2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Post-Ring War
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: The wains of injured, which include three hobbits, journey from the Black Gate to Ithilien. Also features Pippin, Gimli, and Aragorn.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 7
While there are many fine points to admire, doubtless finer than this one, I must say: it is so nice to see a post-Black Gates fic in which Pippin isn't unconscious in Ithilien already! In which he actually is conscious to speak despite the injuries. Anyhow, moving on. Pippin, despite his injuries, shows his maturity here, his thoughts going to Frodo and Sam who are more badly hurt than he, rather than remaining focused on himself. I liked that bit of intimacy of Pippin brushing curls out of Frodo's eyes because he knows Frodo hates thatit's a nice, understated way of showing both affection and his concern for them. I also liked Gimli, and that exchanges between Gimli and Aragorn, as it gives a sense of how badly hurt Pippin is, that he definitely needs watching for all that he at least is conscious.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 5
This is one of those stories that make you wish you'd written it. Pippin's observations of Sam and Frodo during the long wagon ride from the Black Gate to the Field of Cormallen are sharp and bitter, but still feel very much like Pippin. What I liked best about it, though was the interplay between Aragorn and Gimli -- the medicine which Pippin took in spite of the taste, the way that Gimli has been left to guard the three hobbits, and Aragorn's concern when Pippin falls into asking the same question he'd asked before. In fact, if I were going to make a complaint at all, it's that I wish there were more!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
I liked how you had Pippin anxious to get to Cormallen here. It really fit the impetuous nature I imagine he had as a tween. And your description of Frodo was heart-breaking. Gimli was also very well-written. It seemed a bit too short, though, and the ending felt too abrupt.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A very plausible gap-filler: the journey from the Morannon to Cormallen must have been a long, slow and painful one, as the author shows.