Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Misfit

Author: dancingkatz
Nominator: rhyselle
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Pippin - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for Garden of Ithilien's 100 words a day challenge Pippin, back home and feeling out of place has a talk with his father.


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

How indeed must it have been for Merry and Pippin, coming back from travail and war, back to the relatively peaceful Shire--once the ruffians were run off, at least? Pippin had expected to enjoy being able to relax and be a young Hobbit again, but it was not to be. The lasses of the Shire had become giggly in his presence, while his friends--well, now they seemed so focused on frivolous things! Had he truly changed so much, and what could be done about it? And here we have a very wise Paladin Took who sees to the heart of the matter and proposes a most appropriate suggestion, one that even Pippin appreciates the wisdom of. Very nicely done--I can truly appreciate this Paladin Took! Thank you, Danzingkat!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

Adjustment to coming home from all they experienced in the world had to be hard for all four hobbits, but Pippin, who had been forced to take on adult responsibilities must have found it very hard indeed to return to the role of a feckless tween. dancingkatz' Paladin is a very wise father, in seeing that Pippin not only needed to talk about what bothered him, but needed to do something about it as well. Pippin's confusion and disappointment are realistically shown, as well as how much he's grown and changed. A very nice conversation, and one that could easily have taken place.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 4

Sweet, touching, and very hobbity. You made the characters immensely likeable by feeding us little tidbits about them. Paladin sounds every inch the concerned father, but that Tookish 'edge' is still present in his voice, very appropriate for someone who doesn't feel out of his tweens despite holding such high office. Wonderfully done, even if the resolution seemed just a little sudden - but still fitting for such a short ficlet. Thank you for sharing this, I enjoyed it a lot.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

A very perceptive look at Pippin's adjustment to life at home after months of peril and war and sights most of the Shire-hobbits cannot even imagine. Excellent characterisation of Paladin; who, as a father and a Took, can imagine if not everything his son has endured, at least what his son is going through now. And Pippin shines here as a returning soldier, now tall and different, struggling to find his place in the land that was once home. The solution, or at least accommodation, to Pippin's misgivings, is quietly effective.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 4

This is a wonderful portrayal of Pippin. I love it when an author captures his intelligence and the maturity he found on the Quest. He really had to be a clever and capable hobbit if he became the best Thain in history, and he had to start somewhere. I am totally impressed with the way his feelings of being out of place are captured and the way his father understands him and what he really needs so well. Well done, Dancingkatz. If you keep writing Pippin like this, I'll keep reading.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 3

Dancingkatz's vision of life after the War for Pippin is insightful and intriguing. I particularly liked the kind and wise Paladin, and that his solution for Pippin was to give him more chores! There's a bit of a compassionate Tom Sawyer in this Thain.