An Apple a Day Learns You Your Letters

Author: Kara's Aunty

Nominator: Kara's Aunty

2011 Award Category: Humor: Featuring Merry or Pippin

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Pippin's insatiable hunger leads to an unexpected - and very unwelcome - lesson from some of his Fellowship companions.

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Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

Pippin receives a lesson about the difference between "can" and "may." Young Peregrin might be having an off day grammatically, but he still possesses a modicum of self-restraint - were it me in his place, I would likely have succumbed to the use of violence. All griping about mind games aside, there are some real lessons for Pippin to learn here: lessons in patience, solidarity, and consideration for others. And it is nice to see our normally retiring Sam being firm with one of the gentle-hobbits, especially one who isn't Mr. Frodo.

Author response: Oh, this review tickled me. I actually laughed when you said were you Pippin, you would likely have succumbed to violence. Me, too. Sam would've been sporting a shiner, along with at least half the Fellowship. Thanks for the feedback and the giggle ;)

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 5

This story has a simple plot, but it is no less brilliantly-written for all that! In this tale, Pippin is forced to learn, by Sam with the support of Frodo and Merry, two important lessons. The first is that of grammar; the second is that the world does not revolve around him and his needs. Both are important lessons for a member of the Fellowship--and the future Thain of the Shire--to learn. Gimli offers some perspective, as well. The dwarf and each of the hobbits are written completely in-character, and the dialogue is superbly written; the author has captured each character's "voice" very well. This is delightfully well-crafted, and should not be missed!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Pippin gets his comeuppance, and a lesson in both grammar and expedience, in this well-written story. Good characterization; and a gently rolling pace with humor that is nicely handled.

Author response: Hello Raksha, thank you for your review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the fic and that you also thought well of the characterisations. Makes my day to read comments like that, really!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A delightfully amusing story in which Pippin learns a few lessons both about grammar and being patient from Sam.The young Hobbit still has a lot of growing up to do, but he has been the indulged heir of the Thane all his young life and is getting his first taste of hardship.I think Sam could teach a lot of people nowadays about grammar.