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Ho, Ho! My Lads  by Dreamflower 12 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/17/2016
I don't remember reading this one. It is delightful. Especially an ultra hyper Took. Yes, secrets are much easier to keep if there is another person sharing the problem.

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/21/2006
Oh, this is a delight! :) Pippin being so eager to help and then making such a mess...that little one can't do *anything* at this point without making messes, even take a bath! Of course, he never really grew out of *that* did he? LOL! And Merry and Pip spying is just priceless! LOL! I can remember doing the same thing with my brother, only it wasn't so much fun when we got caught. However, everyone will love their gifts, I know, and Pervinca's sounds like something I'd have envied at the equivalent of her age. :) Merry had better not start wondering where the presents are hidden, or he'll really land himself in trouble! :) Great job, both of you!
God bless,

Author Reply: Yes, you are quite right--he never did grow out of making a mess in the bath--and *that's* canon, LOL!

Of course Merry and Pippin would want to spy--these are Dwarves, after all! One doesn't often get a chance like *that*!!

I'm glad you like the gifts--Marigold and I had so much fun figuring those out!

Well, Frodo will be keeping an eagle eye on him after this, won't he?

I'm glad you enjoyed it--it's so nice to see new reviews for older stories!

GryffinjackReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/15/2005
So what presents did Frodo, Merry, and Pippin get from Bilbo? I want to know nearly as much as Merry and Pippin do! And what did Frodo get Bilbo?

It's a good thing Frodo knows his cousins so well, or else their surprise would have been ruined. I can just imagine them huddling together - there I go wanting to get out the pencils and sketch pad again to draw it.

"Merry’s last thought as he drifted away was “I wonder where they hid what they brought with them this time…”"

Sounds like me when I was little. Only I didn't stop at just wondering. *wink*

These stories of their childhoods are just delightful!

Author Reply: Well, Marigold and I are planning a sequel to this one day, so I can't reveal the secret yet, but a couple of them are later on mentioned in subsequent stories, just briefly.

I'd love to see a sketch of that scene! Go right ahead, feel free!

I'm not sure that Merry stopped at wondering, either, but he would have had to be very circumspect indeed, with Frodo already alerted.

Me too!

They are delightful hobbits, so they must have had delightful childhoods! 8-D

GryffinjackReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/15/2005
What a nice change of pace to have a visit from the dwarves! Bilbo should be quite pleased that they are not emptying him of his larder this time around, although he may wish he could go on another adventure. But not until Frodo has come of age.

My goodness, doesn't Pippin ever stop? My ears are ringing and I am quite exhausted from all of his endless chatter and running around. And curious? Well, that is a sign of higher intelligence, although Pippin does not use it on a daily basis. At least he, Merry, Frodo, and the bathroom floor are all clean now that Pippin has finished giving them all a bath.

"Merry looked up alertly. He knew what Bilbo meant, he’d heard it from adults enough to know that it meant “Little pitchers have big ears”. In other words, there was something very interesting indeed going on here. And he intended to know what. He glanced over at Frodo, who regarded him with a raised brow, and a look that said “Don’t try it”, which Merry regarded as a direct challenge."

This is my favourite quote from this chapter. I can picture it clearly in my head, which makes me chuckle all the more. Frodo and Merry know each other so well. It's brilliant!

Author Reply: Bilbo had visits from Dwarves from time to time--I'm guessing maybe once every year or two. And of course, we know he hasn't really lost his taste for adventure, has he?

He's a little perpetual motion machine, isn't he? *Especially* when Bilbo (who has, after all, been warned by his mom) allows him to get into the honey or other sweets. And top it off with the excitement and stimulation of his first Dwarves and he's just over the top. I had fun with the bath scene; we discussed actually showing the bath, but then we decided it was cuter just to show the aftermath, and let the imagination go to work. (You *will* notice who got the job of giving the bath, after *someone else* allowed him to get coated in flour and honey? LOL!)

Yes, Frodo knows his Merry very well indeed, and is quite aware of the sorts of schemes that have been known to hatch in the Brandybuck head.

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/9/2005
You know...when you told me about Ho, Ho! My Lads, nothing clicked. Until I took it to work last week, lol. I *did* read this before, but it appears that I didn't review ch. 2. So here I am. :-)

I still find this story delightful and completely enjoyed it the second time around. I think reading and writing about the lads as children, or young tweens, is so entertaining. I love them at those ages; happy-go-lucky, a bundle of energy...just kids being kids.

Hehehe...and Pippin on a sugar high! LOL! This particular Pippin came to mind when I was on a caffeine high yesterday with G.W. Again, thanks for sharing your wonderful imagination!


Author Reply: Yes, I do love writing our lads in their carefree growing up years before the Quest. And Marigold and I had loads of fun writing it together!

Hyper!Pip is a favorite of mine. I could just see it as being one reason for his exuberance and impulsiveness.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/8/2004
What a fun little story! An overly-excited Pippin doesn't make a very good spy. Merry would have done better without him, but he just couldn't leave his Pippin out of it, could he? And your description of Hurricane Pippin was hilarious. They never let him cook for some reason, hm, wonder what that could be? And then the bath! Well done.

Author Reply: We had a great deal of fun writing this story, so it couldn't help but show it. I guess Hurricane Pippin was only appropriate in a fic that was started to while away the time during Hurrican Ivan.
Well, Bilbo let him cook, at any rate--and then, if you please, gives him to Frodo and Merry to clean up! Glad you liked it!

good_one_pipReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/6/2004
I hope this review gets through. Delightful story! I love Merry and Pippin's innocence. I enjoyed the use of the dwarf song, too. It's cool when parts of The Hobbit are interwoven into the story. Keep writing!

Author Reply: The Dwarf song was actually what inspired the plot bunny. We listened to the CD, and could just imagine this scene of singing Dwarves chasing after little hobbits!

I'm actually working on a gap-filler for The Hobbit right now.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/5/2004
“So, my dears, now you see what can happen to little hobbits who try to listen to conversations not meant for their ears!”

It's a good thing they missed all the key information. I can't see Pippin finding it easy to keep any secrets, mind. Secret-keeping isn't a skill chatterboxes take to easily.

Author Reply: *Chuckle* I see him talking the ear off Merry about it for a while. But this was his first real challenge. It must have been *really* hard, but I know he would have tried his best. The practice paid off later, when it came time for him to get in on the Conspiracy.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/5/2004

You have a new review for Chapter 1 of "Ho, Ho! My Lads!" from good_one_pip ()
Delightful chapter! I love "little" Pippin! So innocent, and already quite the Fool-of-a-Took. I can't wait to see where this story is leading.

(These four reviews were accidentally lost. Thanks to Nilmandra for telling me how to fix them. I am not going to try to recreate my replies, LOL!)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/5/2004

You have a new review for Chapter 1 of "Ho, Ho! My Lads!" from esamen (
There were pickles, and pickled onions and pickled beets. And there were two kinds of bread from the bakery, and four kinds of cheeses, from soft and white to hard and yellow, and a crock of fresh butter, and strawberry jam. And there was plenty of drink to wash it all down, tea and ale and milk and even coffee, which Bilbo had brewed in honor of the Dwarves.

You know, I've been waiting for a fic writer to remember that Bilbo brewed coffee for the dwarves in The Hobbit! Yay!

This is marvelous. You have a great sense of detail and dialogue. Really well written! I just love visiting Bag End. You've got all my favorite people here. Thanks a million for posting this story!

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