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Chance Encounter  by Dreamflower 13 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/9/2006
I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this story AT ALL, Dreamflower! But I have been lurking in the background and enjoying every word of it. I am yet another of the 'can I read just another chapter....paragraph....phrase...word and still get to work on time brigade? So please assume that I am reading and enjoying and I will try to portion my time better. 'So many good stories, so little time.' *happy sigh.*

One bed & four hobbits. Another hobbit pile! *g* and I do like the idea of Legolas singing through the night.
Court Bard eh? Well if Pippin can go from an under-age Hobbit from an unknown land to a Captain of the Guard then there is hope for us all.
I also love the way that you are using the songs, especially the one of the 'Merry old inn.'

Author Reply: I know that feeling very well--since I retired this summer, I no longer have to worry about work--but I have been late or nearly late for other things due to trying to read "just a leeetle bit more..." LOL!

I have loved the idea of a hobbitpile ever since I first heard of it. And I have even come up with a theory to rationalize it.

The idea of Legolas singing away their bad dreams is one I've had for a very long time.

Good point! LOL!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/9/2006
It'll be a bit of a culture shock becoming part of the establishment! But then, when the establishment is a ranger trapped in stone, maybe it's not that bad.

Nasty villains trying to trick the hobbits - and Legolas singing them to sleep. Not to mention Sam's party. There's a lot going on here.

I was feeling sorry for Denethor the other day. Bonkers, yes; not a particularly loving father to his second son; but stuck with ruling a country on the brink of disaster with very little he could do to make matters better. I can see he wouldn't want mystical hopes burgeoning in the lower circles - life was grim and heroes out of legend weren't about to come and make it better. Life would have been all taxes and compromises and service. And then, of course, heroes did spring out of legend and snatch victory - and all his years of careful work came to mad end on a funeral pyre.

Author Reply: I like your description of the King. "Trapped in stone"--yes, he is going to feel that way a good deal of the time; a kindred spirit like Menelcar will be of some help in aleviating that problem.

Yes, I do have a lot going on. When I started chasing this particular bunny, I had no idea of the direction it would take me, and was quite surprised myself when Menelcar managed to overhear the Baddies.

I don't often feel sorry for him. My perception of him has not changed a great deal in the last 38 years, and I always found him cold and proud, before he ever went mad. But as you say, he did have a lot to have to deal with.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/8/2006
Very curious to see what the King is plotting up for those scum. I'm glad Menelcar took the job and I enjoyed his little interaction with Faramir and Eowyn. Legolas singing to the hobbits through the night was a lovely touch. I could just see him doing that.

Author Reply: Let's just say that Strider knows how to set up a sting--and I'm not talking about Frodo's sword...

I don't think there was much chance of turning it down: he is fascinated by the new King, and very impressed with how much Aragorn cares about the hobbits.

Way back when I wrote my second story ever ("When the King Comes Back--Brandy Hall"), I mention in passing that Legolas sometimes sat with the hobbits and sang away their bad dreams. Now I am finally getting to show what happened...

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