Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Light In Dark Places

Author: Anso the Hobbit
Nominator: Marigold
2005 Award Category: Genres: Movie-verse - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Pippin remembers lighting the beacon in Minas Tirith...


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

The scene in the film where Pippin lights the beacons is right up there near the top of my list of favourite scenes and this story is a wonderful expansion of that scene. I like the way that Anso has structured the story. First she shows us Merry and Pippin after the Battle of the Pelennor, with Pippin showing Merry around the City. I like how casual Pippin is about the view and the way he urges Merry to climb up with him and see it, and that he doesn’t quite tell Merry exactly how he got up there before, though he hints it wasn’t by the regular stairs and paths. Merry is a bit suspicious, but too involved with being up so high to insist upon an answer - then. I like that Merry was willing to face his fear of heights rather than be separated from Pippin, and that Pippin realised that Merry actually feared heights and was so caring of his feelings. Then at their picnic, Merry has recovered enough to question Pippin more thoroughly, and I like that Pippin begins to tell Merry *why* he climbed up, but not *how* he climbed up, lol! He knows that Merry would be rather upset at the thought to say the least! I loved the description of Pippin actually climbing, lighting the beacon, and climbing down. Anso describes the dangers and difficulties that in the film are glossed over – Pippin could have fallen climbing either up or down, he could have been shot, he could have burned himself badly. I loved that when Pippin saw that he had achieved his goal that he hoped that the beacons would go all the way to Rohan and bring Merry to him. I liked that Anso realistically had it take Pippin an hour to climb down, as it would have been a great physical effort. I agree that his limbs would be weak and shaking from the effort. I loved that Gandalf was so proud of Pippin’s success! Merry’s reaction at learning that Pippin lit the beacons is wonderful! ' “You changed the course of the whole war, do you know that?” Merry said, tears in his eyes.' Merry is right I think – if not for Pippin lighting the beacon Rohan would not have known to come to Gondor’s aid, and the battle would have been lost. Merry’s realisation of how Pippin actually got to the top is priceless! I liked the flash to Edoras when the beacon was seen, and Merry’s description of the mustering. It took the story full circle. Well done Anso!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 5

I am *so* glad the MEFAs introduced me to this story! I don't know how I missed reading it during Challenge 3... I love the exploration of the relationship between Merry and Pippin, the subtle alteration due to their experiences. And I hadn't thought about this aspect of Pippin's influence on the course of the War. I know that his looking in the Palantir was crucial to setting things in motion, but I hadn't thought about the beacons! (Probably because my head is set so firmly in book-verse, I sometimes forget to take movie-verse into consideration.) Well done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

This is a lovely exploration of a movie-verse moment. I really love the little framing story, with Pippin showing Merry around Minas Tirith, and his initial reluctance to let his cousin know of his dangerous feat; Merry's determination to follow Pippin up to the beacon in spite of his own fear, because he doesn't want them to be seperated again; and his immense pride, when he realizes that Pippin was responsible for the summons to Edoras. A very nice story!