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Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth  by Yeade 7 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/12/2016
I find myself rejoicing that in this-verse Brand and Dain actually survive! What an ally to have at this tense moment, which remains tense as a result of that ally's nature! Love it!

Author Reply: Uh, don't rejoice too soon. ^^;; Remember that there is still Dol Guldur to contend with. When I first started writing this story, I didn't plan on fleshing out the whole AU timeline which I now want to construct. This expansion is in large part because Smaug's survival, by his very nature, as you say, creates a LOT of trouble, and I just couldn't resist imagining what, for instance, Aragorn's views might be on Dale's rulers having the fantasy equivalent of a nuclear option. Of course, who knows when I'll get around to actually putting such ideas into text, but it sure is fun to speculate in the meanwhile! (P.S. Apologies for the much belated reply!)

MlleGigiReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/11/2016
There are a few elements in this chapter -- the fact that Smaug's skin itches, the way in which Bard and his family can hear him in their heads and seem able to feel what he's feeling -- which remind me of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern universe. Am I correct in suspecting that this is an intentional homage?

Author Reply: Can an homage be intentional when the author is inspired subconsciously? I reckon so. :P Oh, man, Anne McCaffrey's works--not only Dragonriders of Pern but the Talents universe, "The Ship Who Sang," "The Crystal Singer"--were such a huge part of my literary experience throughout my tender, formative middle school years that I've probably internalized much of her worldbuilding, both in the details, like telepathic dragons, lol, and the overall structure. Too, at the time, I don't think I'd really figured out the hows and whys of Smaug's magical de-aging as I was still undecided about what dragons even were in Tolkien's creation myth, so perhaps I defaulted to McCaffrey's popular conception of them.

Whatever the case may be, I'm glad to have made allusions to a series which brought me such joy when I was younger and that I look upon fondly to this day. I will eventually have to tie Smaug's Pernese features, so to speak, more closely to Tolkien's brand of magic, but that's a problem I'll happily leave to my future self! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing, though I'm sorry it's taken me this long to reply.

tharseoReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/22/2016
Smaugís kind of cute in a reptilian kind of way. I donít know if Bard should trust Smaug, but maybe nurture will over ride nature.

Author Reply: Cute baby!Smaug was most definitely the guiding principle behind this story's inception, lol, before it got all... political and stuff. Bard doesn't entirely trust Smaug, but he's willing to reserve judgment for now, given Smaug's helpless state, and he does get the magical consultation he wanted with Gandalf and Radagast post-BOFA, so his ultimate decision to adopt Smaug isn't made blind. Which is not to say that nurture overcomes nature wholly. Because Smaug? Still a dragon. Thanks so much for reading!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/15/2016
Poor Bard! Now he has four children, the smallest of whom is likely to prove quite the problem over time! Although this time around Smaug might actually learn some consideration for others. Heh!

Author Reply: Well, neither Smaug nor Bard can change the fact that dragons are, at base, fire-breathing monsters and engines of destruction. You may be able to beat your sword into a plowshare, but it's quite a bit trickier to repurpose, say, a tank for any task except what it was designed and made to do. Bard's going to try, to be sure! Though the travails of Smaug's rearing will have to wait until the planned timestamp series. Really appreciate the review! And I hope you enjoy the second half, despite the rather jarring transition. :)

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/13/2016
This is an amazing start to a very inventive, unusual premise. I will have several good things to say about both of your current chapters. When, I have some more time for internet. I will be away from internet for the next little while. I might also add, you may not get a lot of reviews for a bit here. Several of the old "regulars" here try to give up fan-fiction for Lent! I suspect you will get a ripple on Saint Patrick's Day, then more after Easter. And I will have a lot of good things to say, when I can get back to this!

Author Reply: Hey, take your time! There's no pressure to review, especially since I'm not exactly the best at leaving feedback for all the authors whose work I've read either. Quite the contrary, actually, and this is aside from my habitual procrastination. So, say whatever you'd like, good or bad, say nothing more--it's fine by me! You've already been very kind, to not call this premise what it is: crack, pure crack. XD

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/16/2016
A most unexpected event, finding himself feeling sympathy for the horror that had been Smaug! Now, to find out what kind of being the dragon is as an infant.

Author Reply: Yes, Smaug was a horror, wasn't he? That he's an unrepentant murdering psychopath is something that tends to get a bit lost, I find, in his villainous charm, wit, and hugely impressive screen presence, lol. At the same time, dragons or at least the great ones seem intelligent creatures, which to me implies the power of choice (free will). I hope to eventually explore how dragons may have come about, way back when Melkor was still mucking things up around Arda, in this AU. But that's for the future! For now, thanks for the comment!

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/14/2016
An intriguing start! I'm looking forward to where you are going with this story.

Author Reply: Thank you! (Sorry it's taken me so long to reply!) It's funny, but I don't believe I or the original prompter had much in mind for this story besides some cute baby dragon antics. Then less than halfway in my complete inability to write plotless crack struck again, and now I've a full-fledged AU where I'll have to think hard about the political consequences of Smaug's survival, among other things. Anyways, thanks again for reading!

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