Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Moment of Reflection

Author: Budgielover
Nominator: grey_wonderer
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Pippin - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Why would Lord Elrond allow a very young, very inexperienced Peregrin Took on the Quest when his place could have gone to another great warrior or healer or person of greater value?


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 6

There are many reasons as to why Elrond in the end chose to include Merry and Pippin in the number of those who would accompany Frodo on the apparently hopeless journey to Mordor when his first instinct had been to send them home, hopefully with warnings borne of his foresight that things were not as good within the Shire as they ought to be. But this demonstration of Pippin's love for Frodo and his desire to prove his own caring could so very well have served to turn the heart of the Lord of Imladris! The image of Pippin seeking to carry this large volume and his willingness to sacrifice the integrity of his feet in order to protect a falling book is one I will treasure always, even as Elrond must have done the same. So wonderful a manner for Budgielover to announce her return to writing fanfic! Hooray! Delightful!

Reviewed by: harrowcatliz -- Score: 5

I was so pleased when Budgielover produced a new short story and this is a lovely offering. The view it gives of a young but caring Pippin is beautiful. He is observant and appreciative of other people's efforts to care for Frodo. He notices the gap and tries to fill it as best he can. He may have bitten off more than he can chew in his choice of reading material - [Unable to actually carry a book nearly as large as himself, Pippin had resorted to balancing it on the top of his head and steadying it with his hands. .] - but his heart is in the right place. The Elrond that Budgielover presents us in her writings is consistant with the description Tolkien gives us - [As valuable and irreplaceable as are the contents of my Library, there is not one I would choose over harm to you.] This story made me smile. I can quite see why Elrond finally agreed that the two hobbits should go.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

It has been long and long since we have been fortunate enough to have a new hobbit-story from Budgielover, but she has not lost her sure touch with them. This encounter between Pippin and Elrond is both sweet and funny, and shows how Elrond is persuaded that Pippin's presence on the Quest would be beneficial. And I have to say, the opening of the scene is most memorable, as I could just "see" that huge book, seemingly floating along all by itself!

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This is a delightful little scene that made me smile. I think you capture Pippin's nature perfectly. I loved Elrond's observation of the moving book until he finally can see what is really going on. Pippin's innocent earnestness and desire to help Frodo in any way he can is I think a big plus for his getting the last spot on the Fellowship.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 3

I like your portrayal of Elrond here: amused and wise, as an experienced father would be when faced with the impulsive nature of young Pippin, and yet adaptable as well. He seems very fatherly, which is how I've always seen him. Well done.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 3

This story succeeds at answering something that I've wondered about for some time now. I love the way the author selects a bit of a gap and then fills it brilliantly. This is a very warm, very entertaining story written by a very talented author. If you haven't had a chance to read this one, please do so. You will not be disappointed.