Then and Now
2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Drabble - Third Place
Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A group of themed drabbles, the first drabble in each set takes place in Pippin's childhood, the second in the set is about a similar theme to the first, but takes place during the Quest.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
First set: I laughed at the juxtaposition. My tweenager almost never seems to stop eating... and she was a very fussy eater as a little one. Perhaps she's related to Pippin? It sheds a new light on the hardships of the Quest, into the bargain. Second set: What can I say? Stunning! I like how Merry's determination not to lose his beloved younger cousin saves Pippin... twice. Third set: You took me by surprise. I thought that the second drabble would be about Merry encouraging Pippin to learn to walk all over again as he recovered from his injuries sustained at the Black Gate. Fourth set: Children's innocent queries can be so shattering, casually spoken as if of only passing interest. Merry's remembrance, and sorrowing fulfillment of the promise, is very poignant.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
This series was a nice switch between Pippin's childhood and his adulthood. It shows well his friendship with Merry and the caring they have for each other.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: N/A
These are sweet! Pippin is generally seen as a sickly child and these make full use of that piece of fanon. The clever twist is the take on how this is reversed in later life in a bizarre way because of the Quest. Each drabble deals with something earlier in Merry and Pippin's lives that relates to a memorable moment during the war - the orc whips, Merry being sick and then Merry watching over Pippin's recovery.