Returning the Favor
2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A (G-Rating)
Summary: Pippin reflects on Frodo in Minas Tirith. A short, one-shot story born from a plot bunny with a gun and a very itchy trigger finger! My first Pippin and Frodo story and the first story I've ever done in first person I perspective. Basically this is just a few moments between Pip and Frodo...just one scene. I actually thought when I started writing that it was going to be a drabble or at the very most, a double drabble. It turned out a bit longer, but is still of a length that could be considered a "ficlet". It's written from Pip's perspective and in first person I...a perspective from which I have NEVER written before. It's amazing what a fluffy bunny with a gun can make you do! It features semi-sick Frodo and Pip as it's main characters, but has a minor appearances by Aragorn and a mention of Merry. I suppose it would be rated G. There's no slash intended, but I suppose if one were so inclined, it could be read that way (just wasn't the way I saw it as I was writing it). As far as category, I suppose you could call it h/c, but very minor h with lots of c, but it would probably fit better in just a general category or maybe Fluffy Angst (is there such a category?). Enjoy!(Just under 3200 words.)
Reviewed by: dancingkatz ✧ Score: 7
This is one of the loveliest character pieces regarding Pippin and his relationship with his cousin Frodo, that I have ever read. Unlike so many stories that I have read, Pippin here is an adult, not a faunt in an adult's body. He's still under age and still gets so excited or enthusiastic that he ignores the rules of common courtesy, but what goes on in his head is definitely the thoughts and feelings of a grown-up. I'm not usually fond of stories written in first person but when the muse says that's how it needs to be done, there is little an author can do but comply and do his or her best. And your best here is absolutely superb. The characterization, the hints of how the people of Minas Tirith see the Ringbearer (and Pippin, for that matter), the descriptions of a hobbit attempting to adapt to a physical world made for people nearly twice his size all add to the texture and atmosphere of this piece. I highly recommend Returning the Favor to any fan of Pippin or Frodo. Most excellent work! Dancingkatz
Reviewed by: Mews1945 ✧ Score: 5
This story reveals a Pippin who is quite different from the little Pip who started the quest with his cousins and Sam. More mature and thoughtful, he comes to bring something beautiful to Frodo in Minas Tirith, but, finding him sleeping, he lingers to watch over Frodo and to contemplate the ways in which the quest has also changed Frodo. He recalls happier days, when they were both young, and perhaps he grieves for those days, but his deepest feeling is gratitude that Frodo remains with them. The story is full of love and tendeness and gentle regret for what might have been.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 4
I very much enjoyed seeing a newly mature Pippin caring for Frodo while he slept. Pippin's joy and his whole reason for running to see Frodo change when he arrives and sees that his dear cousin is sleeping. Pippin's thoughts are very well expressed in this and you realize that in some ways Pippin and Frodo have exchanged roles. Now it is Pippin who is the caretaker. Lovely!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A very beautiful and gentle inner monologue by Pippin, as he watches over a sleeping Frodo, post-Quest. Evocative, and very much in character.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 2
This look by Pippin at Frodo sleeping is very comforting for both us and the two Hobbits. Well written and thoughtful.