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Lalia Took's Pride  by Larner 15 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/26/2010
Ah, Pearl, that's the ticket. Polite, noncommittal, smiling pleasantly. Perhaps you'll be able to dodge the worst of the gossip that way, or at least be pitied, rather than slandered. At least, for now.

Author Reply: I so agree, Lin. A most difficult situation she will face all too soon, of course. But how much of her own misery Lalia brought upon herself is the question, of course.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/21/2010
Some hobbits even call her "Lalia the Fat"!

Eating seems to be her only pleasure. You might even call it her hobby.

I really pity her!

Author Reply: Yes, they called her that indeed. And she'd given over almost every other pleasure, other than the exercise of power over the other Tooks within the Great Smials.

I, too, pity her. Thanks so, Andrea.

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/20/2010
Poor old Lalia. She's really a mess, what?


Author Reply: That's definitely true, Armariel. She gave up so much of herself!

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/19/2010
I feel sorry for Lalia Took, having such gossipy and judgmental helpers!

Author Reply: I agree, Cookiefleck. But she has done much to lose the respect of her husband's people, and has never learned to cultivate love. Poor lady!

TariReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/15/2010
She lucky to find anyone to help her. One day she'll run out of relatives. Someone should give her a chill pill.

Author Reply: Oh, but you are right. She does not appear to have been any too loveable a person, after all. And it does not appear her eventual death raised a great deal of pity for her, but more for her nurse and her then-current Took handmaiden, Pippin's oldest sister Pearl.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/12/2010
Oh, dear! Poor Ferumbras, and his poor father, too!

Sheds a whole new light on why he never married.

Author Reply: Oh, I agree. Fortinbras must at times wondered just what possessed him to have married Lalia Clayhanger!

TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/6/2010
People with fat heads and overblown egos always think this way.

Author Reply: That they tend to do, Tari--you are certainly right there! Heh!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/4/2010
Avenged, eh? Salt in the sugar bowl, perhaps? Or some other prank, but so subtly done that the close attendants (who suffer most from Lalia's sharp tongue) cannot be blamed...

Author Reply: No, not salt in the sugar bowl. See to find out how Reggie managed it. But there was no question of one of the attendants having done it.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/4/2010
What a contrast!

Frodo and Bilbo know that it is wise to think before you talk and act.

Lalia, however, just shouts out when something does not suit her. Maybe it always worked for her that way. But from Bilbo's words I would deduce that this time it will be different!

Author Reply: Oh, yes, this time it was indeed different. Vengeance was Reggies, if you will remember! Heh!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/28/2010
That Lalia has a sharp mind and discerning eye doesn't surprise me. That you were able to move me to pity in this short word picture... very skillfully done!

Author Reply: I'm so glad I could do so, Lindelea. Even the likes of Lalia, Lobelia, and Saruman have their tragic sides, after all.

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