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A Lesson on Hobbits  by Budgielover 16 Review(s)
shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/23/2005
Oh Budgie, I'm so thrilled that you continued this! I adore stories like this, where we learn about hobbits (and the hearts of those who know them) through unlikely characters and circumstances. What a joy! I especially love these...

"I donít see the use of growing hair on your face," the young one commented, "while it is only sensible to grow it on your feet."

"Make Frodo go away, Gimli," a sleepy, petulant voice demanded. "Heís making too much noise."

"They expect you to entertain them and produce an endless series of amusements. If you have food, they materialize out ofnowhere and stare up at you with sad, soulfuleyes." The Ranger laughed quietly. "And you count yourself fortunate to be treated so."

*melts with happiness*

Author Reply: I'm so glad you enjoyed those little bits. These moments of peace are so rare (well ... at least in mystories *cough*) that I reveal in them. Wouldn't you love to sit around a campfire with the Fellowship after a hard day's march, and watch the firelight play on their faces? No wonder we fall in love with all the Fellowship, but the hobbits especially.

purrlinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/23/2005
More please! More.

I can see them all, truly I can!

Hobbits have so much to teach us all...oh that we could all learn to live our lives as hobbits do...come to think of it, I've often wished to have the life of my cat too! Mmmmmm

Most of us live our lives as "big folk" and forget that seeing life at a different, more hobbity level could make all the difference to the future of our world.

Please continue I'd be very interested to see what the hobbits could teach Gandalf after all his years or Legolas who lives in a different world than the others or the future King of Gondor and Arnor. What can they teach Bill even? or perhaps Saruman himself? How about Ioreth in the Houses of Healing or maybe Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth or any of the hundreds of people whose lives they touch?

Thanks, this was a great read.

purrlin :)

Author Reply: Purrlin, thank you for your compliment of saying you can 'see' the story - that is a great and generous thing to say to a writer. Your observation about 'seeing life at a different, more hobbity level' is very wise. I hadn't really considered taking the "Lessons" past the Fellowship (and yes, even Bill!) but you are making me consider it. Thank you.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/23/2005
Oh - this was great. I was sooo pleased when I saw another chapter to this. 'A person may not get up when holding a cat! well ofcourse not! And I love the way that Gimli has been adopted into hobbithood. Thanks and more to come? Yes please!!!

Author Reply: Yes, Harrowcat, more to come, I think. This series is a unique format for postulating several ideas I have been mulling over about hobbits (and the Fellowship). The other "Lessons" may not be as calm and comforting as this one, but each one holds an idea or observation. Thanks for telling me you are enjoying these!

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/23/2005
I loved the description of Legolas standing on guard - it sounded extremely elfy! Best of all, though, was the analogy between the hobbits and cats, as they snuggled into the warmth. It's so very, very true.


EruviluiethReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/22/2005
Excellent story. I love Pippin's characteristic boldness. I never thought of hobbits as cats, but the comparison holds up quite well, including the intelligence which they can choose to show or not. I knew there was a reason I liked hobbits (can you tell I'm a cat-lover?). Great work!

Author Reply: Many of us hobbit-lovers are cat-lovers, Eruviluieth - isn't that odd? But there are more comparions between hobbits and cats, especially in how easily they twist their Big People around their little fingers. I loved your comment on choosing to show their intelligence - or not! Very acute observation!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/22/2005
I am grinning from ear to ear. This chapter did indeed, remind me very much of Baylor's "Care and Feeding..." not only in subject matter but tone as well.
It's so beautiful and sweet.

Not only that, but you tap into what I feel is evidence for one of my pet theories about hobbits: I believe that their charm is hard-wired into their instincts, and is part of a hobbit's natural defenses. In general, Big Folk have a hard time not succumbing to the need to defend these small and adorable creatures. Only rogues and renegades and creatures of evil would harm them.

Certain hobbits, those with strong Fallohide bloodlines have more than their fair share of this charisma--such as Frodo, Pippin and Merry.

Hobbits who lack this charm are defective, like the S.-B.s.

So it's not surprising that Gimli fell to their defenses.

And I love Aragorn comparing them to cats. How true...

Author Reply: I'm glad you enjoyed this. When I was writing it, I was thinking about your comments in your LJ concerning hobbits and 'personal space.' That hobbits don't have much of a sense of personal space, and that is part of their charm. So, you see, you get partial credit for this fic!

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