I never understood why people cared so much about their dumb hobbits until I got dumb hobbits myself. I've only had Frodo and Sam for a day and a half, but if anything happened to them, I would kill everyone in this room and then myself.
So imagine that Aragorn invited Pippin, Merry and Sam and their families to Gondor after a few years. Faramir is waiting and suddenly a little kid ran past him and Pippin yelles “Faramir!” and both of them goes “yes?” and that’s how Faramir knows that Pippin named his little tiny hobbit kid with his name and he goes to Eowyn with teary eyes and yells from the halls. “MY LOVE WE ARE GONNA HAVE ANOTHER SON AND WE ARE GOING TO NAME HIM PEREGRIN!”
Right. I’m gonna talk about a slightly different franchise and topic for a moment now.
You can all have your Legolas and your Aragorn (they’re both great, ngl) but my personal favs are Merry and Pippin, and this scene kinda exemplifies why (at least in Merry’s case)
Let us appreciate Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck in this scene – he’s a hobbit, like he’s tiny, and he’s staring at an absolutely enormous talking tree ent (SEVERAL ENTS ACTUALLY) and shouting at it (them) angrily.
“This is not our war” “But you’re part of this world!” – Look at my smol hobbit husband, putting these ents in their place.
If you look at the context proceeding this scene, he and Pippin have been a) separated from their cousin/friends Frodo and Sam, b) separated from the Fellowship where they were pretty well-protected by an Elf, Men and a Dwarf (and a wizard) and c) abducted and mistreated by Uruk-hai/Orcs. Merry has been through enough – most hobbits would probably want to just go home and not continue on this adventure…but he wants to do the right thing, he wants to help his friends and family.
“You are young and brave, Master Merry” – I have literally been saying this for YEARS. Everyone talks about how brave Frodo and Sam are as hobbits, but hardly anyone says it about Merry?!?
(admittedly I was biased as I have a crush on Dom Monaghan oops)
Merry’s real sad look when Treebeard says he should go home is really heart-breaking – at this point he’s probably thinking “right, well, there’s not a lot I can do really – I’m only a hobbit” but at the same time he wants to do something. He’s so conflicted about what he could possibly do.
BLESS MY OTHER SMOL HUSBAND PIPPIN COMFORTING HIS BIG COUSIN MERRY
“It’s too big for us… What can we do in the end?” – again, they’ve got to be the shortest and stoutest race in Middle-Earth; they are not trained for battles or war but for farming and a quiet life. Hobbits enjoy food, drink and pipe-weed – they don’t learn to use swords or weapons.
I just really love Merry? He’s realistic about how war spreads and effects even the most unassuming of creatures – “the fires of Isengard will spread and burn the woods of Tuckborough and Buckland” (A/N: Tuckborough is where the Tooks are from and Buckland is where the Brandybucks reside, if I remember correctly). He KNOWS that the war will eventually come and destroy the quiet life of the Shire.
I probably spelt “Tuckborough” wrong but I’m too lazy to look it up.
Merry isn’t looking for glory at all – he just doesn’t want the Shire to burn and be contaminated by evil.
And I think that’s when Pippin – who, in the books, is underage – gets it too, that this war is more than about the “Big Folk”; the Shire and Hobbiton will be ruined too.
I just love Merry and I think he deserves more love!
“Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and six meals a day (when they could get them).” - Concerning Hobbits