Pippin's Little Experiment

Author: Budgielover

Nominator: PipMer

2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: With Pippin - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Just arrived at The Prancing Pony in Bree, the hobbits are relaxing after dinner when Frodo makes an unpleasant discovery and Pippin tries to help, but gets side-tracked by his curiosity about Men.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 5

Budgielover's portrayal of Pippin is always entertaining and this story is no exception. In this tale, set before the difficulties of the Quest and the knowledge of its grimness that forces him to mature to an extent, he is naively curious, filled with a sense of fun and daring, and innocently capable of seeing everything new with an open-eyed wonder that makes him very easy to love. The other hobbits are also enjoyably written here, especially Merry - he is appropriately put out, frightened, amused and affectionately resigned to Pippin's behaviour by turns. A funny, off-the-wall (or should I say "off the bed", lol) plot! I miss Budgie's stories and hope that she will soon have more time again to write.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 5

That takes not drawing attention to yourself to a whole new level of 'not'. I don't think any of the occupants of the Pony - or come to that, those hanging about in the street outside ... or quietly resting with their laces loosened in what were supposed to be private rooms - will be able to forget the vision of a young Pippin hanging out of the window and the passage of four hobbits. Fortunately, Black Riders, unlike Rangers, are not good at sneaking around spying on people, preferring the riding-them-down approach to getting information. But I'm quite surprised Pippin didn't find himself on a cart home after this demonstration of his talent for trouble.

Reviewed by: PipMer  ✧  Score: 4

This little story is so funny it made me laugh out loud several times. Humor mixed in with a bit of danger ... that describes this story very well. Pippin, being Pippin, gets into a bit of mischief that he can't quite get himself out of. The portrayal of Pippin's personality is spot-on, as are all the other hobbits, especially Frodo. I thoroughly enjoyed this little story!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Visiting an inn for Men as well as Hobbits, perhaps Pippin could be forgiven for his desire to see just how springy a bed for Men might be--until he managed to bounce out the window and avoid a great fall only at the expense of embarrassment and a few splinters. And after that Frodo still wanted his other tobacco pouch! Marvelous fun. (And beware tobacco bargains offered by the S-Bs.)

Reviewed by: Cathleen  ✧  Score: 4

One of my favorite Budgie stories! Your characterizations of all four hobbits is certainly perfect, and what a marvelous stunt for Pippin that you came up with. It seems only Pip could turn jumping on a bed for a bit of fun into such a dangerous stunt. Such a wonderful little aside in the midst of all that danger. And I can just see Frodo asking for his pipeweed at the end, despite everything that had happened! Extremely entertaining tale!

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil  ✧  Score: 3

I laughed quite long and hard about this one. A friend of mine years ago nearly did a very similar thing. It seems delightfully Tookish, and he deserved every bit of ribbing he got! A very nice means of slipping some humor into an otherwise rather dark bit of canon. Well done.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Pippin manages to turn even the ordinary into a dangerous adventure by indulging tween-aged curiosity in The Prancing Pony in Bree. Understated and well-written; with excellent characterisation of Frodo and Pippin. Makes me wonder why they didn't put Pippin on a leash for most of the journey from the Shire to Amon Hen, though, LOL.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took  ✧  Score: 3

This story made me think of that rhyme about the five monkeys jumping on the bed. Pippin learns that that activity can be dangerous, and Merry, Sam and Frodo have to bail him out once again. Very amusing stuff.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 2

This story always makes me smile. I have read and re-read this one and I never tire of it. Absolutely wonderful and I enjoy Frodo's reactions in this one very much!

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 2

This seems exactly what Pippin would do. Merry's exasperation and then fear were written very well and I thought that the characterisations were good. This story was fun to read.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 2

Budgie gets the hobbits into some very interesting situations and this story is no exception. I could just see Merry's initial reaction and subsequent panic. A fun read!