Stealth and Grace

Author: Anastasia

Nominator: Marigold

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Pippin wants to dance at Aragorn's wedding; Merry and Legolas come to his aid.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 8

In this cheerful tale Pippin is determined to learn the sort of dancing that is done by the Big Folk so that he can dance with Arwen at her wedding to Aragorn. Merry enlists Legolas to help Pippin, and Legolas in turn enlists Merry to partner Pippin at his lessons. This results in some wonderful banter between the two, and even Legolas joins in, bestowing upon them the names Stealth and Grace. I particularly liked Merry’s teasing later on in the story, when he pretends that he intends to be Pippin’s dancing partner on the big night, the “lass” half of the twosome. He is quite convincing! I liked Pippin’s eagerness to honour Aragorn and Arwen here, and also to show the grand people of Gondor that a hobbit could learn their kind of dancing, and could adapt to their culture if need be, but without forsaking his own. Merry’s determination to remain simply a hobbit, and stick to his people’s own ways was very in character I thought, as was his change of heart when he agreed to help Pippin.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

This was quite funny. Legolas seemed a bit too well educated on Gondorian dancing for a Sylvan elf, but that's just my opinion. And a minor niggle at that. The interaction between Merry and Pippin was priceless, especially at the beginning. And it made perfect sense that Pippin, the knight of Gondor, would want to learn his host-nation's dances. This was quite an enjoyable gapfiller.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Elven trickery, indeed! I'd also call it that, no matter what Legolas claims. Merry's certainly right, but kudos to him for giving in and helping anyway. I can see dancing as being something that would interesting a hobbit like Pippin, and I can see him wanting to do it both for himself and to gain the respect of others. Fun story that made me smile a lot!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 1

Boy do I ever recognize this dance scenario! A cute story; it made me laugh.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 1

This is such an enjoyable story!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

A very sweet and cute story, as Pippin tries to learn how to dance in the Gondorian fashion.