Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Leaving Home

Author: annmarwalk
Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2008 Award Category: Races: Men: Steward's Family

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Six-year-old Elboron is his mother's joy and the apple of his father's eye. When a group of distinguished visitors arrive, competing for his parents' attention, much foot-stamping and tantrum-throwing ensues, until wise Eowyn and friends make it all better.


Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

if everything i read had to have deeper meanings, this story would be in so much trouble with the pscho analizers. but since i read to enjoy myself this story was pure mother-lode, pun not intended but not too bad either. eowyn is grown and has found her place in life and now we can all just follow along and wait for the laughs, she has had it with dark and dreary, and having a child has given her new purpose in life. jealousy is a hard thing to wrestle with and you have found a method of grappling that let's the rest of us sit on the side lines and call out advice to the particapate of our choice. and young elboron seems to want to test all the choices. by giving the solution you do, you move the oppenent into position to be a major ally and then you give him a unexpected oppenent that he won't want to challenge (at least not right now). i'm not sure if the authors write the blurps or not but i think next year i may start reading them earlier. several of the blurps i've read today just don't seem to be beneficial to attractong readers. i know my note to self when reading and evaluating choices seems so much more succent and i think if this is not long enough now i may hit the button and give it to you free of charge. as luck would have it by the time i wish you luck and long life our thousand characters will be spend and i won't have to be the spoiler/

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A delightful story of domesticity in Emyn Arnen, viewed through the eyes of Faramir and Eowyn's six-year-old son. I like the way that Elboron is written as slightly jealous of the attention given the visiting hobbits but also intrigued by them. The description of Eowyn's treatment of Merry's 'wound' is wonderful. And the end is heart-warming.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This was not what I expected from the summary, but nevertheless very enjoyable read. 'Distinguished visitors'. Ha, no wonder Elboron is confused. These two won't fit anything he knows about adults and important people. I loved the ending which revealed the reason that Eowyn gave Elboron leave for his big adventure.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

This is a very sweet tale and I really enjoyed it. The author has captured Merry and Pippin teasing but loving relationship, seen through Elboron's eyes, very well. I particularly liked Faramir's relationship with Elboron, the way he taught him through stories especially. That trip must have been a fantastic adventure for a six-year-old!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

It can be hard, being six--too big for some things, too small for most. Jealous because the Hobbits get to go out hiking with his father and he can't go. But then--a surprise! And, when he comes home again, he learns, there will be someone new to meet! A lovely tale of a few days' experiences told from Elboron's POV.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 3

Sweet and humorous! The child's perspective is handled well, and how clever of Eowyn to find a way to get an energetic and precocious little boy out of her hair for the birth and immediate aftermath. It's beautiful to see all the affection between family and friends presented through Elboron's eyes. And I dearly loved the tribute to Faramir's beloved Nanny.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

This story was sheer delight.Little Elboron was so real I felt he was in the room!I also loved your Faramir and Eowyn.It is not often one reads a story told from a child's point of view and this worked beautifully.A perfect gem!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 3

What a delightful little Elboron story - I daresay he'll be most relieved to find that court clothes are not that important in Rohan! And he'll have a tremendous time and make some marvellous memories, even if he will miss his Modor and Ada. Unsurprisingly, I loved the references to Nanny, who must be one of my favourite OCs of all time.