Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Walk In The Woods

Author: Anso the Hobbit
Nominator: hobbitgrace
2005 Award Category: Genres: Adventure - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: When a walk to visit Frodo turns into an adventure, young Pippin needs to use the all the skills that Merry has taught him.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

This was one of the author’s very first stories, and it is an exciting one. I really like the relationship between Merry and Pippin here, it seems just exactly right for their ages. In the beginning, when Pippin is just getting his strength back, he is not always in the best of moods, yet older Merry understands his younger cousin’s frustrations and is patient with him. When Pippin is ready to push himself, Merry doesn’t try to gainsay him but is supportive. We get a really nice understanding of their relationship and the difference in their ages when the storm flares up, and I love the image of Merry carrying Pippin’s rucksack and the way that he keeps Pippin behind him out of the force of the wind. It is very exciting when Merry throws Pippin to safety, I would imagine him reacting in just that way. Pippin is appropriately childlike and yet mature, as befits someone his age, background, and upbringing. He is afraid, and yet he takes action, he thinks things through and doesn’t panic. I love that the skills that he uses to rescue and care for Merry are skills that Merry himself taught Pippin, either directly or by example. It is so like Pippin that after he knows that Merry will be all right he considers that this is an adventure that they are on – very Tookish! And Merry is very Brandybuckish in his reaction to Pippin’s efforts. Really nice characterisations, and good descriptions and action!

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 5

It all should have been so simple, but Anso the Hobbit manages to create quite an adventure with Merry and Pippin. Given the age of the hobbits and the simple way on how Anso shows us the events, I cannot help myself to quickly read further. Leave it to Anso to turn simple things of life in angsty moments just like that, feeling for them so deeply when they face hurt and fear. I like the simpleness of this little tale that shows the reader how Pippin is much stronger that many would think of that age. A great story Anso!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

On a walking trip from Tuckborough to Bag End, poor Merry is seriously injured, and it is up to little Pippin to save the day. He has to use all his courage and everything he's been taught to do the job. But it's Merry who taught him all that he knows. This is just a lovely look at the two young hobbits, and shows how they grew up to have the pluck to follow Frodo.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

Pippin's rare good sense comes to the fore in a crisis, especially when Merry can't be sensible for him in this delightful short story. But I admit I'd love to see the other side of it -- what are the adults going to do when the two lads don't show up where they're meant to be on time?