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Starlight at Eventide  by Ariel 8 Review(s)
EstëReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/16/2006
I love the way you have written this scene with Merry and Pippin two very special Hobbits. You have got them down pat. The Professor would be delighted.

Author Reply: *wags tail*

That is all I hope to do. Thank you for reading!

InklingReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/30/2006
Old Dody?! Oh, I like that…I like that very much! Yes, he would be old by now, wouldn’t he?

A nice portrait of the two cousins here: Talking always helped Pippin to see matters more clearly, but Merry's waters ran deeper and flowed more quietly.

Author Reply:

Heheheh! Actually, the old fellow has been on my mind lately. Would you believe I have two bunnies for him? I can't wait to find the time to actually write them up.

aprilkatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/29/2006
I love it when the two cousins get together and talk seriously. Merry can sometimes think himself into a knot, and Pippin can at least draw him out.

And Pippin's last line is perfect. Merry had BETTER talk to Estella, silly prat!

Author Reply: Have to admit, this is my favorite chapter too. They are quite a pair, those two.

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/28/2006
A delightful read...looking forward to many more chapters.

Author Reply: Thank you, hon! There are a few more chapters to go! Hope you enjoy them too!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/28/2006
Poor Merry. Now if Estella was asking something of him that he could feel would not offer him any pleasure - might even be painful - he would be much more willing to grant it. But this thing - makes him feel selfish, as if he is putting his pleasure first.

And then, the comments about Estella's frailty - and her seeming closer to death than anyone he had seen other than Frodo - that's probably not helping, either. After all, Frodo didn't get well, and they lost him.

Now Pippin and Diamond are on the task, though, I can't see them letting Merry get away from woolly thinking for too long.

Author Reply: Exactly! He's thinking he is somehow honoring her sacrifice or something foolish like that. And you are exactly right - he is remembering that Frodo didn't get well. Also, according to the calendars Tolkien put out, Saradoc would have died the year before this story takes place too. That's a lot of loss to have to deal with.

Now Pippin and Diamond are on the task, though, I can't see them letting Merry get away from woolly thinking for too long.

No, not long at all. They are defintely a pair of doers, those two.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/28/2006
Yes - enough talking about he try talking with and to her! And don't take 'it's all right' for an answer either.

I especially liked the bit about the field of Cormallen and the way that M & P were accepted even when they came back changed.

Author Reply:
LOL! You know that is what she'd try and say, don't you? But Diamond won't let her - she's a good friend, that one.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/27/2006
I was afraid of that. Since her illness was caused by childbirth, he naturally blames himself, and is afraid of hurting her again.

And the comparison to Frodo--yes, that's still raw for him, very raw, even after all these years, and seeing Estella like that scraped the scab off that scar too.

Of course Pippin sees where he's coming from--how could he not? But trust Pip to keep to the point--Merry's self-restraint is making Estella unhappy. And his reticence is not solving the problem. Good for Pippin for getting back to the original and urgent problem!!

Author Reply:
Well, Pippin is one who would see a cup half full, even by hobbit standards! He's a good friend to have in this case, and Merry is wise enough to know it.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/27/2006
I'd wondered if there was such a tie to Frodo. First the gift of starlight, and then the look of her as she was at her most ill. But he does need to get realistic about the situation.

Author Reply:
Well, considering the author, was there ever any doubt of there being a tie to Frodo? Hehehe! He does need to come to his senses, but he's a sensible creature by nature. He just needs a little help from his friends.

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