Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Palantir

Author: dancingkatz
Nominator: rhyselle
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Angst

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A ficlet written for Garden of Ithilien's 100 words a dy challenge Pippin, home in Tookland, has an uneasy night.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

At one point, Pippin and Gandalf described the urging to look into the palantir as an "itch," and the funny thing about itches is that they can return when you're least expecting them. Dancingkatz does an excellent job of portraying that with this little drabble. Pippin describes whispers that nudge while he's still awake, kind of like an itch that you can't reach. But it's the brief description of the dreams that make this drabble really come to life. The palantir of Pippin's dreams reveals his faults and his weaknesses, so the nights become haunted and discouraging instead of restful and rejuvenating. Superb examination of a character note that gets far too little attention.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

This is one scenario I suspect was all too likely to have proved true, with certain dreams lingering just under the surface, awaiting the least emotional discomfort before striking. Certainly Pippin's anticipation of what specifically they will show appears most probable! And I can so easily imagine him wishing this specific comfort! Very nice, DancingKatz!

Reviewed by: White Wolf -- Score: 3

This is a nice explanation for our curiosity about how the Palantir affected Pippin form his POV. I liked the reference to putting his ‘foolish’ memories in boxes on shelves in his mind. I also like the way he praises Diamond’s ability to give him peace. His doubt at the end is to be expected.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Intriguing and evocative ficlet about Pippin's memories, years later, of his Palantir visions. I like the contrast between his domestic happiness and love of his wife with the memories that still haunt him. The last line, with its hint of trauma that can never be completely forgotten, is perfect.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Indeed, Pippin's encounter with the Palantir had to have haunted him for the rest of his life. He was in contact with the mind of Sauron himself-- a horrific experience. I think what I really love about it is the evidence that it is the love of his wife that helps to keep the memory at bay.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 3

Poor Pip and the lesson he's learned the hard way. I had to smile at the longing for his Diamond, though. I find myself sleepless right now because that familiar scent isn't fresh and breathing beside me-- a great detail to include. Well done.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 2

Very compelling. You put so much imagery into so few words. My heart aches for poor Pippin alone in the dark with his memories and his old guilt. Excellent.

Reviewed by: WendWriter -- Score: 2

That's a neat little drabble, giving us a glimpse of the happy ever after while reminding us that those who were touched by evil had to live with the consequences thereof.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 2

Poor Pippin still haunted by the time he looked in the palantir. I hope he knows he helped Frodo in the long run, but seeing Sauron is enough to disturb anyone's sleep!