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Breath of Winter  by Cuthalion 8 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/24/2006
I see I'm not the only one who saw this method of warming Frodo then as being used. Beautiful, Cuthalion, both the current tale and the memories.

And rubbing chillblained limbs with snow has been used for a long time, although a tepid bath may be more effective.

Wonderful tale.

Author Reply: And somehow it is one my favorites - not the genre I usually write, but it came from a challenge of a very good friend, the premise was not too simple (to ind a way to write a scene where Merry and Pippin strip tp warm Frodo without any "slashy" undertones), and it was enourmous fun.


Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/3/2005

Author Reply: Thank you very much!

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2005
This is very good. I love how Merry is remembering things from the past while trying to take care of Frodo. This chapter shows how close Merry is to Frodo and how very worried he is. I also loved Merry's prank and his punishment. Now I am off to read and see if he and Pippin are found and exactly how much trouble they are in this time.

Author Reply: Enough trouble, I'd say, but the rescue is on its way! Thank you!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/2/2005
What a sweet story! I admit, I couldn't pause to leave a review after the first chapter but had to go right on to read the second.

I remember my brother telling me the Eskimo's remedy for half-frozen travellers, just as you describe it in chapter two.

You are aware, I'm sure, that rubbing frostbite with snow, as used to be the common remedy, actually does more harm than good, and the remedy recommended today is gradual warming? You might put an author's note in, to that effect, just so that some reader someday doesn't try the remedy, not remembering where they read it! (BTDT--in one of the "Little House" books, Almanzo Wilder rubs his frozen feet with snow... and for some time, until I took a class in First Aid, I thought that was what you were *supposed* to do!)

Author Reply: Really? Funny enough I happened to come home on a winter's day with numb, ice cold feet when I was a child, and I tried warm water to feel better - which caused a biting pain that I still remember after more than 30 years. And I sat in our bathtub, crying and frightened, and my mother did exactly what Frodo did, with good success.

And as my husband pointed out, the "snow therapy" was for years and years seen as the best opportunity to help... probably also among hobbits.
Ah well... I'm very glad that you like my tale, even with this little flaw!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/2/2005
Really sweet and beautifully written. Lovely tale for a winter night or a summer day.

Author Reply: *laughs* I actually wrote it on a hot summer day, drinking glass after glass of iced pepsi... which was a challenge, because I had to imagine how those poor boys felt under the tree to make the whole thing believable. I'm glad that I succeeded!

DaynawaynaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/2/2005
I knew they'd be ok! Smart Merry! What a lovely fic, Cuthalion. I really enjoy the intricasies of hobbit relationships. Great Job!

Author Reply: Thank you! *bows*

ElwenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/2/2005
What lovely images. Both of childhood and adult caring.

Author Reply: Thank you, Elwen! I'm very glad that you like it!

DaynawaynaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/2/2005
Oh no!! I've said it before and I'll say it again: Never trust a Brandybuck or a Took...!! :O Those poor frostbitten boys! Although knowing them, I'm sure their tucked away securely and safe somewhere, with a wonderful story to tell. :)

Author Reply: They are indeed, and you will find out where as soon as you read chapter two... Thank you very much!


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