Big Enough to be Thain

Author: Llinos

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: According to Tolkien's records, Paladin Took was a farmer when Pippin was born, and did not become Thain until after Ferumbras III died, and Pippin was 25. This shows a different possibility.

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Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

I read this story early on in my introduction to fanfiction, and sadly didn't get time to re-read it before voting closed. (Busy time, stressful time, and then illness and injury struck various members of our family...) However, I have fond memories of this story. Paladin is believable: How important it was to "get" an heir in olden times! (We were just talking about Ann Boleyn and Henry VIII this morning, as a matter of fact, and discussing how his desperation to have a son influenced history.) You can see here the very beginning of Merry-and-Pippin, and a lovely beginning it is, too.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

Most authors seem to just take for granted that Pippin's father was Thain when he was a child, or that he didn't become Thain until Pippin was 25. The ones that have him Thain when Pippin was a child seldom have a reason for him to already hold the office, and Llinos has come up with a very interesting explanation. I like the reasoning behind Paladin becoming Thain, and Paladin's reasoning for sending his own heir to school. I feel very sorry for Pippin here, as he faces something that many children who are small face. Pearl is very well written as the wise older sister, as she is really old enough to act very maternally toward Pippin. I really like that she arranges for Merry, in the role of older brother, to come and help Pippin learn to defend himself, and also to make sure that Pippin learn and understand the importance of fair play. While that is hardly a principle reserved for the aristocracy, here it makes me understand the noble natures and upper class upbringing of these two youngsters. I also like that it was Frodo, and also Sam, who had taught Merry to defend himself. The scenes of Pippin and Merry sparring are lovely, and I like the final fight very much, especially as Paladin was watching and is so very proud of Pippin. Pippin has learned well, and acquits himself honourably. Llinos' little Pippin and young Merry are just joys to read about, very much realistically acting young lads.