Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Turning Points

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: Golden
2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Incomplete - Third Place

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: This story contains mild sexual overtones in the chapters already completed. Subsequent chapters may contain more graphic depictions and at that time the rating will be changed to either PG13 or R.
Summary: This will be a medium length story, it is approximately one-fourth finished, and the first two chapters were part of the Marigold Tale Challenge. Pippin begins to experience strange, vivid dreams and visions as he enters adolescence and is confronted with the notion he has inherited the Tookish gift of the "Sight". At the same time, his body is changing and he faces both the confusion and delight of his awakening sexuality.


Reviewed by: Golden -- Score: 10

Turning Points is a story, that gives us readers a look into a specific time of life, that can be very difficult and confusive sometimes. Here we see Peregrin Took entering that time and how heself and all the people around him also ( like his parents and sisters, but also of course Merry and Frodo), deal with the changes that happen to a Hobbit, who leaves childhood and slowly enters into the adult status. The story is a nice written piece, that also has lots of courage in it, because it also tells about things, that people in the todays world, better not talk about or things that is hard to talk about, like very privat feelings and actions, that a t(w)eenager might feel and try, also sexual ones. Also the Took Sight is worked into this piece and shows us the beginnings of Pippins family talent. That, combined with the already difficult state of growing up, is no easy task for Peregrin. Our dear Frodo Baggins plays in that a very special role and trys to help our tookish lad to understand what this gift is. I very much like when Frodo and Pippin talk about it a bit. Also Sam and his little sister Marigold appear in the story and Pippin has sort of a crush on Marigold and that is written very sweet. A great start of a story and worth a read!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 8

Peregrin Took is growing up, thinking about the lasses, restless under his parents' rules, dealing with growing awareness of the world around him.... How can his parents truly understand when they could never have gone through what he's going through now? What does he do when he begins to experience Tookish Sight and he's not certain what it means? How does he deal with the confusion he feels about Sam Gamgee's younger sister and his envy of Merry's relationships with those lasses he's been courting? What do the dreams and visions he's beginning to experience mean to the future? What does all of this have to do with himself, Merry, Frodo, and Sam Gamgee? Growing wisdom and confusion lie side by side, uneasy bedfellows, it seems. And through it all we see each step Pippin makes toward being what he will be during the quest--the wise fool, the lightener of burdens, the lynchpin of the conspiracy, the one who refuses to stay behind or be quashed, not even by the weight of trolls or growing maturity. I cannot wait to see this story added to.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 5

This tale is off to a great start. I look forward to see where Cathleen take this one. This would be an interesting story if it just dealt with Pippin and his passage from childhood to maturity, but you add in the element of the Took Sight and its being intensified by pubirty and it makes it just that bit more interesting. I find Pippin to be a very simpathic tween. Yes, he's moody and sometimes rude, but what tween isn't; but he's also conflicted and feels bad when he does give in to his emotions. All in all this has the makings of one of the better Took Sight stories.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

As beta, I was fortunate enough to get a look at this story ahead of time. Cathleen has put a lot of work and thought into this tale of Pippin's putting childhood behind. Pippin is approaching puberty, and in addition to the all-too-normal turmoil of adolescence, he must also deal with the awakening of his "Tookish sight". This is a fanon explored by a number of writers to more or less effect, and I find it very interesting to see how it plays out in Cathleen's universe. I hope she continues it soon.