Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Closing the Book

Author: Gonzai

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Post-War of the Ring

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: After Sam departs for the Grey Havens, Merry and Pippin set out on their final journey to Edoras and Gondor. Based on the timeline in Appendix B. Angst and sadness.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

I've always liked the fact that Tolkien gave Sam that line: Ah, and where will they live?, and that Tolkien then went on to tell of the part that came "happily ever after", in one form or another, including the inevitable fact that with the exception of Legolas and Gandalf and a few other Elves, all the members of the Fellowship and those whom they encounter are mortal. A happy ending to one tale does not mean they are made immortal-death is a part of their cycle and tale. Watching Merry and Pippin, and to a lesser extent Aragorn, deal with age, death, and bereavement was very moving. I thought a bit more could've been done with the closing the book motif, but nevertheless, worth a read.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

This too suffers at the mercy of my memory for I am sacrificing a second reading for time to read more stories. I have given it a second glance though, to tray and remind me and I think that has done a good enough job that I can write this comment. This is a fitting tale for the brief mention of what happens to Merry and Pippin the timelines in the Appendices, and a good explanation for why the younger Pippin would pass first. The characterizations are wonderful, playful, even their old age, a good mix of book and movie personalities. Good job!