I listened to Chapter 9 “Flotsam and Jetsam” of Book Three of The Lord of the Rings (the unabridged audiobook of The Two Towers read by Rob Inglis) and I realized I made a grave mistake in my fanfiction story. I hadn’t been listening very long on my drive to work this morning when I heard the following conversation:
‘And here also is your brooch, Pippin,’ said Aragorn. ‘I have kept it safe, for it is a very precious thing.’Tolkien, J.R.R, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter 9 “Flotsam and Jetsam”
‘I know,’ said Pippin. ‘It was a wrench to let it go; but what else could I do?’
‘Nothing else,’ answered Aragorn. ‘One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters. You did rightly.’
I immediately realized I had completely forgotten the return of the brooch to Pippin by Aragorn when they were reunited at the gates of Isengard. If I do decide to write a final draft of my Pippin short story, I will have to adjust it a bit to match the above.