Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Pennies for a Sunny Day

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: Cathleen
2006 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age: The Shire

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Young Pippin visits Bag End, much to his mother's delight and his cousins' trepidation.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

A very hobbity tale of our favourite young hobbits having fun! This is my absolute favourite story by Cathleen. Little Pippin comes to Bag End for a whole week. Merry is also visiting, and at first is not pleased to have to share his time with Frodo, but he quickly gets past his annoyance. It is the middle of a heat wave, and all three cousins, together with Sam, take a picnic down to the Water for the day. They have a wonderful time, especially when Pippin produces a small bow and some arrows, a gift from his father. All of them enjoy the toy, but Merry is especially delighted, and when the others go off in the little boat, he stays behind, ostensibly to swim. This is my favourite part of the story. I absolutely love Merry here. Once the others have disappeared, he takes up the bow and arrows and *plays*. Really plays. It is such a delight to see Merry, who is usually seen to be more staid and serious even at this age, really let go and have a great time, even if he can’t reveal this side of himself to his friends without being self-conscious because he feels he is too old for this sort of thing. He has a simply grand time stalking dragons through the woods and playing at being an adventurer. I know that his loyalty and love for Frodo was the main reason that he went on the Quest, but I know that he had this spirit of adventure in him as well, compelling him to go, and this part of his personality is brilliantly shown here. The characterisations and dialogue are well-written, and so are the descriptions. I could see the events playing out perfectly, particularly this scene with Merry, and the scene early in the story where Pippin is endeavouring to lay hands on his penny jar. I love that the title of this story is a saying from the Shire, the converse of our “pennies for a rainy day”. It is a much more optimistic saying, and a very suitable one for hobbits!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 3

Pippin's sisters - and parents - could clearly do with a rest from their youngest family member. Frogs, indeed! Merry and Frodo regarding his visit with some trepidation doesn't surprise me in the least! Pippin is a very wearing young hobbit! But they manage to deal with him very well - and I'm sure they'll soon decide they wouldn't want to be without him!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This is a very cute story of little Pippin, who is just full of mischief and energy. I like his imaginative turn of mind, and the way he automatically assumes that his idea of fun is everyone's! And the idea of pennies for a sunny day is darling.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

My favourite part of this tale is when Merry is off playing alone in the woods. We don't often see this side of him in fanfic and I thought that Cathleen captured his personality well.