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Keep Him Secret, Keep Him Safe  by shirebound 21 Review(s)
TiggerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
Oh...I loved the bath scene and poor Eomer. In everything he's experienced, nothing has prepared him for the peril that bringing cloaks to bathing hobbits entailed. LOL!!! A tipsy and drowsy Frodo...*happy sigh*. I just want to gather him up and hug him. Then have him snuggle w/Aragorn again. They both need each other right now.

Oh..Poor Frodo in the morning running away from Aragorn in case he is the cause of Aragorn relapsing. Poor hobbit...Through so much and now this. I can't wait to see his and Aragorn's chat. I'm sure it's what the both of them need.

Looking forward to the next installment m'dear!! :o)

Author Reply: Oh Tigger, is there anything better than hobbits (and kings) getting the comfort and care they deserve? I just never tire of it.

Thank you so much. I'll get right to work on writing listening in on that chat.

InzilbethReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
Hobbits do know how to enjoy their bath times! As always, I loved everyone's concern from everyone else and of course I'm really looking forward to reading your take on Aragorn's healing thing.
Thanks for another enjoyable chapter.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you're enjoying this. :)

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
Very nice chapter ... I like the idea of the hobbits being troubled only by a mere hangover. Somehow at this juncture, it's nice to know that it's a normal thing and not some vile consequence from too close proximity to the Dark Lord! And wouldn't it be nice to have Aragorn around every time you had a headache. *sigh

Author Reply: Thank you. And I agree that it's lovely that the hobbits have reached a point where it's just simple, everyday things that trouble them.

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
I had been avoiding this story ever since I saw the letters "h/c" in the summary, but now I find that doing so was to my detriment!

That Aragorn would have experienced some form of burnout after all that he had done is very plausible, and his tending has been very well-written. I've particularly liked hearing about all of the furnishings the tent has, courtesy of Gimli, and the lemons which Frodo so stubbornly avoids!

Your Jacksonian descriptions of the characters do throw me for a loop, but you've got Sam's speech spot on, which is simply lovely. The only other "issue" I have is that Frodo has decided to feel guilty for Aragorn's illness, if not all of the problems that exist around him--a reaction which is so common in post-Quest ficcery that I'm afraid it's created an imbalance.

But other than those two niggles (which come largely from my cantankerous alter-ego Sagitta) this was a lovely Sunday's read for me, and as I said before I regret not having come to it sooner. More, please!

Author Reply: Thank you, Celeritas, I appreciate your comments. I do tend to weave movie-verse into my stories in small amounts, but it's always a deliberate choice and (hopefully) not overwhelming. I've been writing hobbity h/c nonstop for six years, but I believe this is the first time I've explored possible guilt on Frodo's part. I believe the Quest left him fragile in many ways that didn't manifest for awhile, and it's possible that if he really thought about Gandalf's words that the King "put forth all his power" to bring him and Sam back, it might be something he remembered if Aragorn showed any weakness. It's little things like this I love exploring, especially since the Professor left us so many tempting time-gaps to fill in with our love and imagination.

julchen11Reviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
This is soooo funny, comforting and lovingly written.
Great chapter, dear. You're simply a master storyteller.
I'm so looking how this is going on.
Thank you, darling, thank you ever so much. I enjoyed reading it and listening to you voice (yes, I can HEAR you).


Author Reply: Awwww, thank you. I'm very happy this is a comforting tale to read.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
Pippin breathed a sigh of relief. Hed rather Merry fall asleep thinking about his silly questions than the cold and dark of his wounding.

He's such a clever hobbit! And I thought he was only jabbering ;-)

Frodo had a grand time bathing and drinking, but maybe he had a wee bit too much ale! Not, that he would ever confess it!

So, now we have reached the point when the long-expected conversation starts. And I'm as curious as Frodo about how Aragorn *did* it.

Thank you for the update!

Author Reply: Thank you, Andrea! There's much more to Pippin than meets the eye. He's always thinking and evaluating a situation, like Merry, but he solves problems in his own unique way. Goodness yes, it's high time we reached the long-expected conversation. :)

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
I was just thinking yesterday that it's been a while since we had a new chapter and here it is! Thank you! A fun bath was had by all and a good night's sleep holding onto the hand of one so beloved. Interesting talk by Frodo and Sam about Aragorn and I look forward to more of that.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you, Antane. Yes, it's time we finally got around to that talk.

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
I felt like hopping into the tub after reading this! :o) And those lemons just keep making an appearance, LOL.

Author Reply: Those silly lemons! Sam is having a wonderful time discovering their many uses.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
Oh, what fun to see the hobbits enjoying their bath, even if Frodo enjoyed it maybe a little too much, LOL! Poor hungover Frodo!

You have such a way with the little touches that characterize the thoughtfulness of all these people with one another. Eomer bringing cloaks for the hobbits; Pippin making sure that Merry's last thoughts before sleep were not of what happened on the Pelennor; Sam's usual care for his Master; and Frodo's worry about Aragorn. Trust him to figure out what'd been going on, and that it was overextending himself as a healer that had made his friend sick.

I also loved the humor--especially Pippin's line about Frodo getting "squinched like a prune" if he stayed in the water too long.

(((hugs))) What a lovely thing to find on Sunday morning before I head off to church!

Author Reply: Thank you, Dreamflower. It's the "little touches" that I so enjoy digging up and exploring. It takes courtesy and humor for diverse people to live in such close quarters!

6336Reviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/5/2008
Oh where is Aragorn when I need him to ease one of my, almost, migraines!
I have never heard of lemon in tea being a cure for hangovers! Will have to try it, next time I have one, whenever that is! A glass of wine and a Bourbon and pepsi is about the extent of my boozing!
More please,

Author Reply: I think we all long for the healing-hands of the King once in awhile. Lucky Gondorians, having him all to themselves!

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