Pippin the Troll Slayer

Author: Auntiemeesh

Nominator: Llinos

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: We all know Pippin was crushed by the troll he killed during the battle at the Black Gate, but what happened to him in the two weeks before Tolkien resumed the story? This is a companion piece to 'A New Kind of Courage.'

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 10

I love Cormallen fics, and this one is among those at the top of my list. I was so pleased when the author wrote this companion piece to “A New Kind of Courage”! Much of it is from Pippin’s pov, which nicely complements Merry’s pov in “Courage” but there is also quite a lot of some other members of the Fellowship too and I like their presence here. Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli, and Legolas make the story more comfortable somehow - as they care for Pippin, they balance his pain and confusion with their kindness and care. I like the construction of the story, taking us from Pippin’s thoughts and his fall on the battlefield, then through the eyes of the other characters as he is found, called back, and cared for, then back to Pippin’s pov, through his awakening to pain and confusion, and finally to Merry’s arrival. Poor Pippin’s thoughts as he tries to understand what happened, his exhaustion, and his pain, are conveyed very well, and feel quite realistic for the injuries that he has suffered. I like his reactions to the others, especially his relief that Gandalf is there, and his feeling that he knew Aragorn, then his remembering who “Strider” was. My absolute favourite part though is the ending, where Pippin awakens and identifies his new visitor without opening his eyes: “There was very little to hear, the occasional footfall, a slight susurration of fabric, an exhalation of breath. Pippin smiled as an image of his visitor grew in his mind.” I loved that he knew that it was Merry without even seeing him. And the ending paragraph is perfection! I am looking forward to the other scenes that Auntiemeesh intends to write from Pippin's perspective.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 6

I loved this one. It was a wonderful companion to this author's other story which looked at this event from Merry's point of view. This one focuses on Pippin's side of things and it fits extremely well with the original story and gives us a look at what it might have been like to lose your memories and to wake up someplace strange to you surrounded by folks that you don't really know. Pippin's memory of the quest is gone due to his injuries that he suffered when the Troll fell on him and the author takes us through his slow healing and his efforts to remember everthing while his dearest friend and cousin, Merry sits at his side and suffers his own pain. A great story from a very talented author!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

This was a great fleshing out of the events that were hinted at in the books. I loved the added details of Gimli skipping out on sleep and rest to watch over Pippin, and then there was Legolas and Eomer conferring over what his health might be. I also loved how naturally Aragorn's healing abilities were described by simple statements. For example, when he was telling Gandalf that the thoughts he could touch were confused. It's said so matter-of-factly, but it's quite an unusual gift. In fact, the whole story had this tone when dealing with extraordinary things, and it made for a very fun read altogether.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

A very unsual Cormallen fic. In most of them Pippin is injured the way one would expect of crushing: broken ribs, broken limbs, and head injuries. In this one most of his injuries are light, but the head blow caused amnesia, and poor Pip wakes up with no memory of what happened after the hobbits left the Shire. A wonderful tale of his gradual recovery from the confusion.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 3

A fine companion piece to 'A New Kind of Courage’ by the same author, this time from Pippin’s point of view. Pippin’s confusion and pain are very well described, and the story flows nicely from beginning to end. The descriptions are well done and the story is a very satisfying length. A good read.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: 3

This is one of those stories I read at a gulp, eagerly anticipating each new chapter, for the author drew me along, making me feel for the characters, producing quite an anxiety with skillfully-drawn angst, and yet reassuring with wondrously comforting comfort. Well-done characterizations, excellent knack for putting the reader in the scene.

Reviewed by: Ariel  ✧  Score: 2

I enjoyed this piece of angsty stuff. It was very readable and shows the author's continuing growth and improving skill in writing. Keep up the good work!

Reviewed by: SlightlyTookish  ✧  Score: 2

Sam's discomfort is very believable, and I love how he rationalizes that Frodo, Merry and Pip are all too "cracked" not to think that he's trying to rise above his station!