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On the Anduin  by Gentle Hobbit 15 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/11/2007
This was a wonderfully touching tale. Well done!

TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/13/2007
One more thought. Gentle Hobbit is a great name for you. You certainly have a gentle heart.

TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/13/2007
This was amazing and very touching. I am always blown away by the gift for story telling that Ringers have. I am so greatful for the MEFAwards. If it were not for them, I would have missed out on many, many wonderful tales.

Thank you for writing this. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved it.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/20/2006
I managed to miss this one before, but it is well, well worth the reading. Definitely our Pippin and our Frodo, each afraid of failing, and yet accepting their own limitations at the moment. And I love the promise of the spring to come Pippin was able to give Frodo in his pain and to spite the fear that he wouldn't see the season actually come.

girlofringReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/16/2006
very moving and it seemed as if I was hearing Tolkien speaking through you. It was if reading one of his chapters.

Author Reply: Thank you, GirlofRing. I'm glad that the story touched you.

ArielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/13/2006
You can always get me with Frodo H/C - I am such a sucker for it I'll even read bad H/C - though I will never find that from you! LOL! Thank you for this!

Author Reply: "I am such a sucker for it I'll even read bad H/C -"

Whew! I was getting worried there for a minute. And then your reassurance came! *grin* I'm glad you liked it.

BudgieloverReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/12/2006
Like everyone else in the 2006Frodofic Challenge on LiveJournal, I was blown away by this fic. The first thing that struck me was the terseness of your third-person voice, almost reporting the action. Then the night wears on and Frodo speaks to Aragorn, we see the depths of his bravery and willingness to endure, as well as his care of the other hobbits, so unused to violence. The comfort for the hurt is wonderfully written; the 'voice' relaxes and allows us to move more closely into the story. The end scene is lovely, reminding us why we love hobbits so. Congratulations on a brilliantly thought-out, well-reasoned, and emotionally involving story.

Author Reply: Thank you! What lovely words of praise. It does seem that this story has struck a chord with quite a few people, and I just feel thrilled that it has done so. Thank you again.

naiadReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/12/2006
Wow! Excellent job, GentleHobbit! You managed to sustain characterization despite the build up of tension and ensuing horror that were both vivid and realistic - some feat. This is NOT the kind of story I'd normally read but I couldn't not do so, once I opened it. You were right to put up the warning, not because of gratuitous gore but because of the convincing and heart-rending situation you depicted so well. Was gripping my hands together tightly as I read.
I hate to say thank you for hurting Frodo like that (actually it could have happened even while he was wearing the vest, in canon)but... it did after all enhance the characters. Frodo was awesome, just as I would imagined.
So, thank you for writing and sharing this!

Author Reply: Thank you very much for your thoughtful review. I wondered for a while about that warning, but when I read Story of Arda's statement that the website was meant to be read by teenagers, I thought that it would be best. And... I found it a bit intense myself!

I'm not sure that this scenario would have happened if Frodo had been wearing the vest. Tolkien described one arrow actually bouncing off him because of the vest, and even the cave troll's spear didn't impale him even if it did drive some of the rings through the undercoat into his skin. But either way, you are "welcome" for Frodo's being hurt! And again, thank you for your kind review.

katakanadianReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/12/2006
Wonderful! Realistic angst and just enough comfort at the end.

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked it! Poor Frodo -- he is the whipping boy of Middle-earth, I think.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/12/2006
That's my Frodo! Very courageous, but always denying it and more concerned for the well-being of others than his own.

Some time ago, after reading one of her stories, I told Lily that in *that* story Pippin was the right person in the right place at the right time. She replied, that with Pippin that is *always* the case. Well, I think, she's right ;-)

Author Reply: Not everyone can be the stoic, "brave" warrior. Many have strengths that are not the traditional kind. Or perhaps they are, but are overlooked. Pippin has those strengths.

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