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Times and Troubles  by Lily Dragonquill 3 Review(s)
demeter dReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/28/2006
Lovely, Lily! the ending is indeed, very "Pippin".I remember something Gandalf said about Merry after Theoden's death. It was something about his sorrows teaching him wisdom and compassion. I believe Pippin continued to grow in a similar manner. And I loved your descriptions of sibling rivalry. I do not remember being that mean to my younger sisters. But my own three children,(who are now all grown,)could be perfectly horrible to each other! Lovely story.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I don't have any siblings but I remember being very mean to my younger cousin and being treated the same way by him :)

I like to show how much Pippin grew during the quest. Yet I think there are parts of him which will always be the same.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/28/2006
That's how it always goes with older sisters and little brothers.
After some time of quarreling they come to understand and love each other again. That's my own experience, for I have a little brother, too ;-)

What I liked most was the moment, when Pippin stood at the doorstep, a tall warrior clad in black with the Silver-Tree on his breast and a sword at his side. But when he heard Vinca breathe his name, his reply was so very Pippin:

"Hullo, Vinca. I hope you've missed me."

Thank you, Lily!

Author Reply: I might not have a younger brother (or any siblings for that matter) but I have a younger cousin I grew up with - and we quarelled until blood was shed. We had verbal fights as well as "fist fights" but we had a happy ending too. No one could keep a secret as well as he did. And I remember many a moment when I received the punch previously aimed at my cousin.

Thank you so much, dear. Posting new stories wouldn't be half as much fun if not for your comments - and you never miss a fic or chapter! I'm glad you enjoyed the ending for this is somehow what I wrote all this for: to show that, in the end, Pippin might have changed but had not lost all his innocence (and sense for mischief) as Frodo had.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/28/2006
I loved Vinca's perspective on her irritating little brother - and the doings in the Shire.

The haircut, though. I'm surprised Pippin survived that to become a responsible Knight of Gondor and Thain. And that his father didn't end up on the receiving end of Eglantine's wrath. That was BAD!

Author Reply: I'm sure, both Pippin and Paladin were at the receiving end of Eglantine's and Vinca's wrath for quite a while. Yet Pervinca did not dwell on it, at least not when remembering it during the Troubles :)

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