2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Aragorn and Éomer consider how to reward their hobbits.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 10
This is such a satisfying story, and I love re-reading it. While gifts to Merry and Pippin, and to a lesser extent Frodo and Sam, are a big part of the story, it is to me a wonderful tale of the Fellowship and their great friendship, so I think this wound up in the perfect category! I enjoy the bit of hurt/comfort and healing in the story too. I love the way that the hobbits are looked after here, by all of the Fellowship, and by Eomer, and how all of them are honoured by everyone. That the Fellowship is jealous of their hobbits and Eomer has only been allowed to sit and watch over them a couple of times is such a great image! I also like the way that Merry looks after his fellow hobbits - of course! His reunions with both Pippin and Frodo as they awaken are both lovely. I like how the Kings seek to honour *their* hobbits, particularly how tricksey they are over the stipend. I know from some of Dreamflowers other stories how Merry and Pippin react to getting their gifts each year and it is nice to see this first time! The descriptions of Faramir and Eowyn collecting the items from the list is really nice, and I love that Faramir is a bit jealous that Eowyn is so fond of Merry! That probably doesn't have anything to do with that extra pouch of coin he gifted to Pippin though, lol! The knighting ceremonies are really good, and I appreciate the research that went into choosing the words for Merrys. It is nice when a writer makes that extra effort. All of the plot points and the places where bits of the book have been incorporated into the story have been nicely worked out. The characterisations of everyone are just lovely, even the characters that the author does not write that often, like Eomer. She has really captured all of their voices, and has created several OCs that are very likable and fit into her wonderful universe perfectly.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 5
This story reminds me of why I love gapfillers so much. It reminds me of the first time I read Lord of the Rings (not that long ago!) when everything was new. Gapfillers like this one hypothesise a series of events that connect the dots where Tolkien left narrative space. There are lots of moments in here that I liked, but I think I particularly liked Legolas's and Gimli's gifts to the hobbits, and the scene between Faramir and Eowyn back in Minas Tirith. This was av ery enjoyable read.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 5
A nicely told story about how Pippin and Merry became Knights of the City and of the Mark. Not only did they deserve the honour it was a clever way for the kings to give them a monetary reward for their deeds in the guise of their stipend, when they had refused any gifts of that nature. The moment between Aragorn and Pippin, when Pippin is recalling giving the same pledge to Denethor, was particularly well done. The knighting ceremony for Rohan was well researched and the whole tale was enjoyable.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
I hadn't given much thought to how Pippin and Merry were knighted. Or to what preparation was arranged for the song sung later. But this story takes care of my shortcomings nicely, including not only the activities in Ithilien but also those back in Minas Tirith. I love the level of detail that was achieved and how these "kingly gifts" ended up involving everyone and everything.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 4
I do love Cormallen fics. This one gives us much about the preparations which Aragorn and Eomer made as the days passed and fills in many gaps. I particularly like it that Dreamflower has explained, in logical ways, things like the speed at which Pippin heals and the way that Sam awakens in a grove of trees, rather than under cover. I also like some of the small pieces we see about the other members of the Fellowship, Faramir and Eowyn.
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 4
Such a heartbreakingly beautiful story of grief and hope. Merry needing to be beside Pippin just seems so right. Dreamflower always paints such lovely pictures in a very few words. She is one of the true masters of the drabble and short story. One thing, besides the ending, that I liked about this story was Gandalf's own misgivings about what had happened to the hobbits and how he would have had to explain things to their relatives. Great Job.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
A nice gapfiller, even if I have a particular qualm with Aragorn's characterization. But it's just in one place, and it was fun to see how everything spun out around the hobbits as they rested and recovered. I particularly liked Legolas' gifts in the endsomething personal and more in the line of memory than any physical object.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 2
Lovely story. I like the plotting between Aragorn, Eomer and Faramir to honour Pippin and Merry. The comparison between Aragorn the king and Strider the healer is great!
Reviewed by: Leaward ✧ Score: 2
I really like this story of how Merry and Pippin are rewarded by Eomer and Aragorn. It fills in those gaps left by the Professor. A thoroughly enjoyable and well-told tale. Thanks, Dreamflower, for 'painting on spot left bare.'