Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Somewhere to Belong

Author: Lily Baggins
Nominator: Ariel
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Pre-Quest

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Pippin's visit causes Frodo to think about his childhood and the place he belongs to.

Reviewed by: Mechtild -- Score: 10

This story has a really strong opening. The image of Frodo with his head against the glass, looking out into the rainy night of a cold June sets the mood well. From there, you went right into Frodo having to cope with a suddenly very ill Pippin, left in his care. I felt as distressed as the young heir of Bag End. Then the extreme illness of Pippin, along with the child’s natural openness, created the opportunity you needed for Pippin to feel free to ask the questions that would allow Frodo (and the reader) take a closer look at his feelings about the loss of his parents and his happy life with them. I loved this beautifully observed image of Frodo looking at the framed picture of his family…. [Frodo drew a gentle finger across the features of Drogo and Primula Baggins. He always did that when looking at their happy faces. Pippin followed his example. “They look awfully nice.”] But I thought the story lost a little of its intensity when you switched to your flashback section, which seemed more sketchily indicated than your beginning. For example, you wrote…. [Yet it was only through Bilbo that Frodo had been able to make peace with himself and there were no words that would ever describe how grateful he was for that.] I thought, “Ah ha! Now we will have a juicy section showing how Bilbo did this (helped Frodo make peace with his loss).” But there was no such section. Instead, you sent us back into the narrative present, Frodo with Pippin curled up in his lap, and Frodo resolving that his true home was now at Bag End with Bilbo. While that was a perfectly wise and just observation on Frodo’s part, I would have liked to see more of how he came to that conclusion. That is, I would like to have had more detail on how Frodo came to terms with being an orphan, and how Bilbo helped him make peace with losing his parents. Just my nosey-parker opinion, of course.

Reviewed by: Ariel -- Score: 5

I have watched this author mature for a very long time and it continues to amaze me the grasp this non-native English speaker has of a language not her own. This story details the thoughts a very canon-Frodo has towards his coming to have a place to call home after a tumultuous youth spent in Buckland. Her characters are believable and empathetic and the actions are believable as well. I remembered being surprised at how mature and well thought out this story is, especially knowing what a relatively young (to me at least) writer Lily is. This story is a very neat glimpse of a rapidly emerging talent's talent. Definitely worth a read.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

A lovely and sad story--Frodo is baby-sitting little Pippin, who is sick. While comforting his little cousin, Pippin learns for the first time of Frodo's parents. Their exchange and Frodo's private thoughts are just lovely, and very much in character.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Pippin is ill and staying at Bag End with Frodo and Bilbo; and in missing his own parents reawakens Frodo's memories of his own. Very sad, and yet thoughtful and reassuring at the same time.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 2

Moving story, both Frodo's recollections of the death of his parents, and his interaction with Pippin. The surroundings are described clearly and evocatively.