Ho, Ho! My Lads
Author: Dreamflower/Marigold CoAuthors
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Pre-War of the Ring - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Merry and Pippin get more surprises than they bargained for when Dwarves visit Bag End.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 6
I love both of these authors on their own and so naturally when they put their heads together something wonderful is bound to come of it and sure enough, this little story is the proof of that. I enjoyed Bilbo trying to make sure that all of his gifts were ordered and that they would be ready on time and it was also fun to see Bilbo with the Dwarves in this one. Merry and Pippin were very in character and trying their best to find out exactly what theri older cousin was giving them for his birthday. I liked them sneaking about and trying to listen in on Bilbo's conversations. But the highlight of this is the Dwarf song! I do hope that these two author write more together. This was too much fun to be their only colaboration.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
This was such a fun little story. Pippin's enthusiasm was brilliant, and I loved the way he greeted the dwarves. Good thing they were patient. I think my favorite part, though, was the fact that Frodo noticed there were little eavesdroppers. He's a sharp one, and his subtle efforts at discovering them were brilliant, even though he couldn't quite spot them the first time around. It's a good thing that both Merry and Pippin became a lot better at covering things up later on when they formed their conspiracy. And thank you for providing a reason for the presence of Merry and Pippin up at Bag End. That made the story fit so well into Tolkien's world.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 4
Little Pippin, on a sugar high, detailing every single second of the process of making honey cakes - while wondering why he needed to use WATER to wash hands he had licked perfectly clean! What a vision. And, in the meantime, a group of hobbits and dwarves devote serious time to eating. I love the spying hobbit lads - and the sound of the gifts - and Frodo's awareness-from-experience. This is a very feel-good story.
Reviewed by: Inkling ✧ Score: 4
A funny, charming portrait of a young Pippin...loved the image of him jumping up and down, sending up puffs of flour. The bond between the three young cousins is nicely portrayed. And "tupper" is a clever addition to the hobbit repertoire of mealtimes. Reminds me of the Eskimos, with 100 different words for snow... Just what *did* Pip leave under Merrys bed, anyway?
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 3
Pippin answering the door to the dwarves was precious and the gifts were wonderful, exactly the sorts of gifts one would expect Bilbo to give to his special family members on such an auspicious birthday. Not sure about them using *that* song! Also speech patterns too American, but otherwise quite good.