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This and That  by Lindelea 238 Review(s)
UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 45 on 6/27/2024
I am crying as I write this. Next week is what would have been our 50th wedding anniversary had I not lost him nearly 2 years ago. You have captured so well what I truly believe will be our reunion in heaven. Thank you more than you can imagine.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 45 on 4/15/2024
I rejoice that the animals are there, too, to rejoice in the delight of reunion in such a site and activity! How I miss so many dogs and cate and others I've loved over the years, and look forward to seeing them once more when the time comes.

Thanks so for this gift, and for the time we spent together today. May we again find equilibrium in the coming days and months. And may I finally get over this cursed cough!

Author Reply: You are most welcome. Our fur-friends just don't live long enough, not anywhere close, and it's worse when their time is cut even shorter by mishap or disease than their life expectancy would encourage us to expect. Even though I know that certain pets, like tortoises and some parrots, have long lives, my heart belongs to feline and canine companions, and so I'm stuck.

I hope that awful cough will resolve soon, either from the natural healing process or effective treatment or both.

It was wonderful to see you. *hugs*

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 45 on 4/13/2024
This wonderful story made my cry. I am missing my husband so very much. I know he is waiting and the family reunion will be glorious. I still need reminders as provided by your work. Thank you more than you will ever know.

Author Reply: My deepest condolences to you. I am sending warm thoughts and comfort your way.

You are very welcome. I greatly appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts. (((hugs)))

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 45 on 4/9/2024
Oh my friend, this is lovely. May such a joyous reunion be so for all of us, and our beloved furry children.

Then another voice breaks into the conversation. ‘Hullo Sam! You haven’t hurried, have you?’

Wonderful line. :)

(Sorry, my first review got cut off.)

Author Reply: Thank you, dear friend, especially for making this extra effort! I think I might get bored at just eating all the time, which suggests to me, sadly, that I'm only an honorary hobbit at best. (I do well to manage one meal a day, much less six. Eating is something of a chore these days, so I do my best to make food that is appetizing and beautifully presented, at the very least; I guess that would be a hobbity trait, actually. Junk food might be easy, but just it's not appealing these days for whatever reason. Maybe I'd eat six meals a day if someone else were doing the cooking... lol)

That said, maybe because the Feast transcends time and space, boredom isn't a possibility.

Isn't funny how that one line of Rose's hints at so much character and has sparked the imaginations of so many authors, generating wonderful depictions of Sam's Rose? In that one line, she sounds spunky and confident and competent and... well, lots of things, too many to go into here.


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 45 on 4/9/2024
Oh my friend, this is lovely. May such a joyous reunion be so for all of us, and our beloved furry children.

Wonderful line. :)

Author Reply: ((((hugs))))
I know this is a double-posting of comments, but all your comments are welcome all the same!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 44 on 4/2/2024
Ah, how we all are inspired by others! The King HAS returned, but footpads still need to be dealt with in the here and now!

Author Reply: Indeed we are! I still remember the sense of wonder I had when JoDancingTree introduced me to fanfiction, and I realized that people were writing all these wonderful stories filling in the gaps the Professor left (or continuing the story, one that I never wanted to end). And then I began to read on ff (dot) net, and I shyly asked Shirebound about my own story idea, and she encouraged me to write it down and post it! I treasure the rich interactions I've had with authors as a reader and with readers as an author, sharing ideas and exploring nuances and deeper issues together over the years. Some voices have fallen silent, and others have moved on; though I miss them, I'm glad to have known them. The LOTR fanfic community has been such a wonderful, supportive, inspiring group of people... definitely a treasure trove.

When I first started working on this little response to Dreamflower's first posting, I had all sorts of ideas for Merry's and Pippin's adventurous trip from the Bridge to Bree... perhaps running to several chapters... When I realized I had neither the energy nor the time for what I wanted to do, I then thought, "What would be the next best thing?" And so, surprising Pippin with a host of Tookish archers to cramp his style, er, protect him from waylaying ruffians, seemed just the thing.

Thanks for reading and stopping to leave a good word.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/27/2024
I am crying. This is so touching.

Author Reply: Thank you. I so appreciate your stopping by to read and leave your thoughts.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/27/2024
This is utterly fantastic and so moving. I love that Aragorn and Beregond met before the battle.

Author Reply: Thank you! It has made sense to me almost since before I began to write fanfiction stories that Beregond would prefer to seek his death in battle. I would love to read a longer story based on that notion someday. I have so many WIPs myself, I daren't take on another one, no matter how intriguing, so I will hope to find it published, either already in some archive, or in some future posting.

I appreciate your reading and stopping to leave a good word.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 44 on 3/21/2024
What a lovely gift for Dreamflower's anniversary. Long live our beloved hobbits!

Author Reply: Amen! Long may they live and their stories endure.

(I cannot quite believe it's been twenty years. Where has the time gone?)

Thank you, my friend, for stopping to leave a good word or three.

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 43 on 3/3/2021
Good ol' Sam! Always helping out those who need it without thought of himself. Glad the passenger saw who the best Hobbit for the job was. Wonderfully written, as usual!

Author Reply: Thank you! So good to hear from you. I hope you are keeping well.

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