Nothing But A Nuisance
2011 Award Category: Character Study: General
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Pippin, while being held captive by the Uruk-hai, thinks back on all the times he turned out to be "nothing but a nuisance."
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 5
I have often thought of what the musings of poor Pippin might have been like - by the time that he and Merry were in the hands of the Orcs. We cannot see the 'big picture' of life. Nor could Pippin. What seems to the dear Hobbit as traps he has been the bait for, in reality are the windows used to 'save' the world. The musings are all ones that I would have expected, and one or two that I had not thought of. That the youngest member of the Fellowship should be so burdened is sad. But so are the deaths of Gandalf and Boromir. Life happens. I love the ending. Sounds typical Pippin.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 4
For such a brief tale, this story makes the reader feel a great deal of sympathy. Written from Pippin's POV, the "fool of a Took" does feel like a great hindrance indeed. While a prisoner of the Uruk-hai, Pippin wretchedly believes he is responsible for all the harm that has befallen the Fellowship. He is mistaken, but his view is understandable, and reading this makes the reader like the youngest hobbit all the more. Inspired and well written.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A good piece of introspection from the mind of the occasionally foolish and often endangered Peregrin Took. At the time he is reliving some of his biggest gaffes since leaving the Shire, the poor lad is at an all-time low; and this mind-set makes a lot of sense. Written in fervent young hobbit character.
Reviewed by: cairistiona ✧ Score: 3
Poor, poor Pippin! He must really have struggled with guilt in those lonely hours held captive by the Uruk-hai. This is a very sensitive telling of what his thoughts might have been... thank heavens for the chances to show his worth that came later!
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 2
An enlightening look at a self-depreciating Hobbit, told in first person stream-of-consciousness.
Reviewed by: Sevilodorf ✧ Score: 2
Poor Pippin. But without his actions things would have turned out differently and who is to say an alternatuve would be any better.