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A Different Kind of Quest  by Dreamflower 22 Review(s)
GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/8/2004
LOL, haggling backwards. Poor Gimli, he better get used to it. They'll probably run into that problem everywhere they go.

I've forgotten all the different gifts they got for everyone. It's fun reading about them again and how they acquired them. Interesting description of Merry's mother - like Pippin only prettier, lol. I'm sure Pippin appreciated that.

Author Reply: Yes, Gimli wasn't too fond of that, was he? LOL!

I'm glad you still like the gifts; I thought they deserved their own story.

Well, Esmeralda *is* Pippin's aunt. I would think that is not the first time Pip's heard Merry describe his Mum that way! 8-D

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/8/2004
What a lovely story! I can fully see Merry still falling for Pippin's pout, even after all these years. Homesickness is the worst thing, especially when you have no clue when you'll be able to go home. It was good of Legolas and Gimli to distract the hobbits.

Author Reply: Merry knows very well what Pippin's Look is all about, but he loves him enough to fall for it anyway.
Ever since I first read LoTR many years ago, I always thought it was somewhat unkind of Aragorn and Gandalf not to explain things a bit better when they told the hobbits it wasn't time to go yet. I don't think they meant it to be, they jsut didn't want to spoil the surprise, but I am sure that the hobbits did not react well to the news.
Legolas and Gimli would do just about anything for their hobbits!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 9/8/2004
This was grand reading! I love the quest for things to take home as opposed to the quest to get rid of something. Well done.

Author Reply: Thank you. I, too, think that the Quest to find something is somehow more heartening and positive than the opposite. Yet getting rid of an evil was the core of LoTR.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 9/8/2004
Finally he bought something with his money... Let me guess merry and pippin bought the inkwell set for him....
Great job...

Author Reply: Yes indeed. Isn't he going to be surprised?
Thank you, and thank you for reviewing!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/8/2004
I love the describtion of the jelery it sounds beautiful.... I like it that they convinced sam to kind of trick him into taking the money...
Home, soon they are overjoyed...

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked the jewelry. Legolas is a talented designer, isn't he?

Well, it was for Sam and Frodo's own good after all.

Yes, soon they can go home, now that the White Tree is back!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/8/2004
Really good! Love the gift selections,expecially the jelery shop,how pip will even put his name on the jelery for his mother.
Kind of funny they bargin to pay for the items.... Love it!

Author Reply: Thanks! Yes, poor Gimli, having to force the merchants to take Merry and Pippin's money, LOL!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 9/8/2004
What a lovely story. I enjoyed seeing the hobbits get the gifts they gave their families on their return.

I'm surprised in a way that Frodo took so long to realise that Sam wouldn't take an allowance unless he did - and that Sam could really do with it.

Love the falcon - and the idea of Legolas as a jewellery designer. Now it's clear what he can do once he doesn't need to spend all his time orc-slaying.

Author Reply: Thank you, so did I. Marigold has such *clever* little bunnies, has she not?

Well, Sam was keeping it to himself, and probably never would have said anything without being prompted. Once he realized that it would do Frodo some good to think of him, however, he would not hold back. And Frodo was probably not thinking too clearly when he turned down the offer in the first place.

I think that most Elves would turn their hands to various creative endeavors with millenia to perfect them in. Jewelry design is a rather Elven task, after all, ;-). I don't know why, but I've thought of Legolas as a bit of an artist, all along for some reason.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/8/2004
'The three companions made their way carefully down the staircase, Legolas with a rather large bag slung over his back, Merry and Pippin cumbered with somewhat smaller ones'

Santa's little helpers!

Author Reply: LOL! I hadn't thought of that, really! *grin*

I could just see the three of them, suddenly realizing what it would mean to her if they bought *all* the toys--idea occurring to them more or less simultaneously, and acted on more or less immediately, without thinking of *what* they were going to do once they bought them...

RogerGamgeeReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/7/2004
Once again, you've come up with a fantastic storyline. I own a telescope myself, so I can understand Merry's fascination with that sort of thing.

I like how Merry and Pippin are trying hard *not* to take advantage of their status in the city. It would be remarkably easy for them to get virtually anything they wanted for practically nothing. But the innate hobbit sense of honor forbids it.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this story progresses. Good work!

Author Reply: I came up with the little vignette of his father's spyglass, way back when I wrote my second story, but it was too slender to stand alone, so I thought it might make a nice little something to build into another story. I'm glad you like it.

Well, Aragorn wants the people of Gondor to be able to show their appreciation. As Merry and Pippin thought, though, it's one thing to allow someone to stand them a few ales, or treat them to something to eat, or to give them some little token of gratitude, and it's another thing altogether to be suddenly given something obviously rare and expensive. They've got their own pride as well, and they have no intention of taking advantage--it wouldn't be knightly, anyway!
Of course, the craftsmen are not 100% motivated by gratitude, though to their credit, that is the *main* motivation. Middle-earth may not have come up with the idea of a celebrity spokesperson, but they certainly understand the concept of word of mouth and good publicity.

It's progressing quickly. I'm posting Ch.3 in just a minute.
Thank you.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/7/2004
'Gimli was grumbling as they left the shop. “This is absurd. Having to force people to take pay for their goods. No Dwarf should have to be so humiliated by haggling backwards like that!” '

I just love this line to bits.

Author Reply: Me too! 8-D
Gimli knew, of course, what was really motivating the merchants besides simple gratitude to a couple of heroes, but even more, he understood Merry and Pippin, who want the gifts to be from *them*, not from some merchant! But it's a good thing he was along, wasn't it? And of course, it's given Legolas something else to tease him about.

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