Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2010 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Drabbles - Second Place
Story Type: Drabble ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Merry and Pippin greet a new arrival.(Written for the Tolkien_weekly "Woodland" challenge)
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 10
Branwyn breaks new ground (pun-metaphor-thingie absolutely intended) with this ficlet. I have never seen this scenario addressed before, but without giving any background, she nevertheless, through her choice of Merry and Pippin as her main characters, makes this a plausible possibility. Through them, she evokes a history that is otherwise unspoken, and trusts that her readers will catch the allusions. I love her presentation - the delay in naming the person being described is effective, creating a pleasant suspense and curiosity in the reader's mind, which is repaid by the revelation in the end. I love that Merry comments on the child's eyes being his father's eyes - such a natural, appropriate comment, yet so much more in context. And the description of the baby's burble-cry was *inspired*! Describing sounds can be such a challenge (okay, in fairness, describing *anything* can be a challenge, but still...), and she chooses to cross a couple of sounds by way of attempted description that you wouldn't ordinarily think of together. But in this instance, it works beautifully, and still manages to make you go "Awwwww!", even as you go, "Eh? Oh!" This is such a great little Fourth Age ficlet - people going on to have families and children and a future and mundane problems that aren't due to the menace of the Dark Lord. Great to see this - highly recommended!
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 6
There are SO many things I love about this drabble! Things that made me chuckle and laugh and snort and howl and then go, "Hmmm..." in an only-slightly-entish way. [The baby stared at them, frowning slightly. He looked back and forth, from the hobbits to his father] For some reason, this put me in mind of The Baby With One Eyebrow from The Simpsons; that tiny bit of suspicion started me thinking that things might not quite be what they seem. [his eyes reflecting the dappled light of the woodland.] "Well, that's pretty," I thought to myself, "though slightly odd. A dysfunctional baby elf, perhaps? How the heck..." [He winced as the baby clenched it in his fist.] "Aiyeee!" I thought to myself. "It's Temeraire! Or a Smauglet!" [The baby gave a small cry, a cross between the sound of an owl and a broken clarinet.] OMGWTFBBQ! Best descriptive line EVER! [That means hes hungry, Treebeard said] Ok, the fact that the other major character in the drabble is very mischievously left out of the character list makes this one of the most super-surprising totally-out-of-the-blue drabbles in the History of Drabbledom. Awesome!
Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8) ✧ Score: 5
As someone who is more than a little in love with Treebeard, the idea of a little entling makes me smile from ear to ear. To me it was one of those sad parts of the book that the Ents had lost the Ent wives and so their race was destined to end. Perhaps that why in addition to the adorable image of a baby ent, and the complete perfection in having Merry and Pippin sharing in the beautiful news, this drabble makes me feel hopeful. At least one ent wife has been found, the ents will continue on, imparting their wonderfully old wisdom to all who will listen.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 4
Lady Branwyn presents a charming, utterly surprising and oh so welcome scene here, in having Merry and Pippin encounter an Ent child! The fate of the Ents is such a sad aspect of the LOTR story, and one would very much like to know how this little miracle came about. As a drabble, it is very well constructed, with every detail adding to the overall picture, and with a twist at the end that is totally, totally unexpected. Very well done indeed!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
This is an adorable drabble, leaving the reader laughing with surprised delight, and wondering how the heck it came to be, and imagining all sorts of lovely things! Merry and Pippin are the perfect POV characters, and the surprise at the end is so much fun!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Now, what a lovely surprise when one reads through this drabble and learns just who the proud father is! It leaves us all wondering how father and mother came together after all this time! And the description of the baby's cry is absolutely perfect! Ah the wonder of it! A drabble to be treasured, and particularly for the delightful twist to it! Perfect!
Reviewed by: Tanaqui ✧ Score: 3
I love the surprising twist in this drabble revealed in the last line when we learn the identity of the father mentioned in the first line. The misdirection is masterful, though all the clues are there in the earlier lines once you know. Very nicely done, Branwyn bravo!
Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice ✧ Score: 2
This story is crying out for a picture and a backstory. Where did he find the Entwife? And where have they been all this time?
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 2
*snerks* Classic misdirect, and good bit of humor - I didn't see this coming and had a good laugh.