The Tea Party

Author: Angiet

Nominator: Marigold

2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Children

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In which Eglantine serves tea and averts a crisis...

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 10

This is a special story to me, as I count KnittedMerry as one of my personal friends, which is quite an honour! He is also quite fond of AngieT, and doubtless that is why he has allowed her to write about him! I must say that she has captured him perfectly, as he *is* quite Magnificent, does tend to suffer from the occasional knittedheadache, and is a wealth of good advice. I have no trouble believing it when Eglantine expects him to begin speaking to her, as he does talk to Llinos, whom he allows to live in his house, to me, and to Angie when he sees her. (I think that he is a little sweet on her!) One of the things that I like best about this story is Eglantine’s naturalness in immersing herself in her children’s imaginary worlds. She doesn’t come off as being condescending at all. She is clearly a most wonderful and special mother, and it is no wonder that Pippin is the sweet good-hearted soul that he is. She is loving and caring, and will do all in her power to make things right for her little son. I must say that this is one of my favourite portrayals of Eglantine in fanfics. I also love her little parlour, a haven for herself and her children. I know that when her children are grown they will remember special times in that room with their mum for the rest of their lives. This story is a wonderful depiction of happy family life in the Took household and I reread it often. There is nothing forced about it, it flows perfectly, the descriptions are excellent and the dialogue just right!

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 4

Sweet, cross, little Pippin! It's probably just as well he let his mum in on his plans to destroy Pervinca's tea party - and Eglantine managed a very tactful maternal response! I love the way she rearranges Merry's knitted face to make him smile. And finding Mr Badger's yellow waistcoat is an inspiration! Although, perhaps, she had better knit a couple of spares - in case of future accidents. And even knitted Merry manages to offer good advice!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

Charming, and while Pippin is in many ways the centerpiece of this story, Eglantine is the fulcrum about which everything turns, as she must be in her household. I particularly liked how seriously and straightforwardly she spoke to Pippin, never condescending and stepping effortlessly into his world where KnittedMerry is real.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

I love this sweet little story of an indignant Pippin and his understanding mother, as well as Pippin's very special little guest. It's just adorable.