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When Trouble Came  by Lily Dragonquill 30 Review(s)
Taryn StreambattleReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 4/30/2009
Wow!! Awesome!! ***** five stars

Author Reply: Thanks a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 8/6/2008
Especially Frodo seemed filled with a pain that tore at his heart, and although he let him know that he would listen he did not push him. Years of experience had taught him that pushing Frodo was no good thing to do.

Oh yes, no good thing indeed!

A great epilogue, Lily!
Not only Saradoc "passed the test", but also Merimac. They had a very hard time, but in the end they were successful. And that was not because they acted individually, but together as one, which might be even observed in "The Crop Raid of Brandy Hall".

I'm glad that Mac has found his humour again!

Author Reply: Many years of painful experience taught Saradoc to let Frodo come to him rather than do it the other way round. I feel sorry for him, though since both, Frodo and Merry are slightly estranged from him. There are some things they went through he will never learn about. It's a bitter-sweet ending for the Master.

You're quite right about Merimac. He might only be the old Master's second born, but he definitely remembered the 'duties' of a son of Buckland. He stood by his brother's side and I think that's how they drew strength to keep going - they knew that at least one other person would be at their sides (apart from their wives which had their own worries).

I'm quite glad myself to see Merimac smiling again. Although, he might have been very grumpy while building the second cradle. I wonder if I might have to explore one of the Ent-draught conversations more deeply. I'm sure they must have been quite entertaining for everyone around. Merimac will never accept the fact that Merry and Pippin sprouted higher than him because of a 'tree fertilising drink'.

Thanks a lot for your comments, dear!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 8/6/2008
Oh, so fitting! Yes, so fitting! And with the joy there are concerns, hidden griefs, but overwhelmed by the renewal. And the babes are safe and thriving--a microcosm for the burgeoning of the Shire and Buckland!

Author Reply: Thanks a lot, Larner! I am overwhelmed by the positive feedback this story got and I'm honoured by your comments.

The Troubles definitely left their mark on the hobbits and their land but I'm sure the story of how the Shirefolk stuck together to fight the ruffians will not be forgotten even many generations later. And Roderic and Amaryllis are looking into a bright future with both their parents (and probably a fussing grandfather) at their sides.

SlightlyTookishReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 8/6/2008
It's so nice to see this story completed - you did so well, I think it's definitely a personal best! I'm so glad Paladin and Eglantine were able to visit Pimpernel in time for the births - and I like the names you came up with! :) A lovely ending!

Author Reply: You know, I actally had some help with the names ;) How do you like poor Amaryllis's snub nose? :)

Thanks a lot for reading! I think I have to agree with you. Definitely among my best works....

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 7/24/2008
Ah--a wonderful return! And now all are standing together, which has made the men stand down. Life is capable of being good again! Hooray!

Love the whole chapter!

Author Reply: As I said to others before: all they needed was a spark, a little bit of hope to give them new strength. Now country and people can heal again.

Thanks a lot!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 7/24/2008
Lily, you made my day!

It only needed two things: the mention of Hob Hayward and his simple statement “He is alive, Master Saradoc”.

I have been waiting for this moment! And as it is often, they only needed a spark, a sign of hope, and they were able to stand up against those ruffians and drive them away. It was so easy, they simply outnumbered them. But before Merry's return they would not have dared to try it.

I loved how Saradoc and Esme welcomed Merry and how for Merimac everything turned normal again.

Merimac’s heart opened and sang with them as he rode home – Brandy Hall as it should be: a source of joys and sorrows, of light and togetherness, of singing and dancing, of bliss and recreation. How he had longed to see it so again!

Me, too :) Thank you very much for this wonderful chapter!

Author Reply: You're right. They had fought so much and lost too often. They were to scared to face another battle - until the hobbits' return kindled that secret fire that burns in each and every hobbit.

Brandy Hall as it should be.... indeed. Merimac can laugh again.

Thanks a lot!

SlightlyTookishReviewed Chapter: 7 on 7/24/2008
News at last! Happy news! I loved Saradoc's reaction to hearing about Merry, and Mac's shock at the swords. I also liked Saradoc's acceptance of Hob. No wonder he was called Scattergold. He's so generous! And the reunion at the end was so lovely. I liked this line a lot: And there he was: Meriadoc Brandybuck, his son and heir, every inch of him he remembered – and, indeed, several he did not.

Author Reply: That's indeed the news they all waited for - the spark that kindled the fire.
Saradoc is a very generous Master and well loved by the Brandybucks. I never intended him to be anything but very nearly perfect ;)


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/9/2008
I'm so glad that Adamanta recognized what he was trying to do and managed to talk some sense into him regarding it! Poor Merimac! But the time draws close when the danger will be fully over, when Merry returns with Frodo, Pippin, and Sam, and they lead those who will drive the ruffians out of the Shire.

Oh, so realistic, Lily. Love it.

Author Reply: Adamanta had a moment when even she doubted, but she knows her Merimac and eventually found the source of his pain. And with Adamanta at his side, Merimac will find new strength.

I'm so happy you're enjoying this. In my opinion it's one of my best works so far and I'm really happy with the outcome myself. Thanks a lot!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/8/2008
Poor Mac! As you said he nearly lost ground completely!
His decision to "separate" himself from his wife and his children so that it would not hurt so much if something happened to him or them might very well have come from a little boy! An adult, even a tween should have known better.
But he's desperate, which is very understandable.

He should consider himself lucky to have such a strong (and forgiving) wife! I like Adamanta very much in this story.

Author Reply: I think when you fear to meet your death with every new morning you lose perspective. Of course, he should have known better, but he couldn't help it. I think the day he almost lost Berilac had a bigger effect on him than even he knows.

Adamanta can be very strong if she has to be.


SlightlyTookishReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/8/2008
I remember reading parts of this earlier and it's nice to see them in their finished form. I really like your Adamanta - she's so strong! I'm glad she was able to talk some sense into Merimac (poor Mac!).

Author Reply: Merimac needed someone to catch him and pull him back to his feet before he lost ground completely. Adamanta, thankfully, noticed and didn't push him away as she could doubtlessly have done when he did the same with her. A strong woman, indeed!


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