Lost and Found

Author: Bodkin

Nominator: grey_wonderer

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: G

Summary: A mother reflects on the effects of the quest. The thoughts of Eglantine Took.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

Brilliant story about just how much Pippin changed. And who would know better than his own mother? I like the idea of her wishing she had kept him safe and sheltered in the Shire and also of how his change had shocked her at first. But I really liked how Eglantine was able to adapt to her son's needs and see what things might be best for him. There was some nice characterization for Frodo, too, and I enjoyed the fact that he had a "Tookish" look to him. I also enjoyed the fact that Merry kept Eglantine posted on what was happening with Pippin. Once a conspirator, always a conspirator. Nice characterization all around, and very nice extrapolation of an older, wiser Pippin from his mother's perspective.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 6

I always enjoy seeing one character through the eyes of another in a story and this story does that so very well. It lets us see Pippin's return to the Shire after the quest through the eyes of his mother, Eglantine. The author gives an excellent account of Egalntine's relief at the return of her son and her frustration at not being able to help him as much as Merry can or later, as much as Diamond can. I loved Eglantine's longing for her sweet, innocent child who would never return fully and I also loved her desire to understand it all. There is also a brief look at what Frodo had become through Eglantine's point of view that is very telling. The author's description of Frodo's eyes says it all.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 4

Bodkin manages to write so much detail, so much emotion using so few words that she amazes me. I have much to learn from her style, and this story is one example that I should print out and read often. The idea of Pippin's return from his mother's point of view, allows Bodkin to get into the depth and emotion she needs to display the differences betwen the 'before-the-war' Pippin to the mature, slightly haunted 'after-the-war' Pippin. A wonderfully haunting story.

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 4

How have I never read this one!? It is wonderful. I love seeing Pippin from his mother's eyes. You do such a good job showing how the war changed him, made him grow up and made him different from the others around him. I liked how you showed him and Merry as closer; I liked her reaction to Frodo leaving and to Diamond. And as usual the language is so poetic. Great story!

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 4

This exposition, from a mother's point of view, does a fine job of uncovering the changes, both good and bad, in Pippin after the Quest. It's interesting how she compares the changes in Pippin to what has changed Frodo as well -- her description of Frodo as "boiled and bleached" brought a smile unwilling to my lips, for how hobbity it sounded in spite of the soberness of the topic.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Bittersweet reflections, as Eglantine shows her hobbit toughness or just parental toughness in resting content with the fact that Pippin has grown well, despite the injuries and grief. Good to see the adjustment of a hobbit who stayed behind to one of the Travellers, rather than the reverse.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

I love this strong and elegant musing from Eglantine's POV; her thoughts are so clear and her love for not only her son, but for her nephew and cousin comes through beautifully.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

A moving story. You take an alternative viewpoint and use the character well to tell and show the suffering and changes in Pippin. Your characterisations and plot are convining and though provoking.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 2

A wonderful summation of Pippin after the Quest, through his mother’s eyes. Very insightful, with good, strong descriptions. Nicely done!