2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: In Minas Tirith, Merry comes upon Frodo doing something completely unexpected.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 10
This is a lovely story within a story! I really enjoyed Frodo and Merry in this tale, obviously friends, and comfortable with each other, though I am sure that Frodo could have done without Merry discovering him knitting, resulting in him having to tell the story of his stay with Aunty Antirrhinum. (Great tricksey name, btw, but I am not so sure about your motivation behind naming the pig, lol!) The description of Frodo as a child brings to mind the fact that he was once known as the terror of Buckland, lol, and I love that he was an active, adventurous lad here. So many people write him as a sad, depressed, basket case when really I think, or at least hope, that he was very much as you describe him. This was a very realistic sounding hobbit lad! It is beautiful that he, with Sams help, is reknitting Pippins scarf, even if it will be shorter. I think it is a way of showing Pippin that things can be repaired and made good and whole again, even if they are a bit different from what they were before the Quest. A perfect metaphor for Pippin, and it seems so natural that Frodo would know to do this. I loved that Frodo had knitted the scarf for Pippin to begin with no wonder Pippin loves it so. His reknitting it may also be a way for him to try to let Pippin know that Frodo himself is all right, if changed, as well. A lovely, tender story, and a funny tale all at once! Well done!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 6
This is a neat piece. I always wondered how it was that Pippin came by its scarf, since it's the only knitted piece I can ever remember seeing on any hobbit in the movies. (There are enough sheep in many scenes throughout the movies that I can easily imagine knowledge of knitting being a bit common-place in Middle-earth in general, and to my knowledge Tolkien never wrote anything to contradict this.) Frodo's caring nature for Pippin and Merry's joshing him are just what I would imagine given that Frodo spent most of Merry's early childhood living in Brandy Hall, and given the age difference (twenty-one years!) between Frodo and Pippin. All in all this piece was very well done.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
I think I was just as startled as Merry when he came across Frodo knitting, and the story behind this was even more startling. But it also felt very natural, and kudos to their aunt for coming up with a way to keep Frodo indoors and out of trouble. Highly ingenius, and it certainly worked. Beyond that, it was absolutely hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing for a while. Great story!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 2
An amusing short. Frodo the tween-aged yet unintentional terror of Buckland got a smile from me, as did the old Auntie's response to it. It's nice to see Frodo helping others instead of being helped by others during his stay in Gondor.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 2
What could motivate Frodo to relearn the skill more than doing something for Pippin. Frodo in a frock is something to imagine! Although the one I feel sorry for is his poor old auntie. She had to do something to squash the irrepressible lad!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
I do so love stories about Pippin's scarf, and this one is both funny and sweet. I love the details this author uses!