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Twice Twenty  by Dreamflower 6 Review(s)
Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 23 on 3/11/2006
:) Poor Pip! This seems very in character. And it just isn't fair that those elves can be so much more comfortable than we poor mortals, is it? *grin*
God bless,

Author Reply: Yes, poor Pip. While he usually is the cheerful one, he is only a tweenager, and sometimes that entails indulging oneself in misery. And, no I am *quite* sure it seems completely unfair, especially when one is cold and miserable and wants a fire.

GryffinjackReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/16/2005
Just like a tweenager, to harp on a particular thought and not let it go! Not that I blame Pippin, as cold and miserable as he was. Still, you have to give him credit - he didn't complain about it to the others, although Merry, of course, knew exactly what he was thinking.

The unusual thing here is that the always cheery Pippin is the one who needed the cheering. And I quite agree with Pippin - it never seemed fair to me either that everyone else was freezing, exhausted, and miserable except for Legolas, who was running along like the wind without the slightest discomfort. The elf should have been shot.

"His cousin was trying to cheer him up. Pippin didnít want to be cheered up. He wanted to be cross. He wanted a fire."

lol! I love the Pippin's persistence. We've all had those times where we just want to stay mad and don't want to be cheered up. Great job capturing Pippin's moody side.

Author Reply: Yes, this is his adolescent, not-quite-yet grown side coming out.

Pippin is usually the cheery one. In fact, I think he considers himself the "morale officer" of the Company. But even he had to have his moments of being cross and out of sorts, especially on a journey like this. If *I* think Gandalf was being unreasonable about fire, well, I can just imagine what the hobbits must have thought.

As to Legolas, well, he can't help being an Elf, but I think perhaps he could have been a tad less smug about it.

There's this country song by Teri Clark: "I Just Want to Be Mad for a While". I think everyone knows how that feels from time to time, and this was just Pippin's turn.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 23 on 10/2/2005
"Pippin didnít want to be cheered up."


I love your understanding Merry.

Author Reply: Yes, all of us have moments like that, don't we. To quote the country song "I just want to be mad for a while", LOL!

And of course, Pip's usually the one doing the cheering up. I'm sure that at times he just got a little tired of it.

Merry does understand Pippin. He didn't try to tell him he wasn't miserable, but just to come snuggle up and get as warm as was possible.

(Somehow I missed seeing a whole batch of reviews. Sorry for the belated response!)

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 23 on 10/1/2005
Poor Pip! I can sympathise with that feeling of being cold and wet and miserable. Loved the repetition - tweenage moaning! :-)) Very sweet.

Sorry I didn't review earlier. RL got in the way - had to have one of my beloved cats (the model for Rufus) put to sleep yesterday.

Author Reply: Oh, poor you! (((hugs))) Last year, on New Year's Day, we had to do the same thing. Not fun.

Yes, Pippin doesn't do a lot of that on the Quest--he's trying to prove how mature he is after all, but sometimes, he just can't help it. He's usually the one to cheer everyone else up, but he has his moments, like everyone else.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 23 on 9/30/2005
Of course he wished they could have a fire. Poor dearling. And love Merry trying to cheer him up by bumping shoulders and suggesting getting under the blankets and warming up that way.

Author Reply: Yes, poor thing.

Well, Merry knew what would work on him. Pippin doesn't often need cheering; usually it's the reverse, but when he does, nobody can do it like Merry.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 23 on 9/30/2005
I like the repetition - it's just the way a tweenager can keep harping on an idea. And the pleasures brought by the fire, small as they are, would make all the difference to a weary, cold, wet, young hobbit far from home.

And I can so understand getting cross with the elf, just because he didn't get cold and wet and hungry and dirty.

But at least he has Merry and Frodo and Sam.

Author Reply: Yes, tweens (or human teens) can certainly do that. Poor Pippin, usually he was the one to cheer everyone else up, but sometimes he just had to be miserable. And like any tweenager, misery *really* loves company. I am quite sure he didn't understand Gandalf's reluctance to have a fire (*I* certainly don't, and I'm not even travelling with them. Gandalf occasionally seemed a tad insensitive to mortal discomforts. Yet we know from what JRRT said, that he most certainly felt them himself. Odd, that.)

As for cross with the Elf, that was a bit of me getting in there. I have to confess to a certain amount of envious crossness with one of my neighbors, who not only suffered no storm damage, but within three days of the storm had his yard as perfect and pristine as always, while we *still* are waiting for our debris to go away.

And Pippin always has Merry and Frodo and Sam...and in a few days, he'll be the one cheering *them* up again...

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