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A Bit of Cheering  by PSW 8 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/29/2016
Oh, but the perfect distraction for the times when the heaviness is too much to bear. He now has Rosie to think of, and such a wonderful means to keep himself centered in NOW and in the knowledge of her love.

Author Reply: Yes, I'm convinced that Sam must have depended on her for that after their return, and I'm sure she was more than able to rise to the challenge. I quite enjoy writing Rosie. :-)

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/29/2016
This is a wonderful companion piece to your other story. I like it when tales link together like this.

If you ever feel whatever this is coming on again, you hold onto it and remember that buttercups mean Rosie, and they mean good cheer, and neither of those is to be found in Mordor, so you can’t be there either.

I do love your Rosie! She's good and wise and just the right lass for our Sam.

Author Reply: Thank you! :-) I so enjoyed writing this -- I love to imagine what kind of lass Sam would fall in love with, and how she helped him through his own after-effects. I'm sure it must have been that way...Sam is not the type to be 'bothering' the others -- he would rather be strong for them and share his own troubles with his wife, I believe....

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :-)

TiggerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/16/2016
Count on Rose to know her Sam. This was so well done and a really wonderful take on the "When does Rose get her first hints of just had happened out there and her and Sam come to an understanding" questions. I'd think of all the shocks, the biggest would be hearing Gollum following them. That Gollum was real? That would shake her core I'd think.

Until she heard the last part that is. Love how it was her good old Hobbit sense triggered by Sam's sobs that told her what to do. Merry finding them and knowing his friend was in the very best of hands is just perfection.

Lovely, lovely job on this!!

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I had so much fun writing Rosie, and I do think Sam must have been in excellent hands w her. :-) Thanks again for your comments!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/17/2016
I love Merry's reaction. But then he is respectful and discreet, and can recognize that Sam is in the best of hands for the moment. Yes, Sam does need to know not all in the Shire has changed for the worse!


Author Reply: I love Merry....he would definitely just smile and bow out once he sees how things are... :-)

I'm happy you enjoyed, thanks for your comments!

quodamatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/17/2016
I forgot to mention: I love Merry's cameo at the end! :)

Author Reply: :-) Me too....

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/17/2016
I absolutely love this. Rosie has become for Sam what Sam had become for Frodo -- an absolute rock, someone to trust, someone who would always be there without question.

I know that Sam Gamgee doesn’t get ‘caught up’ in anything he doesn’t want to be caught up in, and I never once thought they were dead. Not if Sam had any say in it.

*grins* This is wonderful.

Author Reply: Yay! Thank you. :-) Of course Rosie must have had a lot to do with Sam's working through all they'd seen and been through, and I've always wondered how these things might have been approached between them. I really enjoyed writing this -- had an especially great time with Rosie. :-) Thanks for your comments!

Mysterious JediReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/16/2016
Such a sweet story!

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm so happy to hear you liked it... :-)

quodamatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/16/2016
This is just such a beautiful story, I hardly know what to say. You do a tremendous job of capturing the characters - Sam as we see him in canon, and Rosie as I think she'd have to be for the role she plays to make sense. The result is a story that's poignant and charming in turns. I also think the psychology is very realistic. I can definitely relate to what it seems like Sam is feeling here - that you sometimes a traumatic experience doesn't really hit you until things are back to "normal," but you find that normal isn't what it used to be, and everything that whatever happened isn't something you can just leave behind.

Random thought: this kind of reminds me of a scholarly article I once read that talked about how Eowyn's relationships with Aragorn and Faramir make a lot of sense if read in terms of the experiences of "war brides" during and after the World Wars (which Tolkien obviously would have seen many of). Continuing the parallel, that would make Rosie a woman whose sweetheart returned from a war as a rather scarred veteran. I think you portray that wonderfully here. Sam a lucky hobbit!

Author Reply: Very interesting! Yes, I'm sure Tolkien had his war-time experience always firmly before him as he wrote ...

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I'm so happy you enjoyed this. I had such fun with Rosie, and I've always wondered how the two of them must have approached his experiences in the context of their relationship. Maybe I'll have to try another scene with the two of them sometime, I very much enjoyed writing this ... :-)

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