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Review of chapter "Prologue; Dust Will Turn the Seed Home" from Oxnate
Review:
“Big boy pants. Stop behaving as if you should still be in diapers...

-- You know, I haven't been able to find the origins of this phrase. Specifically, if it originated in the US or the UK. In the US, we understand it differently than you.

Pants here mean trousers to you. So when I hear "Big boy pants", I think the same as if you hear "big boy trousers". So we're not actually thinking about diapers. I think here it's more about the child being able to dress himself.

Cheers!
Comments from author:
In the UK the phrase was in general use in the early 1990s, following a series of ads for trainer pants that included the phrase 'I'm a big girl(boy) now'. The accent in this 1992 version of the ad - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwEOigT2GWM clearly shows 'pants' associated with being a 'big kid' was not only a European thing - I really can't tell if it is american or Canadian.

Someone from Ohio comments here - http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=473625 - that 'The phrase "big girl panties" is found in newspapers from as early as 1977!'.

So although you, personally, don't think of trainer pants, it seems it is not uncommon on your side of the pond!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [12 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Going Home" from Oxnate
Review:
This is my favorite chapter of Dust. Harking back to the earlier story and showing how quickly time passes for immortals. Sad, poignant, and yet uplifting at the same time to know that those small gifts lived on long after the giftees had passed.
Comments from author:
I had this scene in my mind even as they left those small gifts back in the earlier story. But it was still quite sad when we got to them, and so much had changed for the family, when so little had changed for the elves.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [6 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sail Away. Sail Away..." from NimbustheMariner
Review:
This series, and this story in particular... there is no other way to describe other than deeply touching. Well done.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much - I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know that you have enjoyed it.
Review By [NimbustheMariner] • Date [25 May 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sail Away. Sail Away..." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
“Oh good,” said Gimli, his voice dripping sarcasm. --- THIS HAD ME BUST OUT LAUGHING! hahaha love grouchy gimli!

This story was truly beautiful. I love that Legolas is moving forward in the romance department. Such a lovely tale!
Comments from author:
I'm glad youliked that line - it amused me when I wrote it. I do rather like writing grumpy grouchy Gimli - and gruffly happy and friendly Gimli too - but somehow he only gets tiny bit parts in what I write.

Legolas' romance will get there eventually - but, of course, they've got plenty of time!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [16 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Don’t Tell Me That We’ll Never Meet Again" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Aw! Dad-son bonding!
Comments from author:
I'm really glad you enjoyed that bit - I have a bit of a soft spot for Thranduil, to be honest.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Going Home" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Again, I always love it when you tie different stories together!
Comments from author:
I'll tell you a secret- I knew this was going to happen back when I had Haldirin leave the bow behind...it's been sitting there in Rohan waiting for the return journey ever since!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Leaving One By One" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
I LOVE how Dawn got all logic-y with the twins!
Comments from author:
I always think of her has being very logical - and all the reasons given for why Celeborn didn't sail with his wife in the original book, really don't hold water. And it wasn't all that difficult for her to come up with good reasons, apart from him, why there was no need for the two of them to remain behind for ever. All she has to do now is hope they took notice!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pride of the Summer" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Awwwwww I really like that pairing! Albeit a bit odd, since Dawn is his 'sister' and thus Ithilienne is his 'niece' but I can deal since its not blood :)
Comments from author:
Legolas once said to his father that he had felt the need to protect Dawn ever since he first saw her; that he felt drawn to her, but never in a sexual way. He thought it was probably the Valar keeping their Key safe - but what if his feeling that he had to keep her safe was a form of foresight because she was to be the mother of his 'intended', I wondered...

And of course there is room for worries and disagreements about the odd family dynamics it will cause - and the possibilities of others, in the West, getting very confused about it all....
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "She Once Meant the World to Me." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
*whimpers* Oh :(

*wipes away tears*
Comments from author:
Of course we know this is going to happen - it was in the epilogue of Return of the Key - but it was both interesting and sad to look at it from the Middle Earth side of the window, so to speak.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Strangers of Time and Place" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
I *really* want to learn if the Els sailed or not!! eeep
Comments from author:
I think they will... eventually.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prologue; Dust Will Turn the Seed Home" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Yay! Gimli going to the Undying Lands!

And why is Legolas being weird about Ithilian(sp?) coming of age? ...does he...are they going to be a thing...? ;) hmmmmmmmm :)
Comments from author:
Gimli is, indeed going to go with them. As for Ithilienne... good question!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sail Away. Sail Away..." from anotherlostsoul
Review:
Rating your work a ten feels so terribly inadequate to describe the quality of the stories you tell. Perhaps the more telling truth is the fact that this series is the only one here on TtH that I've actually taken the time to download, in its entirety, in e-book form and put on both my iPad and my Kindle so that I always have it at hand, even when I don't have internet access.

I truly love the stories you have shared with us and I eagerly await the next installation in this fantastic series.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much - I really am so flattered to think you have them on your iPad and Kindle. There are certainly more episodes to come - a couple of 'Small Returns' next I think.
Review By [anotherlostsoul] • Date [21 Sep 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Sail Away. Sail Away..." from starshinedown
Review:
So beautiful to read. You do an excellent job of making me both laugh and cry. Thank you so much for sharing Tindome's stories! I can only hope you continue to add to this universe.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! There will, certainly, be more in this universe to come.
Review By [starshinedown] • Date [19 Sep 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sail Away. Sail Away..." from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
Review:
That was a lovely story. Hope we'll see more of Tindome.
Comments from author:
Thank you. And there will certainly be more of her - there is the whole 'Life in the West' - as well as the opening left at the end of Return of The Key where she tries to contact Spike...
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [19 Sep 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sail Away. Sail Away..." from Tee
Review:
Really really amazing. The entire series was just fantastic.

I hope you'll write something new now!
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. As for more - there are a couple of shorts on the way to add to Small Returns - and more stories will doubtless come to me!
Review By [Tee] • Date [19 Sep 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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