Sunshine and Laughter

Author: Anastasia

Nominator: Llinos

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler: War of the Ring - Third Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Gandalf tries to soothe Pippin's nightmares in Minas Tirith....

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 10

This story is a lovely example of Gandalf’s love for the hobbits, including Pippin, or maybe even especially Pippin. We see here that Gandalf knows the youngest hobbit intimately, and dotingly cares for him as a grandsire would care for a beloved grandchild. He knows exactly what images and distractions to speak of to ease Pippin from his nightmares, and he is infinitely patient while doing so, though he has been doing this several times each night for several nights now, ever since Pippin looked into the palantir. I loved this: "Evil cannot abide good, and that is where you will be most important, Peregrin Took. For your race *is* good; you yourself are a bright light." Gandalf has always been interested in hobbits, and this statement of his makes me wonder if he has always had the knowledge, or maybe just intuition, that hobbits would play a great part in the history of Middle-earth, helping the other races of the free peoples to triumph over the Dark? I like the glimpses we get from Gandalf’s words of Pippin and the sweet life in the Shire that he once knew, and I hope that he will be able to get that simple happiness back someday – from what I know of the nature of hobbits I think that he will. A full belly, the company of your best friend-cousin, a lovely day surrounded by the simple beauty of the Shire - these are just about the things a hobbit loves best, and I love that Gandalf knows that!

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 3

I really like the way Anastasia has shown the affection Gandalf feels for Pippin, and the respect with which he holds him as a bright light, and the hope of Middle-Earth. The concept of Pippin being troubled by nightmares, and Gandalf able to restore his peaceful sleep, is a very feasible one, and quite well described here.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

This is a side of Gandalf that is seen in brief glimpses only throughout LotR, and that idea is kept very well in this story because Pippin never knows who or what it is that soothes his dreams. It remains an unseen, unthanked, and unasked for act, which is like most of what Gandalf did during his stay in Middle-earth. Very touching, and very well written.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

I'm not sure how I like the idea of Gandalf intruding into Pippin's thoughts. It seems a little too magical and elvish for me. Nevertheless, Gandalf's thoughts were sweet and his interaction with Pippin was well-portrayed.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very sweet story of Gandalf comforting Pippin's troubled dreams, as they wait for the siege in Minas Tirith. I love the image of the Wizard calmly directing the dream as he rubs the hobbit's back.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took  ✧  Score: 2

I could see Gandalf doing something like that for Pippin. The old Wizard really did love that little hobbit, and it shows. Thank you for sharing this sweet moment in their lives with us.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 1

How well Gandalf knows his hobbits, perhaps this one best of all. A wonderful example of Gandalf's own stewardship.