Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

If You Could See What I Hear

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: Golden
2008 Award Category: Times: Mid Third Age: Eriador - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Pippin embarks on an adventure with his new friend, a knitted piglet named Tulip, but wanders too far and becomes lost in the woodlands near his family's farm. A frantic search ensues, and along the way Pippin and Paladin learn the story of their faerie ancestor, and discover there is an extraordinary reason for their journey.


Reviewed by: Golden -- Score: 10

This story is a very magical and fantastic tale about our small lad Pippin Took, who has together with his knitted piglet friend Tulip an beautiful, but also mystical so to say, adventure. Pippin and Tulip meet a young lass, who is a fairy and said fairy takes Pippin with her into the world of her kin. That is not without dangers, but thanksfully Pippin meets another fairy creature, names Alfie. That one tells him true tales, that have to do with his family. He hears about the fairy blood that is said to run in the veins of the Tooks, in some stronger than in other, because of an Took ancestor, who married a fairy wife. Pippin learns that in his veins the fairy blood is very strong. In the story we also see not only Pippins side, but also the one of his family, cause Pippin is not just gone for an hour or so into the fairy world, no he is gone a lot longer and all his family ( parents, sisters, but also Frodo and Bilbo, Merry and his parents) as well as other Hobbits worry about him and think the worst. They searching everywhere, but cannot find him. In the end it is Paladin, who, also gifted with the fairy blood is the one who is successful. A very beatuful tale, well written and very magical, with beautiful word pictures inside.

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 10

This charming and beautifully written story delivers an unexpectedly dark and stunningly ethereal realm in the peaceful, pre-Ring War Shire. "If You Could See What I Hear" is a perfect example of why I like the MEFAs. The wee hobbit genre is not a place where I normally venture, but I am very glad to have spent time in Cathleen's world of Pippin's youth. Cathleen is building up a body of work based on Pippin-lad's adventures with his knitted piglet/imaginary companion Tulip. In this extened story, they have a somewhat perilous adventure into the world of Faerie, a land populated by creatures from pre-Christian mythology that has little to do with Tolkien's elves. Tulip becomes the protective voice of Pippin's mother Eglantine, guarding the overly curious child as he becomes lost in this deceptive realm. My favorite moments involve the inhabitants of the Faerie world and their encounter with Pippin's anxious father Paladin. He inadvertently wanders into the Faerie world while searching for his son. Through Paladin's eyes, Cathleen explores the largely fanon theme of the Took who took a faerie wife. As the story evolves you fear for the father and son, knowing all the while that the faerie folk will return them safely to the Shire, considerably wiser for their encounter. I heartily recommend this story to all who enjoy being enchanted.

Reviewed by: Pearl Took -- Score: 10

This wonderful story takes us on quite a ride. First, you have the terrifying situation of a lost child with all the family and friends becoming frantic, but then, Cathleen adds to it all the wonder and mystery of the Took faerie heritage. Pippin is usually portrayed as an overly curious lad, so it isn't surprising that he wanders off into the woods with his knitted piglet, Tulip. Tulip is up for the adventure with her lad, that is until he starts following a strange voice. He begins to catch glimpses of a small person that makes it even harder for him to resist the urge to follow. He is lost in woods he is not supposed to have gone into to begin with and Tulip can't do anything about it. Back home, everyone is in an uproar as search parties are formed. Paladin goes with the group who head towards the woods. The story has twists and turns. moments that make you hold your breath and moments that make you laugh. There is danger mixed with beauty and lessons to be learned by two special Tooks. Cathleen has blended poems, and myths about the realm of faerie into Tolkien's Middle-earth with great skill. There is an amazing amount of research in this story that gives it wonderful depth. Most Excellently Well Done, Cathleen!

