Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Safe and Sound

Author: Anso the Hobbit
Nominator: pippinfan88
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A small gap-filler from Helm's Deep after Gandalf has ridden off with Pippin and Merry is left with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas.


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 7

This is a very insightful piece where Anso gives us insight in how Éowyn. Legolas and Gimli all developed a relationship with Merry. Gimli’s voice in this piece is simply wonderful. His observations are astute and his logic honest. He wants the best for Merry and turns to his friend Legolas for advise. Legolas tries to sooth Merry’s nightmare with a song, but Éowyn’s contribution to this was equally touching. The visual that Anso gives us, shows the reader three characters who deeply care for Merry who feels all alone now that Pippin is gone. Éowyn cradles Merry and her reasoning of Merry’s character gives me as a reader a very good reason why she later on in the story lets Merry ride with her as Dernhelm. This is a great story where Anso brings these three character to life and sheds a life on Merry’s misery during that first night and I so feel for the little hobbit. This story is written with love for Anso’s characters, which shines through in this piece: half asleep or not!

Reviewed by: pippinfan88 -- Score: 4

This is a beautiful story where Gimli, Legolas, and Eowyn share their thoughts on the young hobbit in their company, who is asleep, safe and sound. Much of it surrounds a very homesick Merry, his nightmares, and the author even touches upon that the Dwarf is missing home just a little bit. I rather liked that--I can't say that I've read a story that depicted Gimli as missing his kin. A very delightful tale and I absolutely enjoyed reading it!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Each of those involved survived, but none came away unchanged from what they'd been when they joined the Fellowship or actively entered this final struggle; nor were their lands untouched. But peace comes with love, and joy is oft found in the morning, tis said. A lovely piece, Anso.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Merry h/c, this author's specialty. As he suffers a restless night after being separated from Pippin after the palantir incident, Legolas, Gimli and Eowyn seek to comfort him. Each of his comforters is touched by poor Merry's distress, and impressed by his courage.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

I really like the way that Gimli is written in this story. He is a dwarf through and through, but one that has been tempered by his long journey with young hobbits. The mention that on their travels [He could remember several occasions where a small body - usually Pippin followed by Merry - would snuggle up beside him for warmth] and that Gimli had taken notice of Merry’s sleeping habits [The little head was almost buried beneath the blanket as was Merry’s wont] shows the deep friendship existing between them.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

Though Merry is the central character in this tale, it is the others that really shine here, especially Gimli. I really enjoyed the glimpses we get into his friendship with Merry. This is very sweet and nicely told.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 2

This author always writes Merry with such insight and such care. In this story I was very fond of her Gimli as well. This is lovely from start to finish!