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Multicultural Interactions  by annmarwalk 9 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/10/2007
I don't know if I'd read this before, but the pair of tales is so charming. fI'd so wanted to nominate "And For the Dwarves, Gimli" but see another has beaten me to it. So, if this hasn't been nominated in past years, I'll go with this one.

Author Reply: Oh, thank you! "Multicultural Interactions" was actually the first of my stories to be nominated this year. I'm very glad that you enjoyed it - I love rereading it myself.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/3/2006
Good that these two meet up--both are thinking of their families and seem a bit homesick. The description of the White Tree is lovely. It sounds like there is a flock of goldfinches roosting in the branches. I am assuming that Elanor is a bit older than Elboron from how they act (which is funny since he at first mistakes her for a little girl). Lol that Elanor describes Elboron as mumbling when by his own account he was quite gallant.
This is clever and original--I have never run into a fic about these two before.

Author Reply: Yes, goldfinches indeed, in a silvery tree! There should have been cobwebs, too, bedecked and sparkling like diamonds; I wonder how I forgot that!

Since the story was written for Marta, headed off to grad school, I imagined the age difference between them as about 4 years, with Elboron as a hapless dorky freshman (trying to be cool and impress an older woman, lol!)

(We actually do have a student who reminds me of Elboron, sixteen years old, golden-haired and broad shouldered. It's been wonderful watching him relax and adjust from a shy, uncertain boy to a poised and confident young man. It does my heart good.)

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/3/2006
Yeah, that poor kid will always be getting demerits for being late because he was reading and forgot what time it was. I love how you made him thoughtful, observant and well-spoken like his father but probably more impulsive than Faramir was ever allowed to be (Faramir and Eowyn sound like rather permissive parents). Poor Elanor must get tired of people in Gondor mistaking her for a child--"No, I can do that myself. Thank you very much." Elboron's free association from thinking about meeting people at the tea party to wondering whether there would be lemon bread to eat at the tea party was funny. Typical young guy--always hungry and thinking about food. This is very well done.

Author Reply: Can you just imagine Faramir trying to be a strict father? It boggles the mind. No, I see him going in just the opposite direction - good thing he had sensible Eowyn to temper his indulgent nature.

The first hobbit-lass in Gondor! I don't even want to think about what that must have been like for her (well, maybe I do, sometime, but not at the moment.) Just as Bergil mistook Pip for a playmate his own age, I imagine the little girls of the city would have been fascinated and delighted to encounter Elanor.

Thanks for reading and commenting! I hope this brightened your rainy afternoon.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/14/2006
Lovely. Elanor is clearly Sam's daughter. And I can see elements of Faramir in his son ... with, maybe, some of his mother's less conventional side.

Author Reply: Just imagine how blessed those children must have been, the first generation to grow up free of the Shadow! I've always imagined Elboron as a radiantly charming lad, and Elanor - we've seen what a delight she was to Sam, how she filled his life after Frodo left. Thank you for reading and commenting!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/14/2006
I love this young dizzy headstrong - yet polite and considerate Elboron. He and Elanor are both in a strange situation. They would make good friends for each other.

Author Reply: Thank you! As dizzy and absentminded as perhaps young Faramir himself would have been, had he not had a stern taskmaster of a father. I imagine him as being well indulged by loving parents, but returning this love in full measure of charm and generosity. He would be a wonderful friend and companion for any young stranger to the city; that the one he meets on this fateful night is the famous Sam Gamgee's daugter is wondeful serendipity for both of them. I'm very glad you enjoyed this!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/11/2006
A Merry meeting indeed! It's wonderful to see these two young folk interact, and your dialogue is absolutely marvelous.

Author Reply: Thank you! Their dialog was such fun to write; I sat at the computer giggling to myself, much to my husband's entertainment. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Every now and then I'm struck out of the blue with the urge to write a hobbity tale. I don't understand it, so I just roll with the urge whenever it arise. :)

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/11/2006
Wonderful conclusion to this sprightly spring tale. I think Elboron is very like his father, too; and Elanor, of course, is as observant and sharp as her Da.

Author Reply: Yes, they are very similar to their fathers, aren't they? I think Elboron would have inherited the family trait of reading hearts, and could see instantly that Elanor would be a kindred spirit for him. Elanor, for her part, inherited her Da's sense of adventure, and wonder, and the ability to immediately recognize 'quality' wherever she might chance to meet it.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/11/2006
Well, you should write stories more often; this is delightful! Lovely characterisation of young Elboron, mad as a spring hare indeed, breaking curfew even further to be kind and courteous to the daughter of the esteemed Samwise, who is so far from her own land. And lovely image of Elanor gazing up at the White Tree in the moonlight.

Author Reply: Thank you! If you wind your way through the setting, and all the description, and the goofy dialog, you will find that there's not plot at all - perfectly typical for my stories! But I'm glad you enjoyed it; the inspiration struck me out of the blue while mopping the kitchen. Perhaps I should try mopping more often!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/11/2006
Lovely! Really a good job with both characters and also with the magical setting. You manage to suggest so much so economically about thing's like Elboron's training, his state of mind, how Sam interacts with his children, and so much more. Just excellent.

Author Reply: Thank you for the kind words! I'm a short-form writer so this seems like reams and reams of words to me - I'm delighted that it came across as "economical". They both just seem so young and fresh and new, perched on the edge of adventure, whether in a new land or under a completely different kind of life; and wonderful friends for each other.

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