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Multicultural Interactions  by annmarwalk 6 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.)

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!

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.

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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