Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Birthday Present

Author: Aranel Took
Nominator: Aranel Took
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: General Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 250 words Bilbo has a gift for Pippin. A fluffy ficlet from Pippin's childhood.


Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

aranel took has written a marvelous light hearted story of our dear pippin and his at the moment favorite older cousin. of course he will revert back to third place at the end of this story, only proper you must not misplace merry for long or he may not be merry long. as any aunt or uncle, honorary or not, knows around birthdays there is no sharper tack than the youngest of children they will remember exactly who has not yet given them their just rewards. and they are still honest enough to come remind you of your mistake and give you the oppurtunity to correct the error of your ways, big of them don't you think? now before some of you get all bent out of shape with paladin and elegantina, you need to slip in and take a look at just how unmaterialistically pippin handles this reminder. it is a laugh or two away from show stopping but it will give your belly muscles a light workout. bilbo might never have gotten good marks as a father, but he would have been homerun king as a grandfather.knowing that we are familar with the over all background aranel just lightlybrushes in a scene that has comfort and security written into the fabric of its existence, she keeps her characters in a very tolkienish fashion and lets them exchange a light dialog that covers all the bases and leaves us standing in the aisles hoping for more.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 7

This is another delightfully sly, amusing and intelligent drabble from Aranel Took, with so much to enjoy. The pen portrait of a very young Pippin as he demands his due from Uncle Bilbo raised a chuckle as I read Aranel's deft description of the incongruity between Pippin's age and his manner. The middle section contains some masterly misdirection, as we are somewhat taken aback -- or at least, I was -- by Pippin's apparently mercenary demand for a present to mark the occasion of Bilbo's birthday. But all is well in the end, as we learn the reason for such apparently unmannerly insistence on his rights for the gift which he craves so intensely is to sit on Bilbo's lap and hear one of his treasury of stories. As with all of Aranel's pieces, the writing is clear and crisp, with well-chosen vocabulary and phrasing that strongly conveys the scene she is describing. Fluff, perhaps, but with surprising depths! Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

This ficlet is absolutely charming, without being cloying. I love the interaction of the characters, which is very natural, down-to-earth, acerbic and yet obviously warm and affectionate. The charaterisations are spot on, and I'm especially entertained by little Pippin's stubbornness and single-mindedness which really captures a child's behaviour in a similar situation. I'm also reminded of some ideas in Tolkien's letters that birthday presents from and for little Hobbit children were supposed to be small and simple; a story seems to me a particularly appropriate idea (and I can imagine that Bilbo's stories were especially sought-after). I like the emphasis of the importance of story-telling in the various cultures of Middle-earth.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 3

This is a lovely idea, that what Pippin would want most from his Cousin Bilbo would not be a clock work toy from Dale, or even a trinket of dragon gold, but a story of adventure. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

This was very sweet, but not cloyingly so. I love the choice of gift here - I am sure that those who have small children will instantly identify with Bilbo before Pippin's demand. And of course, it is not as if we ever truly outgrow the desire to relive our favorite stories, or else we wouldn't be fanficcing, now would we?

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Ah, how I love how easily Bilbo's birthday presents to Pippin are to take with him! And Pippin is right there to claim it, of course. And he'll fit in Thain one day with that stance of his? Heh!

Reviewed by: Golden -- Score: 2

How absolutly cute. A story for a present and that from Bilbos mouth and memories must surly be a real treat! I can understand why Pip likes his cousin so much.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

This just made me smile. Of course that would be Bilbo's *best* present!