An Ill-Considered Action
2009 Award Category: Times: Ring War: Quest of the Ring
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The Fellowship passes through Isengard and Pippin allows his curiosity to get the best of him.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
A well-done gapfiller looking at Pippin's fascination with the Palantir of Orthanc, from the moment he retrieves it from the puddled pavement of Isengard to the precipitous ride to Minas Tirith with Gandalf. It goes between Gandalf and Pippin's points of view, and gives us a remarkable feeling of intimacy with both. The final wonder as the Wizard admits Pippin's actions may have spared Middle Earth an even worse encounter had Gandalf been the one to test the stone's powers is perfectly conveyed. The POV becomes a bit harder to follow in the last few paragraphs as it bounces between Wizard and Hobbit, but this is very nicely designed for the most part. Well recommended.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
This story about Pippin's encounter with the Palantir is quite different in many ways. It alternates between the point-of-view of Gandalf and of Pippin. We see Gandalf's genuine concern for his small friend who has fallen prey to the Seeing Stone. The scenes within Pippin's mind as he wrestles with the Dark Lord are memorable and the resolution quite unexpected. Above all else, this is a story of friendship.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
I enjoyed getting a closer and more personal look at both Pippin and Gandalf in this gap-filler. The first-person perspective definitely gets you into a character's head. The retelling of Pippin taking the palantir was especially well done, and I like the stop-and-start nature of that section. It gave the action a disjointed feel that I think is perfect considering what Pippin is doing. Very well done!
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
This is a great fleshing out of the scene where Pippin finds the Palantir until he rides with Gandalf toward Minas Tirith. At first I got a bit confused by the use of first person pov for Pippin and Gandalf, but then the two voices became very distinctively different and I had no trouble at all to know who the pov character was after each change. Well done.
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 3
This is one of my favorite parts of the book, and this story fleshes it out nicely. I love the ending with Gandalf being so honest with Pippin and so understanding. Their relationship is something special.