2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Vignette
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: After the breaking of the fellowship, the hobbits worry about each other's fate. Four vignettes about missing loved ones, and being missed.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 6
The idea/legend of the Tookish Faery blood is one I always like reading about, and your take on this was beautiful. I liked how Merry sees it clearly in Pippin and Frodo, and also sees the differences in how it manifests itself in each of them, but doesn't see - as Sam does - that he has a touch of it himself. Adding knowledge and practice of ["The Old Ways"] to the usually mundane world of the Hobbits was very intriguing combined with this idea of Faery blood. I love the idea of the Widow Rumble as a some sort of Wise Woman. This otherworldy thread - together with well-chosen descriptions of the environment - gave the story an atmospheric, slightly eerie feel. Insightful and precise characterisations for all the Hobbits. The fact that these portrayals are shown as thoughts of the Hobbits about each other makes it an even more intrinsic part of the narrative, as opposed to "mere" exposition.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
These four vignettes--Merry and Pippin worried for what has occurred with Frodo and Sam, Marigold and Rosie seeking to scry for where Sam might be, Esmeralda demanding of her brother that Paladin tell her what might have happened to their sons, and Sam watching over Frodo as the Ring takes Its toll of him as they struggle along the road into and through Mordor--are heartbreaking. Based on movie-verse, they yet show the characters from book-verse. Excellent images, and well communicated mood.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
This is filled with beautiful characterizations. Even though the events as described are movie-verse, the characters are solidly book-verse, with all the depth and subtlety that implies. I especially love the description of Pippin as being so intuitive and wise, in spite of his reputation for foolishness--that's how I've always thought of him myself. And I love that we see that all are not only "missing" but "missed". A wonderful double use of the title.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 3
All four of these vignettes are excellent! Skilfully blending book, fanon and film-verse the author has constructed wonderfully compelling personalities for all of her hobbits. I loved the fanon references to the Took Sight and the obvious love between every character. I have read this tale several times and will read it many more times!
Reviewed by: Cathleen ✧ Score: 2
This wonderful series of vignettes has a little something for everyone. An extremely well done tale, mixing together some of the best of each character.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 2
This series of scenes is marvelous. I love the idea of the Tooks having a bit of Sight, even though poor Paladin might wish otherwise, considering what he sees.