Author: Dreamflower/Lindelea CoAuthors
2008 Award Category: Genres: Adventure - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Mild violence; vague references to marital relations
Summary: On a honeymoon visit to Gondor, Pippin is kidnapped. (This story was due to a request from Dana for a "pip-napping". Lindelea wrote the opening paragraphs, and then put the story up for grabs to be finished.)
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 9
Knowing the authors, I'm not quite sure why I was so surprised by Pippin in this story. Both Dreamflower and Lindelea are excellent hobbit writers, and if anyone could get inside Pippin's head and really make him shine, it would be those two. But even knowing this, they still managed to get the better of me here because Pippin's bravery and determination blew me away. And I loved it! I especially loved the diversion of the open window during his not-quite-escape. That made for a superb capstone for Pippin's side of the story. Moving on to the rest of the characters, I love Diamond's take on things. The immensity of Minas Tirith was driven home by her reaction to it. Merry and Estella were in fine form, quickly suspecting that something was wrong and then just as quickly initiating an investigation. As for Aragorn, I loved his distraction during the meeting, particularly when he thought of earlier activities involving Arwen and then looked to Faramir (who was equally bored) in an effort to figure out what he missed. There were wonderfully dry moments of humor peppered throughout an otherwise gripping tale, which made a perfect contrast. Wonderful writing!
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 5
Nice use of the excited and a bit overwhelmed PoV of Diamond on entering Minas Tirith and encountering the King and his Queen. You can feel how it opens her horizons and makes her re-evaluate her husband and his grand adventure. It takes her some time take in the consequences and appreciate it, but Pippin's kidnapping helps her come over her initial feeling of being excluded and neglected. I thought the development of this character arc was well-handled, emotionally and plot-wise. I liked the inventiveness of all concerned, Aragorn using the palantír, Pippin always searching for an opening to escape...
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Charming, delightful story in which newlywed Pippin and Diamond find themselves caught in their first quarrel, only for Pippin to find himself caught by kidnappers before he can quite make up with his bride. Characterizations are well done, and the villains stupid enough one feels merely sorry and annoyed rather than thoroughly angry with them. The humor is well done, and the heroics of our Hobbits wonderfully dashing. It was a pleasure to read it again.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
I've seen the plot of hobbits kidnapped in post-RingWar Minas Tirith written more than once before, but it is always intriguing to see how it is played out. And in this story, it is played out very well. I really like how Pippin is characterised here, resourceful enough to turn the tables on his kidnappers and, in a tribute to his goodness of heart, actually pity them.
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 4
This is great action story: with just the right amount of romance thrown in. Pippin and Diamond are such a sweet couple. There are so many great things in this story. It's a love story, an adventure, a comedy all rolled into one. The two pumbling bad guys reminded me a bit of the crooks in "Home Alone". And Pippin gets to show his resourcefullness again. Yay! This was a truly exciting read. I'm glad Dana wanted a Pip-napping story.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 4
I simply love this story. This one contains a great deal of action and a great deal of suspense, two entertaining elements that I believe make for a very engaging fiction. This is a very entertaining story by two very talented writers and in my opinion this one is a must read! The two authors collaborate beautifully on this story and it reads as if only one person wrote it because it all fits together so very well. I have read this one more than once and enjoyed it every time.
Reviewed by: Cathleen ✧ Score: 3
I know this story was written for Dana because she wanted a story where Pippin is "Pip-napped" and the partnering of these two wonderful writers is an awesome combination! This story has a little of everything to offer - comedy, a little drama, a sweet portrayal of Diamond Took and Pippin as newlyweds, and still more! Bravo ladies!
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 3
you know i'm not enjoying it as much the fifth time through, a little to much crime drama to keep re-hashing so often. but both of you are so good at writing i know that there will be more soon. good luck.
Reviewed by: Claudia ✧ Score: 3
I really enjoyed reading this story. The premise makes perfect sense. Of course Aragorn as king would have some potential enemies, as well as people who think they can make some money off of the new king through the king's very good friends. Of course Pippin proves himself to be quite resourceful. I love kidnapping stories so this was a really enjoyable read!
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
Another delightful MEFA discovery! I loved this delightful story in which Pippin is kidnapped but shows his usual Hobbit resourcefulness. I especially enjoyed Merry and Pippin's obvious deep bond with Aragorn and the keen insights into relationships between the sexes.