When the King Comes Back (Brandy Hall)

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Dreamflower

2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: With Merry

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: This is a companion piece to "When the King Comes Back (the Great Smials) and covers the same time period (immediately after the Scouring) but from Merry's POV. This was my second fic.

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 6

This is a companion tale to the story of the same name dealing with Pippin; and it's hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins. Very good portrayal of all the hobbits, the ones who stayed at home and the four heroes who left the Shire - all have changed, but most of all Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin. Even though the latter two were never Ring-bearers, their lives are forever altered and can never totally be re-absorbed into the peaceful mundane fabric of the Shire. The story clarifies two things that happened in the Shire after the return of its prodigal sons - the reasons behind Merry and Pippin's going to live in a hobbit bachelor pad at Crickhollow, and the ban on Men's entry to the Shire. I like that the hobbits themselves have some input into the ban on Men; that it was not just Elessar arbitrarily deciding on his own what was good for the hobbits.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 5

This is a delightful companion piece from Merry's point of view to the same period from Pippin's point of view. The stories are closely interlinked though they are not repetitive.The friendship of the 4 friends shines through and I especially liked the addition of Berilac, a cousin of Merry's and his friend, who provides an outside perspective of what Merry tells about his travels and what he observes himself. Through him the estrangement of the 4 travelers from home is emphasized and the reader gets an idea how difficult it is for the hobbits to gain an understanding of the four friends adventures.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 5

Ho hum. Saradoc is so much more sensible that Paladin in some ways. Although I suppose he has always been prepared to be Master, while Paladin spent much of his life as a farmer before being dragged to the Smials to take over the Thainship. And Saradoc has only one child, while Paladin had three daughters before obtaining his heir. It's good to see the family reconciled, though. And to have them learn more of what happened Outside - although the males are being nicely protective of female sensitivities. Love the irony of Paladin's declaration - no reconciliation until the king comes back. Well, right back at you, Paladin!!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

"When the King Comes Back"--synonymous with "never" for so long within the Shire, and yet now come to be. The Hobbits of the Shire find themselves having to accept this new reality, and the changes they see in four of their own. Seen mostly through the denizens of Brandy Hall, this is a wonderful examination of the quest after the fact.