Best Three Falls, No Gouging
2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Implied m/m or m/m/f relations.
Summary: Faramir interrupts a bit of a brawl.
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 5
*gigglesnorts beer all over keyboard* Ok, apart from the outrageous humor of the whole situation (Poor Faramir! Bet that was a shock), and apart from the nearly-side-splitting dialogue between Merry and Pippin (compared very accurately by one reader to professional sports play-by-play) the delightful descriptions and sly wit here are intoxicatingly glee-inducing: [Three sparrows, a flustered lark and a half dozen finches bolted suddenly from a tattered border of seeding coneflowers and took refuge on a nearby roof. "Got a wooden splint and about twenty-seven layers o' linen wrapped around that arm. It's like an Orc club, that is." ...in a move worthy of an especially ruthless eel, Lady Éowyn exploited a momentary opening in her brother's defences.] And the reason for this vivid demonstration of sibling rivalry? ["Just pick a preference," Pippin suggested helpfully. "Male or female?" "I beg your pardon," Faramir spluttered. "My preferences are none of your business! And stop winking at me, you nosey little blighters!"] *still chortling* Oh, I've never even imagined sedate Faramir is such a situation, but I'm wicked enough to easily picture how smugly pleased with himself he'll be, once he gets to think over the whole situation at his leisure. Ha! Great job!
Reviewed by: stefaniab ✧ Score: 5
Purely fluff and a total howl. At the tail end of my hefty quota of MEFA awards, it's so nice to read a story that is nonsensical, whimsical, and simply a lot of fun. Brigantine has Merry and Pippin provide commentary to a totally implausible brother/sister combat between Eomer and Eowyn, the latter with her arm still in a sling. Matters get even more ridiculous as Faramir stolidly enters, wondering if he should try to end the battle. The dialog, particularly the banter between Merry and Pippin, is what drives this story. It gets devilishly racey, but never in bad taste, as adding Faramir to the mix really increases the riotous hobbit commentary.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
LOL! The running commentary of Merry and Pippin is hilarious. Even removed from the actual action I can follow the fight through this dialogue. And then enters Faramir to give Merry and Pippin a new victim, eh target, for their comments. It seems at the end they too are about to enter a fight.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Okay, okay--this is hilarious. And to have the Brandybuck and the Took sitting there taking bets on which one will win the right to kiss the object of their affections first! Egads! As for their play by play descriptions on what's happening and the private commentary--Hehehehehehehe! Nice to get such a wonderful laugh!
Reviewed by: dkpalaska ✧ Score: 3
*snort!* The dialogue really makes this - Pippin and Merry offer the perfect lens through which to view the whole debacle, and the tone and phrasing feel very hobbity to me. It's totally outrageous, yes, but the send-up's very funny. Nice job! There are many clever lines and phrases, but I think my favorite's when Eowyn is ["regarding Faramir with a dishevelled sort of truculence"]. Lor' help me, but I can just see it.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
What happened to the "no gouging" part of the title? Not to say that Faramir isn't worth fighting for, but one would think that Eomer at least would take care to ensure that he'd be able to make good on the reward if he won. As it is... Amusing!
Reviewed by: Galadriel ✧ Score: 3
A delightfully amusing outing. The Hobbits' observations of the fight contrasted with Faramir's horror at the disagreement work to add an entertaining depth to an already giggle-worthy situation. I love the idea that Eomer and Eowyn are fighting over courting Faramir. Very funny and sweet.
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 2
snogging???? please lets be tasteful we plan on a primly proper three way converse with hand and body involvement.