Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Until the End of Their Days

Author: Celeritas
Nominator: Cathleen
2011 Award Category: Hobbits: General

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: An outbreak of fever has turned Peregrin Took unusually somber--and worried. Merry hopes to take his mind off things with some planning. This story was written for LotR GFIC's remix challenge, remixing Dreamflower's Pippin/Diamond romance "It Takes a Took." Knowing the story and that particular writer's take on the Shire will yield a richer reading experience, but is not necessary.


Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 6

Celeritas remixed this story for me from one chapter in my own story "It Takes a Took". I love what she did with it-- but you don't have to be familiar with my story to enjoy hers. It's quite clear what's happened: after they've begun courting, but before they have become "official", Pippin's Diamond has fallen gravely ill. In this lovely gapfiller, Merry does his very best to cheer his younger cousin up as they wait to see how she will recover, by doing what he does best: making plans. I truly love how well this fits in, and how Merry's distractions work even better than he thought they would! Wonderful characterization here, and lots of fun seeing what kinds of plans Merry and Pippin come up with...

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 4

Dear Celeritas, this is a lovely bit of fluff, which, worrying as the occasions may have been for Pippin, cannot but bring a smile to the face of a reader. Merry is right in trying to distract Pippin from his fears, and what better way to do so than get him planning for the future? A house or a house conversion are wonderful project and rightly so should be celebrated with a mighty party. And you’re right, of course, you can never go wrong with more mushrooms. ;-)

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

Celeritas has written a delightful short story here. I love Merry's cleverness in picking the right planning enterprise with which to distract his worried cousin; and Pippin's escalating enthusiasm makes it all the more charming, especially the bit about the housewarming party with all the guests and the food they shall have. Hobbits live on love and family ties as well as food; and that is vigorously conveyed in the story.