Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To Lead His People

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2010 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Gapfiller

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Aragorn and Pippin have an important conversation.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 10

I'll admit that I'm not the best judge of hobbits, but I've always loved Merry as a character. He's more or less been my liaison with the rest of the hobbits since I "get" him and I don't always "get" the rest of them. Not as well as I should, anyway. But I never thought that the things I loved so much about Merry (his planning, organization, intelligence, cleverness, etc.) would overshadow someone like Pippin. The way Dreamflower puts this story together, though, makes it seem so obvious that I'm kicking myself. Given his future responsibilities, of course Pippin would be looking at other examples of leadership. Both Merry and Aragorn would be two examples, and the former isn't going to be someone that Pippin can take this particular problem to. Enter Aragorn, who proves wonderfully insightful and uses Pippin himself as an example of leadership. It's exactly what Pippin needs, because having found the seeds of greatness in those around him, he needs to now see them in himself. The conversation itself feels natural and very true to both characters. Aragorn's memories of his childhood brought a smile to my face, and I loved the idea that he had his life all planned out as both a healer and an orc-killer. Not too far off on either, actually. And he's not far off in his estimation of Pippin, either. A wonderful little tale of a gap that desperately needed filling.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 7

He has walked and ridden much of the length and breadth of Middle Earth, but Peregrin son of Paladin is yet young and a youth as measured by his own people. He may be a knight of Gondor and a Guard of the Citadel and a companion to the King, but at home he's merely Pippin Took, the Thain's scapegrace son and the nephew of the Master and Mistress to Buckland and kinsman of the Master of the Hill. So, Pippin asks reassurance of his friend Strider, and receives the answers he needs to hear and assimilate. A fool of a Took he might be, but he is one whose foolishness more often than not helps with the situation. He may not be the intellectual equal of Frodo or the planner that Merry is, but he is eminently suitable to follow his father one day. A lovely glimpse of an intimate moment between the King and his smallest knight, as both accept anew the future offered them, before going on to do that future proudly. Well told, and greatly beloved by me.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

A sprightly story of Pippin and Aragorn and the burden of leadership. Pippin is my favorite hobbit; and it's a pleasure to read him here; Dreamflower absolutely nails the characterization; I feel like her version of Pippin has just stepped out of the pages of ROTK. It is a measure of Pippin's emotional growth that he can address the idea of his eventual ascension to the Thainship, an issue that has previously troubled him, and discuss it with Aragorn. Excellent dialogue; a sensitively told and credible story with light flashes of humor.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 4

Pippin is troubled by the prospect of having to take up the office of Thain one day and speaks to the one person who knows about having leadership thrust on him: Aragorn. I like how Dreamflower has brought out the differences between Merry and Pippin and showed that Pippin's perceived weaknesses can be seen as strengths also. Good point about not liking to give orders being a good quality in a leader!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

A rather unusual Aragorn-Pippin interaction, though one that easily could have happened. There are more similarities between their inheritance of titles and duties than are usually noted, which makes Pippin's going to Aragorn for advice and some reassurance a very good call on his part. A sweet friendship fic!

Reviewed by: Cairistiona -- Score: 3

This is a delightfully heartwarming conversation between a King and an uncertain someday-to-be Thain. Aragorn is at his wise and compassionate best, and Pippin is childlike without being childish, full of uncertainty over his future role in life. The conversation flows beautifully, and Pippin's impulsive hug at the end is perfect.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

I loved this story in which Aragorn and Pippin discuss the qualities that make a good leader.I always sense a bond between Aragorn and Pippin in the book,which is maybe because both were born to lead and will make good leaders.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 2

Wonderful little story. I like how Dreamflower portrays the two characters, especially Aragorn's wise words of advice. Well done!