Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Matter of Perspective

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: Pearl Took
2009 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Family - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Great Aunt Pringle Took is quite the eccentric hobbit. Did falling out of a tree years ago make her 'simple' or did it enhance her gift of the Tookish "Sight"? Or is she simply having one over on the rest of the family? Either way, Pippin is still having a difficult time understanding his aunt and the mysterious Second Sight.


Reviewed by: Pearl Took -- Score: 7

Dear Auntie Pringle! She is quite the eccentric Took. Pringle Took, is a hobbitess who talks to birds . . . and understands them! Her mad chase after a flock of ducklings results in her falling into a pond at the Whitwell farm while visiting there for the birthday of little Holly Took. She has accused the ducklings of spreading rumors about her to the goslings. Pippin, oddly enough, has difficulties dealing with Auntie Pringle. She had always been strange but was more so after having an accident where she fell out of a tree and landed on her head. After that, she began to say she heard voices and see visions. Everyone thinks it's just the Took-sight, but Pippin thinks she is only pretending as it didn't start until after her accident? Will Pippin ever be comfortable around his Auntie Pringle? We will have to hope for further adventures to come our way from the capable, entertaining pen of author Cathleen!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

Eccentric family members are always good for entertainment, but Cathleen goes even further in this story and provides both mystery and legend to enhance the tale. Great Aunt Pringle plays her role nicely, and though there are hints and suppositions aplenty, Cathleen still leaves the question up in the air as to whether she's putting on an act, whether she's inherited the "sight," or whether she really is still suffering from falling on her head. The interaction with Pippin made for a nice element, and Merry's interaction with Rory, Bilbo, and Pippin was a great way to draw other characters in, making for a more ensemble story that spanned a bigger chunk of the Shire.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Be careful what you suggest to Paladin Took's young son, as he is likely to take you totally literally, as he does when it is suggested he develop a new perspective on life and look at things from a different angle. This succession of looks at him doing just that is delightfully told. Cathleen's love of exploring the life of young Peregrine Took is infectious, and I find I never tire of it. Very nicely and imaginatively done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Cathleen's OFC, Pippin's eccentric Great-aunt Pringle is an intriguing character who's featured in a few of her stories. Pippin always displays a certain amount of both trepidation and annoyance around her, and Cathleen explores the reasons for his fears in this story. I hope someday to "hear" the rest of Great-auntie Pringle's backstory.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

I remember being intrigued when I first read this story about the eccentric aunt. Quite the character! Like Dreamflower, I think it would be interesting to read more of the backstory.