Meriadoc and Peregrin, S.R. 1484

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Cathleen

2011 Award Category: Poetry: Post Ring War - Second Place

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Merry and Pippin on one more adventure.

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Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 6

Dear Dreamflower, this is a neat and sweet little poem, slightly sad yet ultimately comforting. I’ve always found it touching that Merry and Pippin (but you do right to give them their full, dignified names for the purpose of this poem) set off in their old age to return to the lands of their adventures. It speaks of the strength of the friendships they have formed, especially considering how most old people would not want to leave their homes. The repetition and inversion of home/world and ahead/behind is very effective in this context. I’ve never yet read a fanfic story about this last journey of theirs; I wonder why not, because it seems like such a rewarding topic, as this poem also shows. Well done with this charming piece.

Author response: I am glad that you enjoyed my little poem about Merry and Pippin, and their choice to leave the Shire. I've read a few stories of their decision, but none more brilliant or satisfying than the one written by Elanor, "A Secret Gate" ( ). It is still a very slow (but NOT abandoned) WIP, but it is very near to the end of the first part. I confess to being very influenced by some of her ideas about the later years of the two hobbits. I thank you for your kind words about the poem!

Reviewed by: Oshun  ✧  Score: 6

You really have to love those footnotes!! I guess they are not exactly footnotes, but you know what I refer to. These sources like the Appendices and all the other books that were not published until after Tolkien died have given us so many details to ponder upon and expand. I suppose it is all of this that makes Tolkien's world the nearly perfectly vehicle for developing fanfiction. In this case, the writer takes a little known fact and uses it to craft a poem. It is a lovely poem and poignant, calling our attention to a detail that might be overlooked or forgotten. Of course, I am a very greedy person and would love to read the novel!! Nevermind me. I am getting near the end of the reviews I meant to write and getting a little slap happy. (I so nearly missed this one. It deserves a better review, but better something than nothing. Thanks so much for sharing and providing food for thought.)

Author response: I think I write as much from the Appendices as I do from the stories! I'm glad you loved my little poem about Merry's and Pippin's retirement from the Shire. If you really do want to read a novel about it, the very best one I know is "A Secret Gate" by Elanor ( ). It's a WIP, and nearly finished, though updates are slow, it is NOT abandoned. It's beautifully written, with lush prose and bang-on characterizations of Merry and Pippin as well as of some marvelous Fourth Age OCs. And thank you SO much for not overlooking it and leaving this lovely review!

Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 5

This is a lovely piece of poetry that speaks of the last journey of Merry and Pippin. It is rather poignant as it speaks of two who no longer fit in, as those they knew and were close to are no longer present. Also, for those who have traveled and seen far distant lands, there is a sense of having been changed so that even home is changed, and one can never quite settle in again in the same way as before. Merry and Pippin will perhaps find a glimpse of past contentment in that place where they experienced adventure together. Even so, it is also a poem that ends with a hopeful note, of finding friends and taking part in a story that never quite ends. Beautiful!

Author response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it!