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Alone  by Ellynn 6 Review(s)
KathyGReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/2/2022
Thank goodness Frodo did not have to go onto Mordor alone! Sam made sure of that.

Author Reply: Argh, review-notifications don't work (again). I didn't see this till now.

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. :)

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 3/16/2022
I've always thought that the ring has a mind of its own. Just like a conscious being.
Like an *intelligent* being.

Yes, that certainly resonates with Gandalf's little speech to Frodo:

‘There was more than one power at work, Frodo. The Ring was trying to get back to its master. It had slipped from Isildur’s hand and betrayed him; then when a chance came it caught poor Déagol, and he was murdered; and after that Gollum, and it had devoured him. It could make no further use of him: he was too small and mean; and as long as it stayed with him he would never leave his deep pool again. So now, when its master was awake once more and sending out his dark thought from Mirkwood, it abandoned Gollum.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings: One Volume (pp. 55-56). HMH Books. Kindle Edition.

Author Reply: Yep!
After all, my own opinion is based on what I've read in the book - including this paragraph you pasted. ;) Although I could never remember everything that is written about the Ring word-by-word, I don't have photo-memory :)
But this paragraph is great! :)

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 3/4/2022
The description of the surrounding landscape is gorgeous, firmly setting the scene from the beginning. Frodo's inner thoughts are well done, quite believable. That insight about the hobbits not being tempted by power! - Ah, how I love hobbits. (And good thing Lotho wasn't a member of the Fellowship, however unlikely that would have been...)

Well, in a way, Boromir and the Orcs actually helped Frodo's plan all along... And now I need to go back and re-read that chapter. Well, I need to read the whole story again, actually. I have been sort of mired in "The Ring Goes South" for just about forever. However, I purchased the "new" set of audiobooks read by Andy Serkis not too long ago, so that should make things easier.

I really hadn't thought about the Ring working its will on every other member of the Fellowship. I wonder what thoughts it would have used to tempt Legolas? (It certainly misjudged Sam. If it had dangled before him scenes of peace, tranquil hobbits watching the sunset from a bench in front of a comfortable smial after a satisfying day's work and a tasty, filling evening meal, Old Toby smoke rising from a pipe, hobbits laughing over their beer, a small garden plot, strawberries and cream, Rosie dancing with flowers in her hair... but luckily, such small, cosy, unambitious thoughts were beyond Its power.)

Author Reply: Hey, thanks for reading and reviewing!

I've always thought that the ring has a mind of its own. Just like a conscious being.
Like an *intelligent* being.

AldwenReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 2/27/2022
A great insight! Thank you!

Author Reply: Aww, thank you!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 2/26/2022
Oh, so very possible. I can easily imagine this internal decision taking shape.

Author Reply: Glad to hear this!
Thank you for the review. :*

shireboundReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 2/23/2022
This is a wonderfully insightly glimpse into Frodo's thoughts and the clarity (to him) of his decision. What a truly terribly alone moment this is.

Author Reply: But the good thing is - he wasn't alone in the end. And he wasn't alone (after the decision) for a long time. A comforting thought.
Thank you so much! *hugs*

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