A New Kind of Courage

Author: Auntiemeesh

Nominator: elentari3018

2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Pippin or Merry

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: Graphic descriptions, possible strong language

Summary: What happens to Merry from the time Pippin leaves Minas Tirith with the host going to Mordor, through their reunion with Frodo and Sam on the field of Cormallen.

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Reviewed by: elentari3018  ✧  Score: 10

This gap-filler is one of the first story ideas that i had in writing fanfiction but I am so very glad that Auntiemeesh has already done such a wonderful job in describing Merry's feelings when he holds his vigil for his friends while he waits for them to come around in Cormallen. Not only is this an awesome gap-filler and one of my favorite stories of all time, there is amazing description, humor, angst and hurt/comfort that all sound so realistic. I've always felt for Merry when he has to be always "left behind" and to finally read a fic that so amazingly fills in the gaps between everyone leaving Merry to the BLack Gate to Frodo and Sam's wakening and Merry's own healing and thoughts is a rare treat and indeed one of my favorite time periods to explore. I'm very grateful for this fic and glad that i've read it... several times indeed. :) Her characterizations are wonderful--I really enjoyed her Merry, Pippin, Aragorn and Legolas in this story. The ending was very satisfying where Merry finally defeats his nightmares and Frodo and Sam awaken. The most special part of this fic is that even though there is angst surrounding this period for Merry, there is hope too and the moments between Merry and Pippin are my favorites. I recommend this fic for anyone who's thirsting for a great fanfic that focuses on Merry, how he dealt with being the one who has to wait it out for his friends to recover, yet has to deal with his own fears and healing too. After reading this, I can feel for Merry a lot more and appreciate him as much as I do the other hobbits.

Reviewed by: GamgeeFest  ✧  Score: 4

Pippin losing his memory is an interesting concept and it's well handled here. Even as Pippin struggles to remember and understand what has happened to him, you see how deeply he cares for Merry, doing his best to make sure his cousin's dreams do not plague him more than they need to. Merry's dreams are wonderfully written, as are his own care and concern for Pippin. Some of my favorite moments were the times he spent in the tent with Frodo and Sam, seeking comfort from their sleeping forms.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

This is a Cormallen fic with a difference. In this one, Pippin's injury is not very physically serious--yet he's had a bad knock on the head, and is suffering from partial amnesia. He can't remember the Quest. Imagine how terrified he is to wake among strangers! Merry has to help his cousin to recover the memories, while battling his own bout with the Shadow. Very well done, and features all the surviving Fellowship.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 4

This is a very enjoyable story. I'm glad that Merry, in the end, was able to accept that they had all done what they must - and had, remarkably, managed to succeed beyond their expectations and survive to come out the other side. Frodo's words made Merry realise at last the he couldn't expect to control everybody else's actions - and that is definitely a good thing! Especially considering what they still have ahead of them.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

An interesting look at Merry's road to recovery after he was left in Minas Tirith when the army marched to the Black Gate. Merry's worries and struggles to come to terms with all that happened on the Quest are vividly depicted. I like his interactions with Pippin. A great read for Merry lovers.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 3

This is a wonderful glimpse into Merry's mind during one of the hardest periods of the Quest for him, from Pippin's leavetaking through Cormallen. Very well done and a favourite story of mine!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A most worthwhile examination of what Merry felt as he was left behind in Minas Tirith and later came with the supplies from the city to Cormallen. Very gently written and well thought out.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 2

Nice portrayal of Merry and Pippin. I particularly enjoyed the different take this author has of Pippin's injuries. She conveys his fear and confusion very well.