What Should Not Be Forgotten
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: Post-Ring War - Second Place
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: The cost of the Quest is brought home to the Ring-bearer by a morning spent with friends and kin in a courtyard in Minas Tirith.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 4
The characters of all four hobbits were neatly developed here. They were all distinct, yet they all were clearly hobbits; and the differences were exactly as I would imagine them based on what Tolkien wrote. I particularly liked that it was Pippin who procured the food, given his connection to the Tower Guard. I can just see him organising food coming in and setting aside the best stuff for himself.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 4
I love this story and have since the first time I read it. I think that it is so important that Merry and Pippin's deeds be remembered, as if they had failed then Frodo's task would likely have failed as well. This is beautifully written, and though a bit different than Budgielover's usual tales it is a very enjoyable read. The cousins and Sam are written so wonderfully here. I like it very, very much, well done!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
A very touching a beautiful account of Frodo's realization of all that his cousins accomplished and endured. I love the way the story moves from humor and banter to seriousness, without missing a beat or seeming strained. Gandalf's intervention and praise was just right.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 3
As much as I love this story for the main part of it, I also love it for the small details about Merry and Pippin doing as much to take care of Sam as they are doing to take care of Frodo. And I love it for the wisdom too, of knowing that some scars are worth everything that was paid.
Reviewed by: Inkling ✧ Score: 3
Pippins pickled-egg breath makes a rather, ah, memorable opening for this wise little story. Budgie adeptly mixes humor and angst, book- and movie-verse to remind us that while the hobbits have been marked by their experiences, those marks are as much a reminder of their survival and triumph as of what they have lost.
Reviewed by: picara ✧ Score: 2
What a wonderfully hilarious (the rules for Frodo) and wonderfully angsty story. Again, I don't remember reading any fictions that capture the hobbits' voices or personalities as well as you do here. Terrific story!
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 1
This is a lovely look at the recovering hobbits.