One of The Lads

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Marigold

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Vignette

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Aragorn considers how the hobbits have endeared themselves to the other members of the Fellowship.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 10

This is a great description of how the hobbits, most especially Merry and Pippin, fit into the Fellowship. It is told from Aragorn’s pov, as he watches Merry and Pippin interact with the other members of the group after they have left Rivendell on the Quest. I love that Merry and Pippin are valued and hardworking members of the Fellowship here – they forage, add to the cook-pot, find water and firewood, serve the others, and do a great deal to boost morale. They carry their own weight and are equal members of the group. Too many stories depict them as useless and silly - certainly Tolkien would never have included them on the Quest if that were so, but some authors prefer to ignore that. Here, they most certainly are not, they are just very hobbity which is exactly how it should be. Dreamflower depicts them just right here. I love their artlessness, and the way they treat the others as if they were members of their family/clan, and I love that Aragorn realises that they are all being treated as large hobbits. His acceptance is great, and the last line is perfect. Dreamflower really knows hobbits, she seems to be able to get inside their heads as a race, not just as individual characters, and she writes the rest of the Fellowship very well too. Her dialogue is always spot on, and her descriptions enable you to picture the characters and their surroundings. I enjoy her work very much.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 7

What an incredible observation by Aragorn. It makes me smile that even after so many of keeping watch over the Halflings by his very own rangers, the four hobbits can surprise the chieftain himself. I personally think tireless forages is merely an understatement of Merry's and Pip's role, immediately I had to think of how they have seated themselves on Orthanc stones, welcoming the rest of the fellowship after they fought so hard at Helms Deep! But I disgress, forgive me. Dreamflower, you have written an amazing story in which you write the cultural differences between the varied races within the Fellowship and you show us, through the eyes of Aragorn, how important the four hobbits were to the the others and the important role they have played in the War of the Ring. And these two lines Dreamflower: ‘They simply treated them all like large hobbits. And it was rather nice, if sometimes disconcerting.’' Excellent!!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

That was definitely a fun piece. Aragorn's musings are always an interesting place to go, and I love the way he characterizes various members of the Fellowship. The respectives roles of Frodo and Sam were very natural, but the extrapolation of roles for Merry and Pippin was inspired. And it worked, too. I love how these two little hobbits decided to treat the Fellowship as one big extended family and how the other members of the Fellowship responded to this by joining that family. It's a development I hadn't truly considered myself, and this story lays out how blind I was for not thinking of things in these terms. Great vignette and great character development for everyone.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 2

This is an enchanting story. I just love Merry and Pippin treating the rest of the Fellowship as oversized hobbits. And the fact that they are showing themselves as useful members of the team, able to forage and help supply the bigger people.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 2

This an interesting vignette into Aragorn's assessment of the hobbits. Nicely written, interest observations by Aragorn to each of the hobbits' character that still keeps them in-character. Well done, Dreamflower.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 2

This is a delightful peek into Aragorn's thoughts as he observes the hobbits. I particularly enjoyed the thought of Merry telling scandalous stories to Gimli!