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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 4 Review(s)
KathyGReviewed Chapter: 57 on 2/19/2014
At least, we know how this will turn out--Bill will be chosen! =)

Author Reply: He certainly intends to be!


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 57 on 2/19/2014
If my Sam is going on a journey, then of course I am going with him.

And it's as simple as that. Thank you for filling in this gap for us, as to how and why Bill was chosen over another.

Author Reply: You're welcome!

I have often wondered just how Bill made his case to Sam, and it has been fun to imagine the argument. If Bill is anything like a certain dog or cats of my acquaintance, he has a way of making his wishes known...

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 57 on 2/19/2014
Aww...this is a conversation we know that Gandalf and Elrond must have had. Poor Gandalf, realizing ahead of time that a pony might be unable to travel the whole way and might have to be turned out before journey's end.

And poor Bill, understanding some, but not enough. But even if he *did* understand--he'd still want to go, though he'd be very frightened. (Just as Gandalf said about Merry and Pippin when he advocated for them.)

Author Reply: Yes, they must have had it, and I get the impression from reading in the original that Gandalf argued against bringing horses or ponies with them because he feared all along that they must go through Moria...

Very nice parallel, what Gandalf said about Merry and Pippin. I hadn't thought of that!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 57 on 2/19/2014
Poor Bill--to think that they would even consider any other equine should go with the company! No, Bill is the one, and he is telling them so freely and clearly, even if he does not know the cost of companionship nore the reason they go at all. Dear Bill--he knows he belongs already!

Author Reply: Poor Bill. What better pony could they take, than one who has already proved himself so brave and loyal?


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