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Snowball Fight  by Budgielover 7 Review(s)
AspenJulesReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/18/2007
I am really enjoying this story, Budgie. It's taking my mind off my youngest child's preparations to leave home in the fall for college. It's a fun and exciting story, but the best part are the little details you include that just add a "real-ness" to the storytelling, that make me feel like I'm right there. In this chapter it's the line "A rock dislodged under his boot and struck Boromir on the knee, eliciting a muffled curse from the Man." In a previous chapter you added a bit about Aragorn getting a stone out of his shoe and wondering idly how he picked up a stone in all that snow. I loved that!

I also liked this bit of description "Half-crouching against the pain of his injured chest, he moved along the wall, waving the improvised torch before him. While the others waited, he growled and rumbled to himself, sliding his free hand along the stones. Finally, the gnarled hand came to rest on a single stone... That is such a brilliant depiction, I can see it, hear it and practically smell and feel the situation. So very well done, Budgie.

AspenJulesReviewed Chapter: 4 on 1/18/2007
I'm enjoying this story, Budgie - is it one of your first?

I really am enjoying the relationship between Boromir and Pippin. I know others have said it, but your Boromir development is truly bittersweet, because he would have made a good father. Thoughts of him and Aragorn together in the White City, both fathers with numerous "sturdy boys and beautiful girls," make what really happened even more tragic. Meanwhile, however, we can enjoy Boromir and Pippin, and understand better how he could so willingly sacrifice his life for the two youngest hobbits.

Now, I have to say... way to go, Pippin! with that slingshot, but EWW!! I mean... the eyes? EWW! It actually almost makes me feel bad for the poor creature, whatever it is. I guess it was truly evil anyway, but it did seem to be driven past caution by the Ring. Another evil to lay at its door.

EllyBagginsReviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/25/2004
this has been a really enjoyable story and a pleasure to read. i love the way frodo's snowballs seemed so innocent and pathetic, and ended up deadly! the wolf sniffing gandalf's pipeweed pouch and then sneezing is an image which will be engraved in my mind forever! a really vivid and well-written story. congrats!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 18 on 9/8/2003
Well, I finally made it through all 18 chapters! This is a marvelous, moving, exciting and joyous story! I particularly like the good parts you gave to Pippin, being an avid Pippin fan, but you do a wondertul job with the entire Fellowship. It was a terrific read!

Pearl Took

Iris SandydownsReviewed Chapter: 18 on 8/22/2003
Whoa! This story is excellent. I can see why Marigold gave it a Best Bet! I've just finished reading the glacier and wolf parts and now am exhausted. Your descriptions are wonderful. It felt like I was there with the fellowship on top of the ice. And I loved Gandalf's rapport with the wolf leader! I'm eagerly awaiting more chapters!

Jezabel StoneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/17/2003
Creepy. I like it. Just one question: Can Gandalf really do that mind probing thing? That seems more like something that Allanon from "The Sword of Shannara" would do. Oh well.

PS. Is there any honest-to-gods SLASH in this?

Author Reply: Hi Jezabel. Thank you for the review. Please forgive my delay in responding to you - it took me a while to figure out how to do that. (Had to read the site's directions - horrors!) To answer your questions, I read "The Sword of Shannara" many, many years ago and don't remember it, so will have to read it again. But certainly wizards and Tolkien's Istari could do the "mind probing thing." Well, it makes a good story, anyhow... And re your question on slash, no - there is no slash in any of my stories. I have nothing against (well-written) slash like I do poor writing, but I just don't see the need for it in Tolkien's universe.

KarriReviewed Chapter: 13 on 8/8/2003
Woo hoo! I've been waiting and waiting for you to get to this one. This is a wonderful tale of friendship and bonding. Each of the nine is characterized beautifully. I've enjoyed reading it several times. :)

Author Reply: Hello Karri. That was very kind of you. If I had known you were waiting, I'd have worked faster! Thank you very much, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Author Reply: Hello Karri. That was very kind of you. If I had known you were waiting, I'd have worked faster! Thank you very much, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Author Reply: (Pardon the double reply, Karri. I just learned you don't double-click on the Submit button!)

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