Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: agape4gondor
2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Novel
Rating: Mature -- Reason for Rating: Graphic violence.
Summary: Begins in 2930 - ends with Denethor's death in 3019. Still adding TA 3017, 3018 and 3019. Denethor - from birth onward... How he became the Twenty-sixth Ruling Steward of Gondor and through to his untimely death (NOT movie based).


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 10

I truly cannot praise this epic tale highly enough! It is simply glorious! Being an intense fan myself of all things Gondorian, I truly relish all the things that can be learned about the culture and the way of life in Gondor which are provided in this story. The tale is rich in details that make the story live Ė it is obvious that the author, Agape4gondor, is thorough and inspired in her research! But the real wonder of the tale lies in the characters. Denethor is a most complex individual, yet Agape treats him with insight and tenderness so that we slowly but surely come to understand the complexities of what makes him the powerful and honorable man that he is. We love him, we ache for him, we cheer for him, we feel sad for him. So much loss endured, so many cares that wear him down, yet he is strong in spite of it. The later chapters with Boromir and Faramir are simply wonderful. I love their relationship and canít get enough of their times together. We learn much about these two brothers as well, why their brotherly love endures all tests, and how much they care for their father and want to see him succeed and be at peace. It is sad knowing what will eventually come to this precious family, and yet I am not afraid to go there with Agape4gondor as my guide, because I know she will treat that which is difficult and heartbreaking with as much sympathy and care as she does the happy times that Denethor and his dear ones experience. This is truly a tale worth telling, and a story worth reading! I relish every word, and look forward to more!

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 10

What a treat it is to become an official MEFA junkie with this review for one of my absolute favorite stories of the whole competition. For anyone who likes to dwell for days and weeks steeped in Gondor culture, Agape's novel is a dream come true. "Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice" is an incredible, complex, and as yet unfinished novel detailing the life of Denethor, his family, friends, and the wide lands of Southern Middle Earth. Talk about a gap filler! Agape fleshes out characters that are mere names in the Appendices of Middle Earth. The lives of two Stewards are depicted: the gentle but negligent Turgon and the overly defensive, almost paranoid Ecthelion. We also meet Thengel, soon to be King of Rohan, who becomes one of Denethor's great friends. And, of course, Thorongil makes his appearance to add further interest to the Denethor/Ecthelion father-son dynamic. Agape also introduces some wonderful original characters, such as the faithful Amdir and Denethor's capable sister Indis. Agape's Denethor is a brilliant but tormented young man, one whose victories and defeats in his early years seem about equal. The author is adamant that Denethor is not the Steward of the Jackson movies. I would add that this Denethor is as much Agape's creation as he is Tolkien's. Which is a good thing, say I, who writes Lord of the Rings gap fillers that are heavily influenced by Movie verse. The joy I get out of reading fan fiction is seeing how an individual author interprets particular pre-existing characters and incidents, and then makes them her/his own. Agape does this in spades in "Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice." What a great story..so far!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

An impressively complex story of Denethor, from his birth onwards; currently in the darkening time of 3017. I admire the writer's ability to juggle the cast of near-thousands she has assembled for this story. Her battle and action scenes are quite well-written. Agape paints a sympathetic portrait of Denethor as a man who lost much but held on to Gondor (at least until the sad last day that has not yet been written in the story), dedicating his life and his sons to his land.