Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To Tell a Tale

Author: Anso the Hobbit/Beruthiel/Bodkin/Dreamflower/Elendiari22/Jay of Lasgalen/Lindelea/Pearl Took/pipkinsweetgrass/Rabidsamfan/Shirebound CoAuthors
Nominator: pipkinsweetgrass
2006 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Medium Length
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: This is a group effort, first posted on LJ, based on the premise: After the Coronation of the King, Pippin, having neglected a cold, falls seriously ill. Elessar, acting in his capacity as healer, decrees that the young hobbit must stay in bed. Of course the young and restless hobbit is chafing to get up just as soon as he's feeling a little better... How to keep him resting quietly? A fine problem for the newly-crowned King to tackle! Authors include, in order of posting: Lindelea, Shirebound, Beruthiel, Elendiari, Bodkin, Dreamflower, Pearl Took, Rabidsamfan, Anso the Hobbit, and Pipkin Sweetgrass


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 10

An entertaining set of vignettes! Even Pippin will bow to the power of a good story, and as the other characters--members of the Fellowship or else more recent friends made in Minas Tirith--go in and out of the sickroom, they never fail to come bearing tales, or else to listen when one's told. I liked that inversion with Faramir--one would expect him to be the one telling the story, given his artistic predilections and general captainly instincts when it comes to caring for his men, but then, too, he knows how to listen very well. Bergil's tale--or rather, the [lead] had me laughing. Huzzah of tales of transvestite valor--one might almost think that superstition or fortune was getting its own back with Aragorn for being a bit too clever. Nice transposition of the movie!Merry-and-Pippin's firework story to Bilbo and Adelgrim, and I loved Ioreth's constant presence and designation of her charges as 'lambs' (despite all evidence to the contrary). Fitting that she should have the last word (thus far), where we find that habit goes back a long way, and that she should bring Boromir in by proxy to bring Pippin some cheer. Nice to see, too, that Boromir had other talents, also artistic, that simply went unknown once his war-years began.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a neat little story. All of the characterizations are pretty true to what Tolkien wrote, but some of the stories are what are particularly precious. I particularly liked Bergil's one about Thorongil. Now that was silly!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

The stories in this collection of ficlets are imaginative, humorous, and delightful; and the entire scenario of keeping Pippin abed to heal from a bad infection by various people telling him tales is a perfect setting for the telling.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

A wonderful premise, and I enjoyed all of the stories told to entertain Pippin! A terrific collaboration!