Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Lay of Peregrin Took

Author: Llinos

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Poetry - First Place

Story Type: Poetry : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for Baylor's story Fate and the King's High Falcon. It is the song that Legolas makes for Pippin after his recovery in Ithilien and is based on Baylor's story.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Aelfwina -- Score: N/A

Very nice telling of the story of Pippin's life, weaving all the events together from the universe of Baylor, and capturing the essence of them. I especially liked the imagery of Pippin as a bird, the theme repeated throughout.

Reviewed by: Ariel -- Score: N/A

*I like this song very much. It reads like something Tolkien himself would have written and fits perfectly into this tale. I know Llinos was very proud of this piece and she has every right to be.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

Very fitting poem for the story it's named after. I love how the events of Pippin's life as seen by the story and by the poem are traced and always described using words that can also relate to birds and flight. Such as the Uruk-hai being described as vultures or Pippin taking Merry beneath his sheltering wing after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The different birds used to describe various members of the Fellowship fit each character, and in the end, the little falcon is grown and we've been privy to the journey. Very satisfying and very complete poem.

Reviewed by: Silvermoon Lady -- Score: N/A

I loved this the first time I read it, and it has lost nothing in the many times since! The images are well thought out and well expressed, and I particularly like the repeating image of Pippin as a bird is simply too appropriate to deny; so free and needful of the freedom, and so beautiful when in flight! A wonderful piece!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: N/A

I remember writing to Baylor, when I was still pretty new to fanfiction, asking if she needed someone to pre-read the chapters of "High King's Falcon" to check for typos. Hah! That was before I'd heard of the redoubtable Marigold! Waiting for each chapter to be posted was a terrible strain for this impatient reader. This poem, in Tolkienesque epic fashion, sums up that lovely story--indeed, sums up Pippin's life from his birth through the Quest--with grace and feeling and power. It is complex enough that the reader might be tempted to skip over the poem (much as I skimmed JRRT's poems, the first few times I read LOTR), but don't! Take the time to read and savour. The imagery is well done, the metaphor of the falcon paints the Quest in a whole new light.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

This was a long poem which almost scared me away. I stuck with it though and enjoyed it. I'm glad it rhymed as I'm worse with free verse. I liked the symbolism of Pippin being a falcon and loved especially the stanza where he and Merry woke up the Ents.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton -- Score: N/A

I absolutely love this piece! It is amazing! I specifically requested Llinos to write this song for a story bunny that I asked Baylor to write, because I knew that she would do a fantastic job, and the finished work was even better than I knew it would be. It is of an epic length, which is perfect for the subject matter, which is the tale of the life of a hero, and to an extent, those who love him and journey with him. I longed for something that would have the scope and grandeur of one of the old lays and stories that Sam wondered if others would someday sing and tell about them around the fire, but one especially about Pippin. Though I knew that Llinos is a brilliant poet, this work exceeded my wildest expectations. Each stanza is wonderfully and descriptively constructed and moves the story of the hero, Pippin, along smoothly and the words and cadence are just perfect. The way that Pippin, and the others in the Fellowship are all referred to as various types of birds throughout is wonderful ...Pippin has been named for a peregrine falcon that Merry saw when Pippin was born, and Llinos uses the bird theme for all of the companions. I especially like that the description/type of bird used for Pippin changes during the course of the song as he matures, from a fledgling, to young falcon, little hawk, hawkling, half-grown falcon, stoic eaglet, and last, falcon. The song tells the story of his life from birth; his battles with ill health as a child, all of his triumphs on the Quest, through his survival after the Battle of the Black Gate, as well as touching upon all of the major events faced by all of the Fellowship, and it fits Baylor's universe and the story it was written for perfectly. That can't be easy, to go into another author's universe and write in a way that suits it so perfectly, and I find that very impressive. Every major event in Pippin's life is included and in a very natural way, not seeming forced at all, and everyone is written in perfect character. The song is meant to be written by Legolas in the story, and it certainly could have been written by an elf ...it is perfect!