Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Magpies and Rhymes

Author: Acacea

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Noisy birds in Minas Tirith trigger memories and raise hope for a brief moment - Faramir, Denethor and a long forgotten rhyme.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui -- Score: N/A

A Lovely story of Faramir and his glimpse of magpies as they cry outside the window, reminding him of a childhood rhyme that he and his brother learned long ago. Interesting use of a Scottish folktale, where the magpie is a symbol of foretelling, and how chilling, when a single bird remains as he and Denethor hear the distant sound of Boromir's horn.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

Chilling and foreboding. I loved the use of a children's rhyme, and I enjoyed seeing Denethor and Faramir together and not at one another's throats. It's a moment when they can both agree on something. Unfortunately, that something is not particularly pleasant. No matter what, it seems they'll always be marred.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Lovely foreboding. I liked the use to which the rhyme was put; rarely has a magpie been so threatening. This is a fictional space I don't often see authors write in: the hearing of Boromir's horn in Gondor gets received with appropriate gravity. Great mood writing!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

I honestly don't know what the magpies have to do with that rhyme. Is it real? Or made up for this story? Anyway, I like the foreboding of the magpies when put with the rhyme. Three for a letter, but one for sorrow. And it was sorry in the end.