Back in the Shire, Merry has to confront how much the experiences of their journey changed both Pippin and himself.
"Well here we are, just the four of us that started out together," said Merry. "We have left all the rest behind, one after another. It seems almost like a dream that has slowly faded." (Return of the King, Ch. 7 "Homeward Bound"): There are memories which cannot be left behind, dreams which will not fade.
Mithril Awards 2005 - Runner-up: Romance/Erotica - Slash