A Question of Trolls

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: grey_wonderer

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: Post-Ring War - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Pippin has a pressing question for Bilbo after the Quest.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 6

What an incredibly question to answer by Bilbo. Dreamflower, I loved the way how you wrote this special moment between Pippin and Bilbo. To me it feels like if two weary souls find each other after an eventful period and Bilbo gives Pippin the best advise possible. I never realised how many times Pippin did encounter trolls, but your recital of it made me feel very sorry for him. Bilbo’s response was one of guilt, but the why Bilbo never told Pippin the full details was very reasonable. This is also most likely why soldiers never tell the full tale when they return from war: the details alone are too gruesome to comprehend. A well-written and tender story Dreamflower!

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 5

This was an idea that I had never considered. I love it when a story makes me think! I also love the way that this author writes Bilbo Baggins. This one made me think of how very much the quest had made the hobbits face. An entertaining tale of Trolls from Pippin's childhood as told by his cousin Bilbo simply doesn't ring true after Pippin comes face-to-face with a Troll or two on the quest. This is well written, tender, and sprinkled with humor as are all of this author's tales. A very original concept!

Reviewed by: SlightlyTookish  ✧  Score: 3

You don't see too many moments between Bilbo and Pippin, and this is an especially wonderful one! I love how Bilbo explains how he altered his stories to make them suitable for children, and how he never expected his young cousins to face anything so terrible.

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 3

what a question indeed. And while some stories tend to grow, I'm sure it's true that others much simply be changed. How unusual to think of a story being tempered in today's day and age, but I suppose I've done them same. Although I have to admit, in my wild youth, it was more often the child taming the story as they told the parent. *G*

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 1

A good explanation of the chinese whisper effect of story-telling! And one Pippin will employ himself.