What Goes Up
2008 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age: Gondor Drabbles
Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A simple exercise of up and down.(100 word drabble.)
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 5
Dana almost *never* writes movie-verse--her stories generally tend to be set solidly in book-canon, so this little gem is a testament to her friendship with Baranduin, as well as her fondness for Peregrin Took. I do love so much Pippin's thoughts here--the way they fly to Frodo at a time like that, and the very wry, very humourous and very touching and practical little bit of hobbit-sense at the end. When combined with the memory of the scene as it was shown in the movie, and the way it was so skillfully portrayed, the last sentence is quite delightful! I can never get enough of Dana's Pippin.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: 5
Well, first off, you know I'm not much for movie verse, but if you're the one to write it, Dana, I'll make a point of reading it. Dana introduced me to drabbles in the first place, and retains her mastery of the genre--packing the maximum impact into a carefully measured word count. Even the title is wonderfully crafted, though its impact doesn't strike until the last line of the drabble, which in itself says so much about Pippin's character, his way of thinking and doing things. Very practical hobbit, yet whimsical too. I love the melding of past, present, and future in this small snippet. Beautifully done.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 4
I loved this! It reads exactly like it could be the thoughts of Peregrin Took. It is straight forward, amusing, honest, and very hobbity! It is very hard to review a drabble without giving things away since drabbles are, by nature so short. I will just say that I found this one humorous, very entertaining, very in character, and thoroughly entertaining. Now, do read it for yourself. You don't want to miss out!
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 3
What a wonderful drabble! It's a perfect metaphor for Pippin, isn't it? Poised between his 'tweenhood, using a child's skill ["he was good at it, and it was something that Frodo had shown him first, and something he'd excelled at "] to set actions in motion that will move him inexorably toward adulthood. ["Now Pippin stands a world away from anything he's ever known, alone with the quiet of the wind and the crack of hot fire and the quiet of his thoughts, so far away from home."] The last line, of course, is the kicker, as it should be in a drabble; the bit that twists the whole story on its head. Just terrific!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
I love the juxtaposition of lofty aspirations (literally) and high questions about the direction of life and fate, and the feeling of distance, with the very simple solution. Great comic timing in just one hundred words, and even funnier when one has the image of Pippin's double-take from the film firmly in mind.
Reviewed by: Elleth ✧ Score: 3
I was unsure what to expect from this when reading the title, but it didn't fail to delight. Very fittingly hobbitish in voice, you sketch a 'cute' picture of Pippin lighting the first of the beacons of Gondor (I think) - it made me smile, thank you.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 2
Ah--some backstory for Pippin's climb to light the beacon in the movies. Very satisfying to think of who showed him the joy of climbing! Nicely and succinctly described.
Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion ✧ Score: 2
That last line gave me a great big smile! A very nice look at that scene from the movie trilogy, and an equally entertaining glimpse into Pippin's thoughts at the time.
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 1
you give pippin a great story line and then you expect him not to get side tracked? goose.