Serious Business (or, Talk About Dreams)

Author: Dana

Nominator: Cathleen

2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Friendship

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: Some talk of minor violence.

Summary: It's 1420 in the Shire-reckoning, and Frodo and Pippin have a much needed talk.

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Reviewed by: Cathleen  ✧  Score: 6

This is a wonderful tale defining the relationship between Pippin and Frodo. The remnants of the Quest will stay with all the Fellowship for the rest of their lives and affect each one of them in a unique way. Pippin is the youngest and that adds a bit more vulnerability to his situation, but he clearly demonstrates the ability to bear his burden of memories as well as the rest. He displays an unselfish wish to protect his beloved cousin from knowing the full extent of what he suffered after he and Merry were captured by the orcs. This tale explores the very close and endearing relationship of these two cousins. Frodo also wants to protect Pippin. The love and sharing of the hobbit culture as a whole shines through in this story!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 6

I absolutely, unequivocally adore this story. It happens to deal with one of my very favorite things: post-Quest Frodo, putting aside his own pain and grief to come to the comfort of one of his younger cousins. In this case, Pippin, who awakens in the throes of a nightmare while visiting Frodo in Bag End. Frodo throws off his own haunting nightmare to offer help to his beleaguered young cousin. In the way of hobbits, they turn to tea and food and drink, and Pippin begins to talk--about the dreams at first, but then telling Frodo more about his own part in the Quest, and Merry's. And Frodo's reactions and interactions are just painfully beautiful and loving. The atmosphere is just as it should be for such a serious late night talk, and in the end we see once more how tightly the bonds of love between these cousins are woven.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 4

Frodo learning about the deeds of his cousins is one of my favourite types of stories. This is no exception and it is beautifully told. There are so many bits here that stir my imagination, especially Pippin’s revelation that he often thinks in great detail about what would have occurred if they had been taken to Isengard, and that Merry had been so weary and distracted when Pippin awoke at Cormallen that he didn’t realise at first that he was taking to Pippin. And his words about what Merry went through were so poignant.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 2

That these three cousins love each other very much is so clear in this story, even though Merry is not present. Very thoughtfully written.