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The Mathom House  by Baggins Babe 11 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/1/2007
I do love stories in which OCs come to know and understand about the canon characters! Azarafti is a very good character for that--I'd love, though to see more of his reunion with his long lost brother!

Author Reply: Oooh! You're back! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Scotland.

Glad you enjoyed the story - you may have sent me a greedy little plot bunny there. Perhaps another tale will come out of this.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/29/2007
A truly beautiful tale, Baggins Babe! It is such a positive tale. I love this man discovering the joy of a place ruled by a caring ruler, and the joy of finding his long lost brother.

Most excellently well done!

Author Reply: Glad you liked it. This plot bunny has been nibbling away at my ankles for weeks. I like to think that life under our caring King was a very positive thing.

grumpyReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/27/2007
Glad that Azarafti has found his long lost little brother. The king and queen do have a way about them. I bet Elessardoes drive his guards crazy by going into places that they think are not proper for him.

Author Reply: I'm sure Aragorn drove his guards mad. He had spent years as a Ranger, dropping into inns, wandering in the wild. The restrictions of royalty must have been difficult to cope with sometimes.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/26/2007
Azarafti got an interesting lesson about the nature of ruling and how to treat prisoners of war. Hearing other Haradris talking about ‚Our King’, learning that Elessar welcomed even former enemies in his city to live there in freedom, because at home they would have been executed, has to be quite a shock.

Ha, when Shefir and his vanishing was mentioned while Azarafti was on the way to this shop, I guessed who this shopkeeper was, and I was right! That was a touching reunion, BB. I absolutely loved it.

You know, that calls for another sequel – now I want to know how the relationships between Harad and Gondor play out in the long run, and if what Azarafti learns now on this mission is going to change Harad!

Author Reply: I think the overload of ideas must have been quite a shock for Azarafti, but by the time of 'Centenary' he has had time to absorb these things and appreciate them. At least now he has a reason to appreciate Gondor and its King.

We will see more of Azarafti in 'Centenary' and that will include his relationships with the King and with the hobbits who are there for Aragorn's birthday.

SurgicalSteelReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/26/2007
This was absolutely lovely! Just marvellous. The brothers meeting in Minas Tirith was fantastic.

Author Reply: Delighted to know you enjoyed the story. I wanted to give Azarafti some back story before writing him in to 'Centenary' and this plot bunny has been very persistent.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/26/2007
Aha! Another inspired to look at how this city and this King surpass the expectations of their peoples. And Aragorn realized that Azarafti would find his brother here within the White City itself, did he? Wonderful!

And a good use of those former POWs who knew that to return to their own lands would lead probably to their deaths, to give them appropriately responsible positions there in the camp at Cormallen and then within the realm itself. Yes, our responsible King at his best!

Author Reply: I thought you would enjoy this one, Larner. I'm sure Aragorn knew that Shefir was Azarafti's brother and set events in motion like the wise and wonderful ruler he is.

I just love responsible Aragorn!

TiggerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/26/2007
Sigh...That was so utterly snuggy and perfect. I wonder how many other Haradrim families could tell the same tale after the War. This was wonderfully told and perfect for a cool Fall night.

Thanks BB!! :o)

PS....Yea, I know. I owe you an answer to your e-mail. Have been having another bad patch of pain again, so...

BTW, go over to my LJ (It's tiggersk8) and you will find some of my own stories over there. Not all of them, but maybe a third of them are up. Hope you enjoy. :o)

Author Reply: Oh I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to write this before doing the birthday chapter of 'Centenary' as Azarafti will be in that too.

Any chance you can send me the linkie for the LJ? I'm such a technophobe and wasn't sure where to type in what you gave me. I'd be interested to read your stories.

Hope you're feeling better.

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/25/2007
Hi Baggins Babe. I've been enjoying these stories and hope you continue them, especially Azarafti's adventures in the White City. I'm sure he will have many, not all of them pleasant either (not everyone is going to be happy that Harad and Gondor are allies, after all *hint, hint*). Can't get enough of Aragorn either.

Just one linguistic note (simply because I can't resist): "Cormacolindor" is plural. The singular is "Cormacolindo", so you might want to change the pronoun to "them". After all, Sam was a Ringbearer as well, if only for a short time.

I look forward to reading more.

Author Reply: Glad you're enjoying the stories. I realised I had to write this one before completing the next chapter in my longer tale 'A Centenary of Special Significance.'

I'm sure there are many factions unhappy that Harad and Gondor are coming to an understanding. Some people never are happy about this sort of thing (weapons manufacturers, for a start!). Both Azarafti and Aragorn will no doubt have to deal with some troublemakers.

No, who can possibly ever have enough Aragorn?

I thought I had put 'them' - will go back and change it. I had a rather distracting day yesterday, which probably explains it.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/25/2007
This left me with a gentle smile of joy on my face BB.

Author Reply: What better praise can an author receive? I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Did you catch the latest two chapters of 'Centenary'? I always expect to see your name and was surprised not to. Perhaps the reminders are lost in cyberspace!

Theresa GreenfalconReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/25/2007
This is a charming set of short stories. Thanks for writing them.


Author Reply: Thank you! I'm really glad you're enjoying them.

Of course Frodo being alive and well in Middle-earth is part of my AU, which started off as one long story and, like Topsy, just growed!

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