2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Hobbits - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Merry wonders if Pippin will ever wake up...
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 6
This is a lovely story, written in Dana's wonderful style of saying just enough to tell the story. There is a dreamy sort of quality that makes the story seem a bit blurred, but I mean that in a very good way, and am probably just not saying what I mean all that well. There are numerous wonderful bits in this story, but this description of Merry's feelings is my favourite - "Frantic, distraught, but disturbingly calm." What a wonderful summation of how a person feels when they have just gone through too much, and can't handle much more. All of Merry's thoughts and the exchange betwen he and Pippin, are very nicely done, and wonderfully in character!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 5
This is a Cormallen fic, but that doesn't half do justice to this author's gorgeous lyrical prose. It shows Merry's painful thoughts in a wonderful stream-of-consciousness style, as he waits for his Pippin to wake up, his realization of all they have gone through to arrive at that point, that they all yet live, and that they have all accomplished what needed to be done--but he is not really complete until Pippin wakes, and Pippin's first words are so perfect! This is a Merry-and-Pippin who are truly a part of one another.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
Sweet and simple. Well, not quite simple. Pippin has done some growing up, and he proves it to Merry with some very good answers to Merry's doubt and guilt. But this story definitely reads like a hobbit story should: it's very simple while at the same time hinting that greater things lie beneath the surface. A very light touch was used in the tone and the mood, but the emotions are clearly there. Excellent writing.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: 3
"Lightness" is a very nice picture of Merry waiting hopeful-hopelessly for Pippin to awaken at Cormallen. The words going through his head ring true; he is caught in regret and memory and even futility... and it is fitting that Pippin wakens, just at the right moment, to lead him out of his dark thoughts.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 3
"You can trust a Brandybuck to know when to say too much," says Pippin in this story, but it isn't too much at all. It's just right. Especially the way that Merry's angst and self-blame transform once Pippin finally does waken and they are together.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 1
Angst, affection, hope, and friendship all in one short story. This is quite a find.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 1
A sad story but ultimately uplifting.