Reviewed by: Meghann -- Score: 10

I think this highly entertaining story is one of Cathleen's best! It is a tale filled with faeries set in a mystical realm which wee Pippin finds when he becomes lost in the woods near his family's farm at Whitwell. He's travelling with his new friend, a knitted piglet named Tulip, who shows up for the very first time in this story. Tulip was made by Pipís hmoter and she always sounds just like Pippin's mother for some odd reason and does her best to keep the lad out of trouble. Early on in their adventure she falls in the stream and this sets Pip on the run to find her! Naturally, they have now gone too far to find their way out, and yet Pippin doesn't seemed worried because he's far too involved investigating his new surroundings rather than be concerned or afraid. Even spending the night in a tree doesn't phase him, but Tulip is another story. She keeps on being the voice that guides him and he usually listens to her. Yet, there are those times he doesn't and they usually lead him into greater mischief. Pippin and Tulip find themselves in the land of the faeries, a really fascinating place to be. Unconcerned about how long he's been there, Pippin is fascinated by everyone he meets. Back at the Took farm his family is searching for him, and becoming more afraid as the hours stretch on. Pippin's da sends for the shirriff and then finally searches in the woods, along with others, and he, too, is drawn into a magical world where he learns a lot about his family's past and is shown the mystery of the Took faerie who supposedly married one of his ancestors. Paladin is amazed to find out the legend is the truth, but he never finds out the name of the hobbit who married the faerie. Cathleen used so many of the old Celtic myths about faeries in this story that it gives it an authentic feel and a glimpse into what is called the Otherworld. Pippin and Paladin each come away with feelings of awe, and yet it seems Pippin doesn't remember a thing by the next day, much to his father's relief! And Paladin doesn't tell his wife everything he saw, either, but instead keeps it to himself. The story has a little bit of a surprise ending which takes place many years in the future. Cathleenís delightful descriptions of the Took family interactions always bring her stories to life for me. I can almost hear the voices of Paladin, Eglantine, and Pippin and his sisters as I read her words. And she deftly intertwines this down-to-earth family with more fanciful elements to create an intriguing story. I was sad at the ending of each chapter and waited impatiently for the next installment to find out more of what was happening. Cathleen frequently surprised me but all the surprised were very pleasant ones. I hope other people like it as much as I did!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

The Lord of the Rings, for all its mythical origins, feels more like a history that has moved into the realm of legend. With a few exceptions, there's very little of a mystical fantasy feel. This story does the opposite. It takes the legend, and moves it into the realm of the myth. Pippin's meeting with the Faerie folk is like a waking dream, and that feeling persists throughout the story and even grows when Paladin joins in. I think this tone gets its start in the very childlike belief that Tulip has her own opinions of their wandering adventure and offers both insight and protests from time to time. Having anchored the readers with a child's imagination, Cathleen then goes on to blow readers away with an fantastical and mystical journey into another world. It's a brilliant marriage of Tolkien legend and Faerie myth.

Reviewed by: Shireling -- Score: 6

This is a truly magical tale , in every sense of the word.Cathleen takes us into the world of a young Pippin and his family as he is drawn into an adventure that will have repercussions long into the future. Pippin and his knitted companion and guardian, Tulip, set out on a walk that takes them deep into the forest where they encounter the fairie folk and both Pippin and Paladin learn about their Tookish fairie heritage. Cathleen's storytelling draws the reader into the fear and panic of pippin's family and friends as the hours of the little Took's absence unfold. Her description of the otherworldliness of the fairie kingdom is vivid and magical. Paladin and Pippin each have their own lessons to learn from their encounters and yet it is only many years into the future, when the quest is over and the travelers return, that they come to comprehend the gifts given to them

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

I so love this tale of young Pippin wandering abroad, accompanied at first only by his knitted pink piglet Tulip, and the inevitable frantic search by his parents, relatives, and neighbors. I love the thought of both Pippin receiving instruction at the hands of his hosts, and Paladin's more cranky acceptance of instruction as he searches impatiently for his son, and how this helps prepare both for the crises surrounding his next great wandering abroad when as a tween Pippin will accompany his cousins and Sam away from their safe haven for a far more serious situation. Imagery is wonderful, and the foreshadowing of what will come is delicately done.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

I am always a bit ambivalent when I review a story that I beta'd--it's hard to know if I'm not a bit biased, and it's hard to say how others will feel about it. But I enjoyed working on this story, which features some of Cathleen's favorites: Tulip, the knitted pig; little Pippin; and the Took faerie ancestry. She blends these into an interesting story that is both fluffy and angsty, and has a bit of mystery as well. I think that she accomplished a good deal with this story!

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

this child has found more ways to defy death than aragorn has names. thank you for making so many of them enjoyable.