Interlude in Buckland
2009 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Buckland or Tookland - Second Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Movie-verse: What happened after the four hobbits got the ferry across the Brandywine, before they headed to Bree? (Written for the LOTR GFIC Community "Fix the Movies" challenge)
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 6
Now and then there's something within the movies that simply jangles, and this is one of those places--why Pippin made that inane remark, "It's Frodo Baggins!" in Maggot's cornfield, why Merry and Pippin were there to begin with, and how they managed to get outside the Shire to Bree, much less communicating that Merry and Pippin are indeed Frodo's kinsmen, a fact that doesn't come up in movie-verse until Frodo carefully describes who left Rivendell to a suspicious Faramir. Here Dreamflower's managed to find a way to fix the record and allow all that information to be slipped back in; and if they don't actually go through the Old Forest itself and deal with Tom Bombadil, still we see a plausible means of how they managed to evade the Black Riders! Nicely planned to bring the movies more in line with the books!
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 4
This is a great gapfiller that tries to reconcile the books with the movies. Some things from the movies are impossible to fix, but this engaging tale makes a good job of explaining some of the more strange ways the movies did with introducing Merry and Pippin to the Quest. I love the characterization of the four hobbits. I could see them from the movies in my mind and fill in some of the gaps left out in the movies with cuts between scenes.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 3
A fun movie-verse gapfiller, covers the period between the hobbits getting on the Buckleberry Ferry and the decision to make for Bree - and explains why, in the movies, they didn't head into the Old Forest.
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 3
If only they had an explanation this good in the films. I always disliked that moment in Maggot's field, and the fact they never established that Frodo, Merry and Pippin were related, and that Merry and Pippin were more than common hobbit lads into mischief. Thanks for a great idea for why things happened the way they did in the movies.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 3
This story fixes quite a few of the film-FotR's faults and manages to bend it as true to canon as possible or at least find reasonable clarifications - quite a feat! The best lines were those justifying Merry & Pippin's presence in Farmer Maggot's field, their odd willingness to just up and leave with him, and Pippin's truly ["daft"] exclamation on running into Frodo.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 2
That was a good way to fix the movies - to make it a false trail. The conversations seem very natural and very "canon." A clever idea and well executed.
Reviewed by: Antane ✧ Score: 2
You included my favorite words of Merry from that chapter which is my favorite in the first volume. Yea!