A Different Kind of Quest

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: grey_wonderer

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Hobbits - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: G

Summary: Merry and Pippin find gifts for their families while in Minas Tirith.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 6

I really enjoy this story and have reread it often. The descriptions of the streets and shops are well written, and I like that Legolas and Gimli care enough about Merry and Pippin to suggest this distraction. I absolutely love the gifts, and most especially Merry’s gift for his father and the story behind it. Gimli’s reverse haggling is wonderful, and so is Legolas the jewellry designer. I loved the soft toys that are supposed to be halflings and the Tookish sheep! It is great that these gifts have found their way into other stories by this author – it is a wonderful way of making her universe a familiar and comfortable place for her readers. One of my favourites!

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 5

This is such a sweet story and it is filled with lovely descriptions. The author takes a shopping trip in Minas Tirith and allows it to show us more about the personalities and tastes of the hobbits as each of them selects gifts to take home to the Shire for family members. Each gift is described and is well suited to the hobbit that selects it. The other members of the fellowship are also very well written. This is great reading and entertaining writing! This author never fails to surprise me with her imagination and insight.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 5

This is just such a lovely story. I love the way Merry and Pippin coax Sam and Frodo into taking a stipend - for the benefit of the other. The way the shopkeepers have to be badgered by an indignant Gimli into taking the value of their goods - and Legolas taking up a second career as a jewellery designer are great touches. And the observation that the soft-toy maker was too humble to realise that she should refuse their money is so true to life. This is a smile-on-the-face-all-the-way-through read.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Highest possible praise: I hate shopping, but I quite enjoyed this story. The bit about the stuffed toys was certainly a nice touch, as was Gimli's having to constantly haggle in reverse to get merchants to accept money from the hobbits. Priceless!