Tanis09/23/11 10:37 pm1: 1Signed
Just thought you'd like to see this review as well - forwarded from my friend Anne, who is my podcast beta. We are both huge fans of the *little* genre and she enjoyed it as much as I did.

Oh oh oh I've been laughing hysterically - even though I was getting a bit worried about poor baby Aragorn's distress in the middle of it! But it was all so funny - the whole chain reaction, Elrond (who in my mind's eye always seems to be so composed and wise) punching poor Erestor, Glorfindel sticking his own blade into his thigh, Elrond punching his son on the nose... elves gone mad! And Estel in the middle of it screaming his poor wee little head off! What a mean mean prank to play on a baby boy. I loved in the beginning when Estel came running to Elladan so horrified that his belly butter had disappeared. How adorable!

LOVED the ending, Elladan wanting to go on a looong journey far far away and then ending up being Estel's slave for playing horsey and... 'howls' smelling his feet - that really cracked me up right again! He's going to suffer reaaallll bad, the prankster.

:) Anne (via Tanis)

Tanis09/19/11 11:25 pm1: 1Anonymous

Hey Pentagnle - the podcast for Belly Butter is done.  If you'd like to listen to it before it's potsed at the end of this week, would you PM me here?  Or you can reach me at sg1authorntraining@yahoo.com.  I can send it to you via a Yousendit link. 


Tanis08/09/11 04:49 pm1: 1Signed

<VBG> Thanks for permisson to pod cast Belly-Butter! 

Tanis08/09/11 12:03 am1: 1Signed

When I read this story a couple of months ago, I had just (accidentally) dowloaded the newest version of Explorer and it took me an hour of trying to leave a review for this, to a) realize I was never going to get the dang thing to send and b) figure out I had no way of reaching you otherwise.  I was very sad.  A chat with Michele helped figure out what the problem was finally, but it's taken me this long to get back out here again to write a new review.

I hope you get this, because at the end of it, I have a question.

First, I must tell you that I laughed until tears streamed down my face, and then laughed some more.  I laughed so hard and so long, I raised the level my endorphins through the ceiling - and made the cat and the dog run and hide, likely thinking I was having strong hysterics. 

I haven't read it again - yet - but just sitting here remembering Elrond beating the crap out of Glorfindel is making me snort all over again.  The fallout of Elladan's bored prank is truly, madly, deeply, insanely hilarious.  It's obvious from the punishment meted out to the perpetrator, that Elrond has had long centuries of experience in that department. 

And poor little Aragorn - trying to hold his insides in ... yikes!  I'm off again.  Next thing you know, I'll be slobbering all over my keyboard again.  

I saw a note on another story - because of course I've read them all now, but this was my favorite - that you'd had trouble with your hand and Michele says it's been awhile since she's seen you around.  I will try eventually, to leave feedback for the others I've read, but it saddens me greatly to think that there might no more Pentangle stories forthcoming.

Now to the question -  Michele, with her archive birthday podcast challenge, has created an addict.  I'm in love with pod ficcing and I was wondering if you would be willing to let me podcast Belly-Butter.  That is of course, if I can read it without falling out every other sentence.  If you would like a sample of my work, listen to the first few minutes of ...and it was done, written by Neoinean.  It's under the pod fics here on NAN.  I'm working on a story of Michele's right now, and would be thrilled to get permission to read BB. 

All the best!  And I'm rueing the day when the fandom lost you.


Author's Response:

Hi Tanis -

Although it's true I'm no longer writing or reading right now (and for awhile, I'm afraid), I don't like to think of myself as having 'left the fandom'.  I keep hoping to return, allthough my RL situation doesn't look good for that. I'm not seriously ill or anything, just taking care of two sets of elderly parents (mine and his).  I had to take the time to answer your lovely review, though. Thank you so much for your kind words. This story was my only attempt at 'slapstick' comedy, and I wasn't sure I carried it off at all. You make me feel a little better about it.

Please feel free to podcast 'Belly Butter'. I'm quite honored that you would think it worthy of your time.

