Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Quietly

Author: Pearl Took
Nominator: Dreamflower
2011 Award Category: Poetry: Drama - Second Place

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A short look at Pippin's life up to The Last Battle


Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 10

Pearl Took's stories are usually light-hearted prose, delightful stories mostly of hobbits in the Shire. But sometimes she ventures to write something different, and the results are almost always startling and enlightening for the reader, as well as memorable. This poem describing Pippin's journey there, but stopping before the "back again", is rather stark. The pacing of the poem as each small episode is described in a few short words is remarkable and compelling. I hope that she will try her hand again at poetry of this sort; she has a real knack for it. In canon, (and even more in fan fiction), Pippin, as the youngest member of the Company is always being admonished to behave himself and to be quiet by the older and wiser members of the Fellowship. Pearl has taken up this theme, as she shows the progresssion of their journey in the constant refrain of ["Quietly, Pippin"]. And for the most part, Pippin complies. But there is the time he does NOT go quietly and risks all to do what is right in order to save Faramir. And finally, he is shown in the quiet place where he expects to die... Thank goodness we readers know his submission to the quiet is premature, but it shows his courage as he faces the ultimate quiet.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 6

Dear Pearl Took, this poem nearly brought a tear to my eye, not so much because of Pippin, but because it reminded me of the litany that we, that I contantly pour out on certain children, including some of my students and my own little boy. It is true, they have to learn to control their impulses sooner or later, but you show us here how suffocating it might feel for them to be told, all the time, to sit down, stop fidgeting, listen carefully, don't touch that, pay attention. I'm not sure what the answer is to this dilemma, because we cannot very well let them run riot, but I hope this poem will remind me, next time I set out to check a child's exuberance, to make sure he knows I do it because I care. Thank you for this insightful piece which I am sure I will remember.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

I love Pearl's reiteration of "quietly" throughout the poem. It takes on so many different meanings and connotations, nearly fluid in its definition. A wonderful poem, too! I love this study on Pippin's character.

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf -- Score: 1

A neat summarization of Pippin's life.

Reviewed by: Phyncke -- Score: 1

An interesting study in character perspective.