Moonlight on Summer Leaves

Author: SilverMoonLady

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A little piece of history, long lost and now told anew, to whisper to the hearts of the next generation.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ariel  ✧  Score: N/A

*I don't know if I can judge this because I beta'ed it, but it surely is the most tender and mature take on Pippin that I have read. I love the tenderness between father and son and the lyrical magic that Silvermoonlady brings to the introduction of Legolas. Masterful indeed.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I was stunned by this story. Literally stunned. The message, the imagery, the words, the tales, the underpinningsĀ…all beautiful and all stunning. I love how the character are brought into the story gradually, one at a time. First Paladin, then Faramir, then Pippin, then Diamond gets a cameo, and finally, Legolas. The story unfolds with slow relish, nursing the tale behind the tale until it is fully ready, and then shares it with its readers while we sit in awe and wonder how we didn't see it coming. The care and concern that Pippin shows, now tasked with the burden of looking after a father and a son, is wonderful and I love the maturity and depth he shows. And I also love his desperation and his unwillingness to let go, which is very reminiscent of a few events in LotR. The bargain he makes with his father (a tale for every year if Pippin can produce an elf) made me smile. I saw Legolas coming before he got there, but his entrance into the story was still a pleasure. The conversation between elf and dying hobbit said as much about Paladin as it did about Legolas, and though brief, it managed to portray the meeting of two very different worlds. The last lines that Pippin speaks about the silent bow and thrumming harp were an amazing capstone for the story, and I am deeply indebted to this author for such a remarkable tale. Thank you!

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

What a lovely story. "every word from those dry lips was like a tiny treasure from a hidden hoard, all the more precious for knowing that it was finite and failing fast"--oh, you made me cry, for never again will I hear stories from a hidden hoard; now I can only pass on what I remember, poor as it may be. Your prose is poetry, and I love your take on the ancient history of hobbits. And then you bring in Legolas, and his childhood memory, and shivers run up my spine. And Peregrin's elegy (don't know if that's the right word) is a perfect ending to this gem of a tale.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

A bittersweet story, and I loved that Pippin arranged for Paladin met Legolas before the end, and fulfilled his wish.