A Not-So-Simple Misunderstanding

Author: Celeritas/Dreamflower/Larner/Pearl Took CoAuthors

Nominator: Dwimordene

2010 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Family

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Young Pippin finds himself in trouble when he covets a certain item...(Written as a group story for the 2010 Back to Middle-earth Month Challenge. Co-authors were Dreamflower, Larner, Pearl Took and Celeritas.)

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 10

One of the fun things about this year's B2MEM was the way in which team-work and group-writing were not just options, but occasionally mandatory for fulfilling a challenge. Some groups really went to work on this, refusing the simpler option of a round-robin and instead writing very cohesive stories amongst themselves. I wasn't able to identify different authors for this story, which I think is a credit to their skills and teamwork. This group of authors took up a tween-aged Pippin - with all the catastrophe that can imply - and gave us a story about growing up in "polite society," whose rules are foreign not just to younger children but to those who don't live in town, as it were. Throughout, Pippin acts like an energetic young boy struggling with the world of grown-ups, and yet never does he descend into the realm of syrupy "childhood": he's honestly a child, and he has a certain insight into relational truth because of that naivety. He's not yet sophisticated, even if he is quite the clever lad. His sisters make their appearance, too, and make their relatively short time on the page count as subtle co-conspirators, seeking remission of his sentence and solution to the underlying problem. The loyalty of the Took siblings to each other is really quite lovely and satisfying. Really, a very fine piece of writing by the ladies of Team Esme. Well done!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 5

Four writers, each with a penchant for Hobbit stories, have joined forces here to give us this delightful account of an incident in young Peregrin Took’s life. Since these four authors differ rather widely in style, there was some danger that this story would not come together as a whole, but this has been deftly avoided by these experienced writers. Each chapters is distinctive and very much the author’s own, and still one feels the story is a unified whole. I liked Pearl Took’s chapter the best, but every chapter has its own charms and speaks of the wisdom and insight of all four authors.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A delightful short story about young Pippin. I had the feeling, reading it, that I was reading about an actual youngster; the characterization was that strong. And I could see in the frustrated, bored kid the older hobbit who would one day take part in the greatest adventure of his life, and learn some wisdom without completely sobering his bright spirit. Very nicely done!

Reviewed by: Cathleen  ✧  Score: 3

This tale is truly a remarkable example of how well a group of authors are able to construct a story that is so well done it is seamless, as if written by a single person. And very entertaining, to boot!