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Fighting Dragons  by Larner 7 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/31/2011
Some people never seem to learn and Ted is one of them! It was a shame that the Travellers had to learn the hard way about the actual truth of many of Bilbo's stories. I bet they were glad that they never had to meet a dragorn though. They did get to see some of the wonders too.

Author Reply: Ted Sandyman didn't appear to learn at all. His father was his own Hobbit, and Ted was content to sell his birthright to others, preferring to stand in what he imagined to be the protective shadow first of Lotho and then the ruffians who ran Sharkey's mill. And now he finds that Sam is not easily intimidated or bullied, having faced so may enemies and survived them all. It's a former warrior he faces now, not merely a simple gardener who cannot imagine being tested.

And I bet they are all glad not to have had to face a dragon as well as all they did see.

BeeGeeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
All of these were great! Sam has grown, but not lost his original heart and goodness. Not easy to do. Today is Memorial Day in the US, and I'd like to propose a toast to all the veterans, just like Sam, the whole wide world over; who have come back home from wars immemorial to pick their lives back up and tend gardens and tend children. I felt Tolkien meant Sam to be an honest, simple Everyman, but he was the rock that Frodo (and the rest) leant on. Your interpetation of him is excellent!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you like them. There are two more to come. And, indeed, Sam is the epitome of veterans everywhere who have offered so much and returned home to rejoice that what they did helped protect the innocent. As for being the rock on which the others supported themselves--well, that is perhaps the best description of Sam Gamgee I've seen anywhere! Thank you so much!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
Hah! That hit home!

I wonder how long it took Ted to find his voice again. I hope VERY long ;-)

Author Reply: Oh, yes, I suspect that that declaration left Ted speechless for a time! Heh! Thanks, Andrea.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
That's telling him! You go, Sam! :) Love the last line in the first one also.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Sam will always tell it as he sees it, I think! And we know he was the most loyal Hobbit the Shire ever produced. Thanks so, Antane.

TeresaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
Hmmmm....did Ted do a double take when Sam said that? After all, the Travellers did deal with Sharkey and his ilk quite handily! Then they worked their hardest to repair the damage done to the Shire and its people. As always, your glimpses of Middle Earth are wonderful! :)

Author Reply: I suspect that Ted has a good deal to think upon, realizing that Sam, too, has killed enemies as have Merry and Pippin. To realize that Sam, too, has experience in warfare must have been a shock to many Hobbits. And thank you so!

AzureSkyeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/30/2011
Oh, yes, Sam's grown up a little hasn't he. My favorite yet!

Author Reply: Oh, grown up a good deal, has our Sam. And am so glad you enjoyed this one! Thank you so!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/29/2011
Ha!! Go Sam!!! LOL

Author Reply: Indeed! He has Sandyman's measure by now, at least. Thanks, Armariel!

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