All the best to you as well!  And again, thank you for taking the time to write more than: "Loved it! LOL"  (my pet peeve. Especially when the story is an angst-fest!)


Shrimp01/24/08 11:01 pm1: 1Anonymous

Also, for the record --

"You had better think carefully about where your 'inspirations' are coming from. I hardly think that one came from the Valar," Erestor put in.

 --this line made me laugh so hard I almost choked on my sandwich.

Author's Response:

Thanks, Shrimp!

I was very hesitant to try slapstick comedy, especially in Imladris! I'm glad you enjoyed it even if most of the characters were a little (!) *out* of character from time to time. Little children are so trusting, and older siblings (yes, I mean you, Amy) can really take advantage of that. I laughed to see that I wasn't the only one, and I hope you got even with the people who said they could see all the way through your ears!


Thanks again,


Shrimp01/24/08 02:25 am1: 1Anonymous

Oh Lord, this was wonderful.  Humour and angst! :P

As a child who guilelessly believed that people could look right through her head by looking in her ear . . . yeah, older people can be evil.

Loved this, love many of your stories.  You do an adorable young Aragorn - but the good, non-cheesy, non-male-Mary-Sue type of adorable. 

Elfinabottle05/21/07 03:09 am1: 1Signed

I laugh myself silly every time I read this.  It is my all time favorite LOTR humor story.  Just brilliant!

One of my favorite parts was Glorfindel, surprised, and, I think, a little disappointed that no one was available for impaling.  Then he stabs himself!   Embodyment of his own legends...even the Balrog would be laughing if he saw that.


Author's Response:

Wow, a repeat read! The finest compliment of all!

I love (even if I shouldn't)  that part about Glorfindel too: all dressed up and no one to stab.

Thanks again, Pentangle

Eleiel11/03/06 09:16 pm1: 1Signed

HAHAHAARRRR!!!! that is the funniest thing since my brother convinced my sister that if she didn't stop sucking her thumb it would fall off. In fact it it's funnier!

I think you did a very good job keeping the characters diferent, in comedies it is hard the keep them diferent, and hard to kep them noble. I think you very well on both acounts. This is definatly one for the "Favorite Stories"


The old that is strong does not wither.

Author's Response:

Thanks, Eleiel!  This was the first time I tried 'straight comedy'. I usually try to have some lighter moments in my angsty fics, but that's another thing altogether. I really pushed the characters out of their normal behavior, but I guess it worked ok for a one-shot. It makes me feel much better to know you enjoyed it so much!

Elemmire08/11/06 05:18 pm1: 1Signed

From start to finish, it was a laugh. You have a marvelous taste in your stories, my lady. (I have figured you are female... I can usually tell if it is male or female writing, but you have thrown me for a spin. I'm not quite sure what you are. You seem female, but have a hint I have never seen away from males, and your name doesn't help) You kept a laugh in ever sentence, so that I could not give you a favourite sentence, but the whole of the story here, which you may not appreciate. You kept to each character perfectly, so that it seemed you saw them do this in real life, for not one word or action seemed absurd, or even slightly strange. This would be my fourth time in reading Belly Butter, yet no charm left, nor wit dulled to my pleasure. You, Pentangle, are a joy to read, and the most amazing auther of fan fiction I have ever come upon! If I could hold one fourth of your greatness and imagination, I would never fail to recieve a hundred stellar reviews! You deserve to be read by every LotR fan in the world.


Forever your loving fan,


(Do not forget Menelmacar, the sign of the Revelation)

grumpy11/27/05 02:42 am1: 1Anonymous
Hi there, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this story, I thought it was the best in the contest a few months back.

I also want to say how much I love you current story"Choosing". It is great. I love the part about Estel dancing arround the dining room, before he goes out with the twins. I would review on fan fiction. But I can not log on there. Looking forward to more.

Author's Response:

Hi Grumpy! 

Thanks so much for reading my least popular story! It's a sad little orphan. Seriously, though, I appreciate your taking the time to review. I tried hard to write Estel well as a 13 year old would be, yet still be our Aragorn. I hope you like the rest, as well. Again, thanks!


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