Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Hearth Companions

Author: Alawa

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A woman of Minas Tirith goes about her business in the aftermath of the Siege of Gondor.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

Wow, emotional and touching but not overly...sticky. I mean, I think you captured the essence of all those left behind in a battle, and the survivors. They recognize the sacrifices that were made, and honor them, but know that they need to get on with their lives, so they do.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

Wow. Can a story be both chilling and heart-warming at the same time? This one is. The care this cart driver gives to the dead is heart-warming, the amount of dead chilling. The way the narrator speaks of the fires so absently, without emotion, and yet, you hear the weariness that has distanced an emotion that was there. Heart-warming.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: N/A

Nice work. It's nice to see an OFC who does not feel at all Sueish but at least fits nearly seamlessly into the established world.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Alawa's OFC working the field, carting bodies to the pyres does a lovely job of juxtaposing her previous journeys delivering goods in her cart with the grim duty of porting the dead to the funeral fires. Sympathetic and bittersweet look at the aftermath of the fields, and even if Halbarad STILL DOESN'T GET MENTIONED BY NAME, we know who it is that Aragorn watches for at the pyre.

Reviewed by: Lady Aranel -- Score: N/A

I was completly blindsided here. When I began to understand what the woman's burden was, I got gooseflesh. I've never read Alawa's stories before and this morning, I just picked it out of the blue because the summary was interesting. Short and concise. The OC is believable as a woman of her class to just do what needs doing, yet such an undertone makes the dawn of realization of her task almost chilling. Her observation of the Captain, forthright and matter of fact with a bit of curiousity, very believable... A little surprise for me, and a glad one, to find this fic!

Reviewed by: Elanor -- Score: N/A

Woah, that was a nice surprise. I did not like "Keepers of the Hearth " though people I highly esteem have recommended it to me. For me it was too conventional. But this piece truly agrees with me. I can feel the inner thinking, the remembrances, the cart going down through the streets of Minas Tirith. And then I'm surprised by what she is carting down. That for me is a realistic LotR story. Well done. "For none should lie cold and alone until time turns them into a stranger. Not while those fires remain." For me this is beautiful. I found a new author to follow. Thanks to the nominator.

Reviewed by: Avonaus -- Score: N/A

If you only ever read one Original Female Character make this it. Its another story which could stand on its own merits without the backing of Lord of the Rings. She is such a believable character and the whole society is captured and made real in very few words. Love it.