Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

My Sword Weeps

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: agape4gondor
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Boromir or Faramir - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Novel
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Difficult times for young ones. Capture by Orcs. Death.
Summary: Gondor and its Steward are rocked by the death of Denethor and others. A journey is started from two ends of Middle-earth to try to help Faramir. Takes place in the year TA 2989. AU.


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 10

This is such an amazing tale, it really does make me weep – not simply because it has its moments of sorrow, but also because it is so beautifully and gloriously epic! That kind of tale makes me cry every time. What is amazing about this story in particular, is that it is so familiar in many ways, and yet also very much new and unexpected. The characters are ones the reader knows well, and through this tale the reader gets to know these familiar characters even better and more fully and deeply. But the reader soon discovers that these inhabitants of Middle-earth are dealing with different situations, different conflicts, different sorrows than the ones a reader of Tolkien has grown accustomed to. That is what makes this story so appealing and fresh; it is most definitely a brand new tale involving our favorite people, coping with new adventures and new friendships, even while dealing with the same enemies. There are new, original characters in this tale, as well, and they are marvelous! Each one is very true to the spirit and style of Tolkien himself, and it always surprises me to not find them within the pages of Tolkien’s works. I love the ending of this story especially. The previous tale in this series ended with a shocking death and an intolerable loss – but the poignant and touching way this sequel ends consoles me in that loss. It is beautifully written and fittingly brings me to weeping, because it is so lovely! The entire story is one of adventure and suspense, of loss and of salvation, and it is definitely a tale to be read more than once and savored.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

Agape4gondor, i am going to have to go back and find the rest of this series once i finish my reviews for all the ones i intend to vote for. i think that the plot you have choosen is one of very unique and maybe even sinister design, i wonder just how far you will carry this thread out. you have the beginnings of a very elaborate alternative universe and i hope i get to walk along these paths you are forging for quite a while longer. i think that every fan fiction is truthfully off canon, just because it was written. i find that most authors have little interest in sustaining a story for longer than necessary before trying to turn back to tolkiens tale. you have really burnt your bridges big time. please keep this story up at least a while longer, let us see how and to what degree this changes our young fellow. he has already faced so much trials isn't it time to have him take on the easier role of an at home in charge of it all person,cause you kinow that there are still lots of problems and troubles in that direction too. i got a kick out of how you handle the part where all the players are trying to figure out who's who, who's where, and which side is really which. i like the fact that you let an established pair take the if you can't take care of yourself why are we here position. it lightened a truly dire situation to only catastrophic not total doom.

Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 9

This is the second in agape’s AU “Sword” series and continues where [“My Sword Sings”] left off. Gondor is still reeling from the deaths of Denethor and Boromir and little Faramir is catatonic, overcome by grief and what appears to be a spell laid upon him by his enemies. Indis, Faramir’s aunt and regent, having heard of a legendary healer somewhere in the north, devises a desperate plan to save her nephew in spite of the misgivings of her friends and advisors. Meanwhile, Aragorn, having been apprised of what has happened, rushes towards Gondor in the hopes that he will be able to help save one whom he greatly cares for, for Faramir is his Steward until such time as he is ready to claim the throne as King. In a race against time and the machinations of Gondor’s enemies, two people set out from opposite ends of Middle-earth for the sake of a small child, a child who will someday play an important role in the history of Middle-earth - if he survives. This is a wonderful tale full of suspense and some surprises along the way. If you enjoyed agape’s first “Sword” story you will enjoy this one and if you’ve never read the series before, you’re in for a treat, but make sure you read the first story or much of this one will make no sense.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

This ambitious and complex tale is the second entry in Agape's AU "My Sword" series. Things have gone from bad (the murders of two Stewards in the first story) to worse (the illness of the latest, and most fragile, Steward of Gondor, six-year-old Faramir). The heroine, Denethor's fierce sister Indis, sets out on a desperate journey to find help for her stricken nephew... I like the plotline of the parallel quests - Indis is seeking help for Faramir by journeying towards RIvendell while Aragorn is traveling from Rivendell to help the sick child. Agape writes a suspenseful story, full of angst, cliff-hangers, magic, treachery, and battle.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

A most interesting might-have-been. Faramir is in a state of near catatonia after the murder first of his father and then his brother. and his aunt decides to take him north in hopes of finding the legendary domain of the healer Elrond, just as one of those trained by Elrond heads south, having experienced foresight that his help is needed by Gondor. Saruman's forces, however, are hoping to capture the young Steward of Gondor and his companions; and Aragorn is joined by his Elven brothers just in time for the three together to face the White Wizard himself. Spells and treachery, poisons and power all play their part in this story. A wonderful AU adventure.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

This AU is fascinating: what if Denethor had been slain when Boromir and Faramir were still very young, only a year or so after their mother's death? And what if Boromir was killed soon after, leaving only little Faramir to inherit the Steward's Rod? The story is very harrowing and angsty, as we follow the efforts of Faramir's Aunt Indis, who is his Regent, to save him from dying as well. The story is quite plot driven, and an engrossing read, and kept me hitting the "next" button for hour after hour. I look forward to seeing more of this fascinating AU. I hope that Agape will eventually show us how this will impact the War of the Ring.