2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: Snarky hobbits and the slightly-snarky language that results therein.
Summary: Pippin has a question.
Reviewed by: Inkling ✧ Score: 5
Aratlithiel is one of the best Frodo-angst writers I know, but she's no slouch at humor either, as she proves in this quirky piece. Frodo and Pippin bicker like the close kin they are, knowing exactly how to push each other's buttons. It's great fun to see the mighty Heroes of the Quest letting their hair down--or pulling it out, rather--and getting all snarky and immature. Hobbits make light of serious matters, as we know, yet there's a kind of shock (and guilty pleasure) in hearing them ridicule the other's darkest moments. It's hard to single out a favorite line, the insults are all so delicious, but I'm pretty fond of this one: ["Get your timelines straight at least."] Irreverence indeed!
Reviewed by: NeumeIndil ✧ Score: 4
After reading this I feel I may, perhaps, have missed something by having no siblings. It seems somewhat out of character with the way post-War Frodo is often written, and yet at the same time it somehow works. The insults made me laugh, which is of course very hobbit-like. This one, I think, deserves more reading and reviewing by someone with the benefit of growing up with brothers. I feel somehow that I don't "get it", which is sad because it was quite the enjoyable read.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 4
Brilliant dialogues, full of inventive snarking and sniping. The cousins constantly trying to outdo and outwit each other was hilarious, even though at the same time it was somehow unsettling to watch them make fun of and deride each other for their most gruesome adventures. Good pacing, with clear descriptions of gestures and and expressions. There were some inspired lines, but my favourite is definitely this: ["You hitched a ride up the mountain and another off of it."]
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
Every now and then, it is fun to read a characterization that goes just a bit against the usual fanon grain. We are so used to seeing "saint" Frodo, and the younger hobbits who worship him and treat him like fragile porcelain, that it's nice to see Frodo and Pippin actually acting like a couple of cousins. And snarky hobbits are canon--well, not quite so snarky as *this*, but still it's a very fun read, and in spite of the snark, there is insight and love underneath.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 4
Hobbits don't go much for emotional dramas, do they now? I can't see them producing high-flown ballads and writing wordy tragedies. Not when they can take the mickey out of each other and indulge extensively in litotes and a good amount of rough and tumble. Not that they don't value each other's achievements - it's just that there's really no need to make a song and dance about it. All that bowing-to-no-man malarkey ... it's just plain unhobbit-like. I bet Frodo and Pippin feel much better after that.
Reviewed by: Budgielover ✧ Score: 3
This quiet moment between Frodo and Pippin perfectly captures their relationship, their personalities, and their love and affection for each other. It is a heart-warming story filled with quiet humor, and makes the reader feel as if she has been given a gift, a momentary peek into a loving relationship that we all cherish.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
An oddball but quite amusing story, with Frodo and Pippin behaving in a less than saintly or even heroic but very normal fashion. Not for fans of hobbity hurt/comfort; but it makes sense.
Reviewed by: White Gull ✧ Score: 3
I've loved this ficlet since I first read it. To me, it's perfect post-quest Frodo and Pippin. The banter is witty, the sentiment is true and the result is sweet and comforting, in the long run. There's just enough angst to keep it from being too light in tone. I'd love to read more stories like this one.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Pippin only wanted to know what it was like to fly with the Eagles, and Frodo was being most unforcoming. But what the two of them knew from one another was most unexpected--if only to be expected in the end. Endurance Beyond Hope meets the Tooks in a minor skirmish! A lusty laugh.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 2
Lots of fun and I enjoyed the banter between Frodo and Pippin. Lots of stubborn Tookishness and a wonderful test of determination between the two cousins.