Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Short Cut

Author: Garnet Took
Nominator: pippinfan88
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Friendship

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: There's a reason Pippin believes that "Short cuts make long delays".


Reviewed by: pippinfan88 -- Score: 5

This is a wonderful story in that Merry thinks he's 'all that and a bag of chips, too' with regard to reading maps and finding his way through short cuts. Rather than listen to the very one who would most likely be familiar with his father's favourite places to hide--or fish, Merry takes it upon himself to navigate through the unfamiliar territory without any assistance until he finally gives in. Hence, Pippin gets the upper hand in the deal, and poor Merry's balloon is deflated just a bit. In the end, the pair still has fun and gets home safely. A very lovely story!

Reviewed by: Budgielover -- Score: 5

I loved the simplicity of this story, the enjoyment of the day in absolute hobbit-way, and in the relationship between these two young cousins. The way that Pippin looks up to his big cousin, and Merry's automatic acceptance of that adoration, comprises the ideal of every loving relationship between children. The dialogue between elder and younger is delightful, echoing that used by Professor Tolkien, but fresh and sweet and somehow very hobbit-ish. This story allows the reader to enjoy the peace of hobbit-life along with the characters, and share in their little adventure, a third, silent party to a wonderful day.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 3

Excellent sketch of the relationship between the two cousins. Your hobbits are very hobbity, with their light talk in a worrying circumstance. I love "cheeky Pippin" especially, and it is nice to see him rescuing Merry for a change.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A cute little pre-Quest story, in which Pippin gets a chance to prove Merry wrong for once. I really like Pippin's thoughts in this one, especially about telling Merry he's wrong.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

Poor Merry, so sure of himself! I loved Pippin's thought that [There were things even a foolhardy soul like himself didnít do, and one of those was telling Merry Brandybuck he was wrong.] I loved when Pippin finally put his foot down and Merry meekly admitted he was lost!

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

Merry can be very stubborn! Good thing he has Pippin along to set him straight. I really enjoyed this story.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 1

A delightful look at Pippin managing to show up his beloved cousin Merry one day.