Cousins on Watch
Author: Anso the Hobbit
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Hurt/Comfort - Second Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Two separate scenes based on the same starting line. The three cousins watch over each other in times of illness and injury.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 4
In the first chapter of this short story, Merry is watching the other three at Cormallen (I do love Cormallen fics!) and in the second chapter he is the one who falls ill in Minas Tirith -- an illness made worse by all that they have gone through. There are lovely details here -- Merry's choice of topics as he speaks to the unconscious three, the concern and care from the other members of the Fellowship -- it makes for a lovely, somehow gentle, read.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 4
I like the way Anso used the same starter twice, for two different scenarios. In the first, set in Cormallen, there is a long period of waiting, a drawn out fear amongst the companions that Pippin will not survive. This is nicely contrasted by the quite fast paced, sharp fear over Merry in Minas Tirith in the second. There is some well drawn hurt/comfort in this story.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
In two parts, we see first Merry watching over Pippin at Cormallen, and in the second, Frodo and Pippin watching over Merry as a minor illness causes him to have a relapse of the Black Breath. Merry h/c is this author's specialty, and she is spot on in catching the reactions of his cousins to his illness.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 3
The hurt/comfort in this tale is lovely, Anso has a real knack for it. I really liked each of the two parts of the story, Pippin at Cormallen and Merry at Minas Tirith. The Fellowship is so caring and supportive, and clearly love their hobbits. Nice details and descriptions, and good characterisations.