Five Turnings of the Year

Author: Dana

Nominator: Lindelea

2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A (Merry/Pippin is implied in one part of the story, but that is *only* implication.)

Summary: Five different Yules, before the Quest and after.

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

I will have to confess to more than just a little bias for this lovely set of vignettes. Not only did I beta them, but Dana was kind enough to include some little inside touches which were meant just for me (such as the names of songs and dances), which always make me grin. But these ficlets are marvelous. Five different Yules: the year before the Quest, the year of the Quest, and the three following the Quest--including at the last, the Yule after Frodo has sailed. Each is in Pippin's point-of-view, and his personality just shines--you see not only his good cheer and optimism and determination, even in difficult circumstances, but also the depth of his heart--in his kindness for others and his love for Frodo. As always, Dana's prose is tight and evocative--she has a knack for getting deeply inside not just the head of the characters, but their hearts as well. What I love most of all is seeing this exploration of the friendships of our Travellers in all their nuances and permutations: Pippin and Sam, the hobbits and Boromir, Pippin and Merry, Pippin and Frodo--and most of all how Frodo's absence affects those remaining. I have to say that the last one made me tear up along with the hobbits--yet it made me smile as well!

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 5

Five very poignant vignettes about the Yules before, during and after the Ring War. Merry and Pippin and their concern for their cousin Frodo are the common thread between them all, and how following their cousin on his quest changed them. For the most part the cast consists of hobbits doing what hobbits do best-eating, drinking and celebrating, but members of the Fellowship also make an appearance in one of the parts. I particularly like Dana's Boromir. Though the individual stories are brief, they nonetheless convey the author's message that throughout life's changes, friends are what help you through.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: 5

Oh, Dana. I don't know how you do it... make me laugh, and cry, and laugh again, all in the space of a few moments' reading. Your characters are so real, they nearly jump off the page. Five different Yules, before, during, and after the Quest, and not necessarily in that order. A different cast of characters in each, with a common factor of Pippin (and Merry. Of course.). Deft touch with conversation, just enough description to bring the scene to life in the mind. Wonderful character sketches and drawing of relationships. As usual, a beautiful job of writing, and fine reading any time of year.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Five Yules in a row are described from Pippin's point of view, from the one before Frodo learns the nature of the Ring, when all of the conspirators are more convinced that Frodo will merely slip away to find Bilbo again and see a bit of the wide world outside the Shire, to the one just after Frodo has left both the Shire and Middle Earth. I love how in each one Pippin appears to be watching out of the corner of his eye to see to it Frodo's enjoying himself, too. The caring he feels is so well expressed.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 2

isn;t it strange how hard we will work to keep a holiday the same way we have for years untold?