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Time to Make a Change  by Pervinca 6 Review(s)
CmReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 3/20/2004
Oh...this is just a glorious, glourious tale. I was so touched while reading every single mini-story -- especially Merry's. They where all so poignant, and just beautiful. Excellent job.

Author Reply: Thanks very much! I tried very hard with these stories. I tend to write more humerous fics, so it was a bit of a challenge for me to be so dramatic and angsty. Glad you think it went down well!

GravReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 2/29/2004
I adored this story. It made me cry, it broke my heart, it made me laugh, and it gave me a very nice warm glowy feeling in the centre of my stomach. Sam's part was well done, and Merry and Pippin's even more so, because all of Sam's children knew what was happening. This whole story was just amazing, and I absolutely loved it.

I think I need a hug. Or possibly, some chocolate.

Author Reply: Well, I'm going to reply to all of your reviews for this story in this one, just because I'm lazy (anyone who knows me well can tell you that), and also so you won't end up with *too* many emails! Thank you so much for your lovely reviews for all of them! To be honest, writing them didn't make me upset, but when I read back through them, I found myself becoming a little tearful (especially in Sam's chapter, because I always loved the Gaffer). And as for the individual chapter replies...

I actually didn't think of Bungo's proverbs until I was halfway though the story, and I had to change the name as a result! I was re-reading "The Hobbit" at the time, as well as playing the video game far too much, so I'll blame that!

Frodo's chapter was the hardest and the easiest to write (if that makes sense), because I don't really like Frodo all that much, but his parents were the only ones I had an actual cause of death for. I've read one or two stories about Frodo's time in Buckland, so I drew inspiration from them.

As I said earlier, the Gaffer was always one of my much loved characters, and I hated to see him die, but that's why I tried to honour him as much as I could in that chapter. I always got the idea that Ham never really *said* how he felt about his family, but Tolkien's work made it clear that Sam knew his dad loved him.

Merry's chapter was difficult to write, and you might have seen that I avoided giving an actual cause of death for Saradoc. The flashback idea was a second thought that came to me while I was writing, so to begin with, all I was working with was the mention of letters from Rohan!

Ah, my poor old Dad (well, obviously, not my *real* dad). In other stories I had Paladin being a bit of a mischievous fellow (I mean, where else would Pip pick it up!), so I had to work it in. Glad you liked the letter. My only issue was with the beginning.

Final chapter! I was inspired to write that chapter by the epilogue that I mentioned at the end. Best $82 I ever spent, buying those "History of Middle-Earth" books. So many wonderful little hints (not to mention OC names!). Knew I had to work in Merry and Pippin too, but I managed to avoid writing actual deaths for them. I don't think I could have done that.

I certainly hope you got your hug or chocolate! Thank you so much for reviewing, you certainly made my day! (Oh, and sorry about the *very* long winded reply).

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 2/14/2004
I waited to read this chapter until now as I was working up the nerve. I usually don't like stories about the last years of the Hobbits, but your other chapters convinced me to give this one a chance and I am very glad that I did. This was beautiful without being so depressing. As Merry and Pippin rode off together, I felt that they were on their way to an adventure together rather than riding to their deaths. It might have been a short adventure, but I believe that it was a good one. Thank you for this story.

Author Reply: Thank you for reading, even though you had your doubts - believe me, I had doubt about writing it. I don't want Pippin and Merry to die! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

HaiReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 2/9/2004
How sweet, you wrote it wonderfully and touched on everyone's emotions perfectly! I especially liked the one between Sam and Elanor, wonderful. Thank you for sharing these, they have been pleasant reads!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you enjoyed them! (I liked the Sam and Elanor story too, :P) Thank you for reading and leaving such lovely reviews!

Leah BethReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 2/9/2004
What a wonderful ending! So sweet and very Hobbity. Thank you for sharing this amazing story. :)

Author Reply: Thanks very much! I was tossing up whether to post this one or not, but then I figured it made a far better ending the the series than Pippin's chapter!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 2/9/2004
What a lovely end to a wonderful story! I appreciate especially all the details -- the children's names, and the fact that Sam's son (Merry) is now Mayor, and Merry's son has his own nickname, and that perhaps Eomer hadn't written the letter himself, and...

Thank you again for sharing this tale with us. It was a pleasure to read it.

Author Reply: And thank you for your wonderful reviews! I'm a huge sucker for details (no matter how obscure), and I always try to work them into my stories. I've noticed that you often do that in your stories, which is what I love about them! Once again, thank you for reading and reviewing!

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