Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

If You Could See What I Hear

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: Meghann
2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Incomplete - Third Place

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Novel length upon completion, basically the introduction is all that's complete A young Pippin and his knitted piglet Tulip set out on an unexpected adventure where Pippin encounters a mysterious new friend that only he can see and hear.


Reviewed by: Elanor -- Score: 8

I have been following this captivating story for some time now, and I have to say I find Tulip the Knitted Piglet as charming and as integral to Pippin as that other famous suffed toy, Erroll, The Thain's Rabbit! Truly, Pippin's childhood has been blessed with wise and wonderful friends. Tulip serves as a sort of pre-integrated conscience and common sense for the very young Pippin here, and she is droll and grumbly and Mary Poppinsish. She is a marvelous character, cleverly conceived and written with flourish; it takes very little time to realize that Tulip is the grownup here, and I often look to her for reassurance as little Pippin wanders through his enchanted wood. A very interesting byplay takes place between Pippin and Tulip, a skillful and sophisticated conversation that suggests the brilliance of Pippin's imagination and an internal dialectic belied by his youth. Very nicely done! And the appearance of the fairy Rhoswen creates enough uncertainty to give the story just a kiss of danger--a magical read, well-written and guided by a very accomplished hand!

Reviewed by: PipMer -- Score: 4

This captivating story had me hooked since I first read the introduction for one of Marigold's challenges. The author sure knows how to draw Pippin's personality, and it is spot-on. We all know that Pippin as a little lad of ten would be getting into trouble all of the time. This is one time when he disappears, and has a little adventure in the woods surrounding his home, accompanied by his knitted piglet Tulip. It is delightful!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

There are other beings hidden here and there within Middle Earth, one finds. When one finds itself charmed by little Pippin Took, who's taken a walk with his knitted pink pig, it's a remarkable danger. Poor Tulip--can she manage to spark Pippin into going home? A charming look at Pippin's childhood and how the Hollow Hills could have held danger for unwitting Hobbits.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This story, about a very young Pippin and his stuffed knitted Piglet, is a tribute to a child's imagination, as well as an intriguing exploration of what Faerie means in Middle-earth. The author works in a number of RL myths about Faeries, and I am eager to see how she resolves the problem she has set up, and reunites little Pippin with his worried family.

Reviewed by: Pearl Took -- Score: 3

I totally and completely love this story! Cathleen has done such a marvelous job with making Pippin's wee friend so believable. And I like the mysterious person they meet in the mysterious woods as well. A well crafted and fun story!