2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: The Lord of the Rings
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: bit of naughty humor
Summary: Merry and Pippin reunited in Ithilien after the Black Gate. Short story, mild humor, very light angst.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Very touching, very sweet, and blessed with a mercifully light sense of humor. I suspect Citrine is right; Tolkien probably is rolling in his grave over Pippin's comments. But my apologies go out to the good professor because I found it downright hilarious. And very much in keeping with Pippin's cheek. Wonderful story.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
Full of imagery and the little touches that make the reader feel the "thereness" of the piece. From the very first paragraph, with the ropes of the canvas shelter creaking like the ship that had carried Merry to Ithilien, you hooked me. Ah, those little details, like Merry shaking his burnt fingers! And the description of the simple soldier's meal (though Pippin's portion was mostly broth). And Merry undressing for bed. And Pippin's record-book bony knees and cold feet. You said you took some inspiration from "LifeWatch", but what you have done is added layer upon layer of rich detail to a basic sketch. The cousin's scrutiny of each other was touching, both noticing signs of wear and tear, both pretending to sleep so that the other might rest. Just as I'm frowning with concern, you poke me in the ribs with an elbow with something like: "Merry," Pippin said patiently. "I've had an entire troll fall on me! I shan't fall apart now if you happen to poke me with an elbow." The little bit of risque humour is soldierly, somehow. I can imagine they'd've been exposed to such, living with armies as they were. (Well, maybe. Tolkien did say in his Letters that anything but monogamy--and I do think he meant male plus female equals completeness--was under Shadow. It's why I write the way I do, in my efforts to stay within canon. But I don't mean to start a debate on sexuality in M-e. Now look what you've done! *g*) Well, here's the review I promised you, all those months ago when you left me so tongue tied I couldn't comment on this story to save my life. Better late than never.
Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton ✧ Score: N/A
There are some wonderful moments between the cousins here! Each character is well written, and the dialogue and thoughts for each is spot on.