Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Cathleen

2011 Award Category: Humor: Featuring Merry or Pippin - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Lotho Sackville-Baggins fancied himself a ladies' hobbit; Merry and Sam decide to teach him a lesson...

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 7

As they lounge in the garden of the guesthouse where they have been housed in Minas Tirith, Merry, Pippin, and Sam reminisce about various pranks they’ve played on Loathsome Lotho over the years in retaliation for this and that, including the jar of ants and plate of honey Pippin left in the room prepared for Gandalf in Bag End just before he, Sam, and Frodo left for Crickhollow. These pranks have been varied and well executed over the years, but it is Merry who feels he had the best laugh on Lotho after the nasty young S-B leered as Sam’s sister May outside the Post Office in Hobbiton. But perhaps he wasn’t as clever at keeping the prank from Frodo’s attentions as he’d thought. With a delightful visit from Aunt Dora, this is just the story to read when you want to admire Brandybuck ingenuity and planning and see Lotho get the comeuppance he so definitely deserves!

Author response: First review I've had on this one! It was so much fun to imagine how Sam and Merry might have put one over on Lotho! And of course, both Frodo and Aunt Dora know Merry pretty well. That they let the episode slide without saying anything also goes to show that they suspected Lotho had deserved it. Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 5

Dear Dreamflower, this is a fine story indeed. Favourite LOTR villain Lotho Pimple is accused here, for once, not of greed and dodgy business deals, but of mild sexual harassment. The revenge Merry thinks up is very suitable and the final twists is great. I had expected Merry to dress up and meet Lotho and then laugh at him, but involving Aunt Dora was so much better! I can imagine that such reminiscences would have been fondly evoked during the time after the Ring War. Merry, of course, was naïve to think for a moment that Frodo wouldn’t see through it all. Thanks for giving me a smile.

Author response: Thank you, Virtuella! My favorite part of the review is to know it made you smile! I like to make my readers smile.

Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 5

Clever hobbitses, to be so sly! And trust crafty old Merry to hoodwink the mighty Aunt Dora into inadvertently playing a part in the ruse. Oh, what I wouldn't give to have seen the look on Pimple's face (and Aunt Dora's). Mind you, I'd give even more to have been able to take a swipe at Lotho for using his social status to 'help himself' and take advantage of innocents ('Mit Gewalt geht alles' - or maybe not. But it would make me feel better, however temporarily ...) *Shakes all feelings of violence toward Lotho from thoughts* A delightfully engaging and hearty little gem, beautifully written, and much appreciated. Well done, Dreamflower!

Author response: Thanks sweetie! I always enjoy either reading or writing about Lotho getting his come-uppance! And it was especially fun to allow Merry and Sam the chance to put one over on him, seeing as Pippin had already had a turn!