Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Between Childhood and Coming of Age

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Cathleen
2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Friendship - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: The story deals with adolescence, and its accompanying turmoil. Includes a brief kiss and the implication of sexual awareness.
Summary: Pippin has finally begun to notice the lasses, and he is seeking advice from every quarter.


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Adolescence can be a trial both for the adolescent and the parent, and so Pippin is finding it. But how could he have anticipated that the lasses he'd found ignorable just a few months ago are now--interesting? With good advice from Frodo, Merry, and his father Pippin begins to learn how to deal with--concerns, and anticipates his first kiss. It WOULD be easier, perhaps, if Sancho Proudfoot were less aggressive in his pursuit of company. But there is one piece of advice that Pippin takes to heart that Sancho doesn't appear to have paid attention to, and it's pleasing to share it with him. Delicately written with just the right touch of humor and fondness for the characters.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 5

An utterly charming story with many amusing moments. To name but a few: The cutest baby competition, the nighshirts under the bed, Pippin in the row with the lasses at the dance, the embarrassing realization that one's parents do indeed *ahem* and the priceless episode with Frodo setting up Sancho to dig in his cellar. The last line gave me a big giggle. What I like most, though, is the how you have given Pippin such a kind and generous young lady at his side here, who is sensitive enough not to hurt his feelings and still tells him nothing but the truth.

Reviewed by: Cathleen -- Score: 4

I very much enjoyed Dreamflower's tale of Pippin's adolescent woes. There are some very lovely moments in this story and the writer explores Pippin's moodiness, dreams, and relationships in a humourous manner, while maintaining the seriousness in just the right places. I am certain Golden was thrilled when this story was gifted to her in the Yule fic exchange last year!

Reviewed by: Golden -- Score: 4

Oh yes cathleen I certainly loved getting this story as a Yule Gift last year. :) It is a great story and I loved to read it! It is very well written and I simply love the interaction between the cousins..and Pips reaction when he heard what to poor Merry once happend when he judged the lass wrong and kissed her. *giggles* Also the end of the story..hihi..well I hope Sancho learned something and took those wise last words to heart. ;) Thanks Barb!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a really interesting story, not only looking at both what was accepted and acceptable and what wasn't in terms of Shire sexual ethics, but also showing Pippin's coming of age in terms of his own confidence. I laughed out loud, and cheered toward the end when I saw that Pippin could disagree with his cousins - that's a sign of real maturity.

Reviewed by: PipMer -- Score: 3

Once again, Dreamflower has written an enchanting and captivating story. She delves into areas of a hobbit's life that one wouldn't normally think of. She explores Pippin's entry into adolescence, and does it with both restraint and humour. I really enjoyed this!

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 3

There were many points in this tale that I chuckled, but ["And Pippin was a Took."] made me laugh out loud. Funny how those words, or some combination thereof, can say so much about such a small creature. He's just delightful while he's trying to figure out the mysteries of lasses. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

As always, Dreamflower's hobbit characterizations are spot on, while her details of Hobbit life expand Tolkien's vision without disrupting it.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

as i began to re-read to review, one thing kept coming to mind "and then he met tree beard 'and the sap began to rise' "! that first dance back in Shire may be very enlightening.