Caught Between a Hammer and an Anvil

Author: BookHobbit

Nominator: Marigold

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): War of the Ring - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: PG for violence

Summary: The fighting and escape from the Mines of Moria, told from Pippin's perspective. An expansion of the film scenes.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 9

It was really exciting to see this scene from the film through the eyes two of the characters. It is one thing to watch the scene, it is another to read the thoughts and motivations of the characters and see into their heads. First we have Merry’s pov, as he and Pippin watch each other’s backs as they fight, and then the author switches to Pippin’s. Pippin’s thoughts as he battles the troll are just about my favourite part of this story. As he fights with Merry to avenge Frodo, the litany playing over and over in his mind mind, Frodo dead spear troll Frodo dead spear troll, is just what I would expect from someone of his youth and inexperience who has been placed in such a horrific, mind-numbing situation. Then he loses Merry as well, and the litany changes to Frodo dead spear troll Merry dead floor troll over and over in desperation, as if his repeating the horrible events in this way will somehow keep him from losing his control. And he bravely goes on to avenge both of his cousins despite his numb grief, with the help of Legolas. That he felt that there was no point in rising from where he had fallen because he had lost Merry and Frodo was just perfect. Very exciting story!

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 5

In Pippin's eyes, the battle in Moria is confusing and catastrophic, but this story makes a compelling sense of the terror through vivid descriptions and a strong sense of Pippin as a character. I particularly liked the words running through Pippin's head when he thought Frodo and Merry were dead. And this "Pippin threw a glance behind him and nearly tripped in shock - orcs were running toward them, and others of their kind were pouring from the roof as if they were in a corrupt hourglass."

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very vivid bit of movie-verse: the battle in Moria, from Pippin's POV--what was he thinking, as for the first time, he so desperately battled for his life and the lives of his friends?