Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Jest in Time

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: Cathleen
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Pippin

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Why did Pippin ask that ridiculous question before the Fellowship left Rivendell? Merry is determined to find out. Movie-Verse Gapfiller.


Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

A little scene written for a "fix the movies" challenge, Cathleen takes on a puzzler: if Merry and Pippin were eavesdropping on the Council of Elrond and heard everything, why did Pippin ask "Where are we going?" I like the interaction between Merry and Pippin here-- Merry is in full older cousin mode, because he too was puzzled by Pippin's question. Pippin's answer, when it finally comes, makes perfect sense. It's clear that keeping Frodo's mind off his onerous task is Pippin's self-appointed mission. Yet, of course, Merry has a point as well. A good movie-verse "fix"!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

Good attempt to save Pippin's dignity - I think the movie makers relied a bit too much on him for comic relief and have mangled his character in the process. And I can see Pippin being this kind of person, who deliberately makes a fool of himself in order to lighten the mood.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

And had Pippin not taken upon himself the task of helping keep Frodo's heart light, to what might the older Hobbit might have fallen? It's not all thoughtlessness that motivates Peregrin Took to say and do as he does, after all. A much needed "fix" for a couple of distressing movie-verse moments,

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 3

This story is a nice explanation of Pippin's behavior at the Council of Elrond. It gives those of us who love book-Pippin a good reason for movie-Pippin's foolish actions. Thanks, Cathleen.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 2

Thank you for a believable reason for Pippin's dim-wittedness! Now if you'd just tackle the misuse of Gimli as comic relief, the movies would be half-way fixed for me.