Author: Lindelea

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Lord of the Rings

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Cormallen story from Merry's viewpoint. Companion to poem "Too Young."

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

The tone setter for this fic happened in the second chapter when Gimli greets Merry and eventually hastens to reassure him that his cousins will be perfectly fine. Merry's pause and then his quiet response of "You'll be wanting more practice if you're going to tell a convincing lie" locked me in for the rest of the fic. That one line shows a level of maturity and perception in Merry that not a lot of fics really emphasize. This trend continues throughout the fic, and I like the idea that Merry is still shadowed from his bout with the Witch-king. It's opened up some interesting doors in Merry's personality, and Lindelea explores them well.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Very enjoyable. Merry's and Pippin's voices felt very natural throughout, and I loved the humor and vivacity they infused into an otherwise rather dire situation. Naturally, I was also thrilled to see Beregond get some time in the spotlight, and Targon as well, and despite knowing Beregond's ultimate fate, I couldn't help but feel a certain dread for him. I liked very much the fact that the telling of stories had such a prominent place in this particular fic: from Merry's reliving of the early misadventures of Pippin and Merry even as he succumbs to exhaustion, to the actual telling of stories to the sick and possibly dying, to the rumors about Beregond, to the young healers overhearing tales and reading tales from the hands of their patients-everything moves on the power of words, and given that Cormallen was where the Ringbearer's tale was first sung, that seems highly appropriate. Nice congruency, there.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

I am a sucker for Cormallen stories and this is no exception. I love all the healing and Merry and Pippin interaction in this story.