A Partnership in Villainy

Author: Llinos

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A Yuletide Story of Merry and Pippin. When the hobbits tasted chocolate in Baradur during Recaptured - it evoked a certain memory - this is it.

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Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

I resisted reading this story for a long time because of the mention of chocolate. Isn't that silly? Somehow I just can't fit my brain around "chocolate" and "Middle-earth" in the same thought--unless it's munching chocolate whilst reading or writing about Middle-earth. Still, "Recap" is on my list of favourite stories, so I suppose it was a silly prejudice, really, especially when I find the story mentions Ferdibrand! (Not necessarily "my" Ferdi, but a mention just the same! *g*) Five-year-old Pippin makes me think of other little ones I have known. I love Pearl-the-big-sister. Cute tradition, the magic dragon, which explains why there's snow and how presents come at Yuletide, a chance for wonder and excitement and incentive to "be good". I also liked the portrayal of Paladin and Saradoc as wise fathers. ...and your introduction of chocolate into the story is believable!

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

This is such a sweet story! I really love Llinos' version of Shire Yule traditions, and the loyalty and caring between the two cousins even before Merry is made to understand his responsibilities toward Pippin. Both showed very noble traits, as this author's Merry and Pippin always do, and it is no surprise that they grew up so fine as they did in her universe, while still keeping their sense of mischief and fun. I also like that chocolate is considered to be such a strange and foreign delicacy, as I agree it would be quite rare, even nonexistent in the Shire.