It explained everything! The affinity and second hand embarrassment that I felt whenever Gandalf, or someone else, said something mean about Pippin were because I often felt the same way. He is a brilliant character who experiences a lot of growth over the length of the quest, especially considering he's supposed to be the equivalent of a seventeen year old kid.
A Certain Kind of Intelligence
|Hater's gonna hate.|
Billy Boyd is such a gem.
In the book, the room with the well is described as having a giant hole in the middle of the floor that's leaking chill. Pippin is described as the only one lying awake thinking that the hole is practically begging him to come look inside. So he goes over and looks; he's curious if there's water in the well (because most of the water in Moria is undrinkable, and if this were, it would be fantastic), so he drops the smallest rock he can find into the expanse. He thinks that he hears a hammer in the distance, and then Gandalf utters his famous, "Fool of a Took" line, therefore assigning Pippin to first watch. It should also be noted that Gandalf feels bad for being too harsh with him and relieves him soon after, as well as the fact that the Goblin attack doesn't occur for two more days. I have read the books enough times to sit here with you for hours and talk about the necessary richness the books add to the films.
|Disappointing Gandalf: Ten times worse than disappointing Grandpa|
|A good hobbit lass never leaves home without her pipe, or her partner in crime. Not pictured: our other two hobbit friends.|
|Billy and Dom's real friendship makes their onscreen one even more special|
|Me too Pip, me too|
Pippin displays the special kind of intelligence that the quest needed all along. Sure, he may be lighthearted and somewhat naive, but I think that overall that is a good thing. There is something to be said for those who don't let a bitter world ruin their sweet nature. One of my favorite moments in The Return of the King demonstrates what film Gandalf refers to as "a fool's hope," which in itself is a reference to Pippin's earlier comment: "No, my heart will not yet despair. Gandalf fell and has returned and is with us. We may stand, if only on one leg or at least be left still upon our knees."
|I love this quote so much that I have to instagram it every time I come to it.|
Just as Gandalf says, it is up to us to figure out how we are going to use our time on this earth. With that in mind, I'd say having a pint with friends every once in a while and being willing to admit your own faults sounds like a heck of a good use of time.
What qualities do you find admirable in Peregrin Took?