looking up again.
I love that you are so open about the reactions of those around you!
Fanfiction: Because there is never enough canon.