Of Birds and Bees

Author: Cathleen

Nominator: Cathleen

2006 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age: The Shire

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: A discussion about the "facts of life" leads to mayhem when Pippin's curiosity is not satisfied.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 8

This is a very funny story within a story – actually two very funny stories within a story. Early in the Quest, the Fellowship listen with delight as Pippin tells some tales of childhood, much to his cousins’ and Sam’s chagrin. The comradeship here was very well done, especially Boromir, who is already plainly quite fond of Pippin. In the first little tale, young Pippin has seen rather too much of some adult activity, and is annoyed when his cousin’s won’t explain what it was that he was seeing. Later, when he sees Merry weak at the knees over Sam’s visiting cousin, Pippin at last figures out a little bit of what he saw earlier, and proceeds to make Merry’s life miserable by embarrassing him at the dinner table in front of Bilbo and Gandalf. Like a lot of children his age, Pippin just can’t let it go and the lads nearly come to blows. In the second story, Pippin really gets himself into trouble! I won’t give it away here, but the object of Merry’s affections gets to see rather more of him than either would have liked, and it is all mischievous Pippin’s fault! The dialogue is fun and fast, and the situations very amusing!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

Story within a story. On the Quest, Pippin tells of a time he embarrassed Merry. It's very funny and cute.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 1

An amusing story! I enjoyed these tales within a tale.