2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Merry & Pippin
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: Rated PG-13 for slash content.
Summary: Pippin wonders what it will really mean to follow Frodo.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 5
A story that begins just before the hobbits leave Crickhollow on the Quest, and takes up again afterward--right after they return, and then again after Frodo leaves. Woven within this is the haunting story of earlier inhabitants of Crickhollow--Hildifons Took, who vanished without a trace generations before, and his dear friend Marnoc. This is a story that Pippin took to his heart as the hobbits left on their journey, and it haunted his steps along the way. We see, when they return, how Pippin and Merry make Crickhollow the new home of their own hearts, and how much it means to them, to have this very special place of their own. There is a bit of slash in this, but it's very mild.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 3
This is an outstanding story. I loved the characterisations of Merry and Pippin, their thoughts and fears about the Quest, and loss, and Frodo. And each other. Beautifully told, one of Danas best.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 2
A lovely story, with spot on characterisations. The story of Hildifons and Marnoc was probably not the best story that Merry could have told Pippin the night before setting out!