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Shadows of a Nameless Fear  by Budgielover 19 Review(s)
Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006

This is terrible!!

Well written, but terrible. Please hurry with more :)

Author Reply: *giggle* Hello, Pearl! I'm so glad you are ... well, sort of enjoying the story. There doesn't seem to be an end to the awful things yet, so it will get even more terrible. Honestly, I don't know where all this stuff comes from... ;)

storyfishReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
Oy! I was riveted to my chair while reading this last chapter--very exciting stuff! Will Merry figure out what's going on? Will Frodo survive his injuries? Will Pippin get out of the WELL??? (Heehee, oops, wrong story) It's very strange--I must have tons of faith in Gandalf, because now that he's here (even though the cellar's EXPLODING, for heaven's sake!), I feel much better about the whole fire thing. No worries now, here comes Gandalf to save the day!

And, of course, I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter, which will hopefully have news of Pippin's fate! ;-)

Author Reply: Storyfish, thank you so much for telling me how 'riveted' you were! Some of your questions will be answered in the next chapter - and some will not. And I loved the idea of Pippin falling down a well - I had him fall down a sewer once, but not a well. Honestly, these poor hobbits... :D

ElemmírëReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
This is totally AWESOME!!!!

I love how the entire Fellowship is so involved in this tale. And hey, if Gandalf can take on a fiery Balrog then he can most certainly take on a burning building! I, like everyone else, am sitting on the edge of my seat for him to rescue our dear hobbit.

You had me laughing in the beginning with Sam and the sedan bearers. Your description of that scene was perfect. I could just envision Sam holding on with all his might as these two men jaunted down the stone streets of Minas Tirith after Aragorn's army of soldiers. LOL!!

Ahem. Since you've now added a rather severe case of smoke inhalation to poor Frodo's growing list of injuries, and he is now in obvious need of a Respiratory Therapist ... I happily volunteer my services, Budgie. :D

Author Reply: Elemmírë, I think Frodo would leap at the opportunity for a little TLC from you! This is about the worse I've ever treated him. I've been doing quite a bit of research on his injuries and hope I am writing them factually. I'm so glad you enjoyed the little bits of humor - too much unrelenting angst is exhausting. Having said that, the next chapter is heapings and heapings of it... :)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
Oh wow! I have every confidence in Gandalf finding Frodo and getting him out--he's the *White* Wizard, now, after all. But Frodo's not going to be in any shape for talking--it's going to be up to Merry now to rescue Pippin--I think...

Man, you are giving a chance for every single one of the Fellowship to shine.

I loved Sam's stubborn encounter with Aragorn, and the people's shocked reactions; and the byplay between Legolas and Elrond; and Gimli hopping about in his impatience; and I could just *see* Merry chasing after Faramir--the part where Faramir went *over* the obstacle that Merry went *under* was just *inspired*! And--well, I guess I'll end up repeating the whole chapter.

The only part I didn't like was that it stopped--you left me gasping for *MORE*!

Author Reply: Dreamflower, isn't it funny how we as writers think certain things need to be in a chapter? Faramir jumping over and Merry running under that pillar was one such thing. I couldn't explain why, but it was important. I'm so glad you enjoyed the chapter (except for the cliffhanger, of course)! (And I hope you are feeling less sore, now!)

ElwenReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
This story is not good for my blood pressure!

Author Reply: Hummmm... Elwen dear, maybe SoA has a warning in their warning box, when you post a chapter? I could look. It might say something like, Warning. Highly aggravating cliffhanger. Children, pregnant women, those with high blood pressure and foaming-at-the-mouth LotRs fans have been advised. *giggle* Of course, all of us fall into at least one of those catagories!

ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
Ugh!!!How could you cut it off right there? Poor Frodo,well I know Gandolf will get him out, wont he? I loved Legolass acrobats, I wish I could do that. I will be waiting for the next update.

Author Reply: Elfingimp, that was a patented Budgie cliffhanger. heh, heh, heh I am delighted you are so engaged in the story. Thank you for appreciating Legolas' athletics - that was a difficult passage to plot and describe. I am so glad it came across to the reader.

ArielReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
Hehehehehehh!!! Now this is what I call 'angsteh...' LOVE it! Gandalf will find him, but what shape will the poor fellow be in? *rubs hands in sick delight.*

Author Reply: Ariel, my dear, you are going to love Chapter Eleven. Keeping in mind what you said about levels of angst, I am piling it on so thick I expect the monitor to sag under all the weight. There has got to be a breaking point, where the reader screams, "Enough!" I am determinded to find it.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/2/2006
Oh goodness. Frying pans and fires. Fingers tightly crossed that Gandalf can get Frodo out before the whole thing blows. Frodo is in severe need of Medical Care!

And then - I just hope they notice Pippin's absence before he becomes lunch. At least suspicious Merry has a clue there's something going on.

I love the way the whole of Minas Tirith is in uproar, with men and elves and the odd clever dwarf rushing around in pursuit. Headless chickens, the lot of them.

Very exciting. And tense.

Author Reply: I've noticed that hobbits have that effect on people, Bodkin. I mean, "men and elves and the odd clever dwarf rushing around in pursuit. [like] Headless chickens." Amazing how four such small people can turn the whole City on its ear. And Aragorn thought all the danger and drama of the Quest was all over... :)

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/1/2006
Was just about to sign off when I saw the chapter notification.

You are simply amazing! Here I am worried half to distraction over Frodo and you have me chuckling in the first part of the chapter (and again, later, with Merry's thoughts, following Faramir).

Lovely use of Gandalf's power over flame. I have every confidence they'll come out.

But in the meantime, what about Pippin???

Sitting on pins and needles is not a comfortable place to be.

Author Reply: I would imagine sitting on sewing implements is indeed uncomfortable! Thank you so much for appreciating the little insertions of humor - straight angst is exhausting for both reader and writer, I think. I remarked to Marigold that one of my favorite (evil) devices is setting up a character in some horrific situation then ignoring him for a chapter ... like Pip here. It is so much fun to tease people... :)

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