Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Age of Men

Author: Altariel
Nominator: Makamu
2009 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Drabble An AU on constitutional change


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

The summary is, well, very apt! Definitely not a course of action I could see JRRT going, but what an interesting idea - not just that the king could be a different person, or that the kingdom should remain with the stewards, but let's change the whole form of the society! But I love the way this is handled - as if it came out of the Appendices, very matter-of-fact. It says a lot about Altariel's understanding of Aragorn and his vision of leadership that he takes absolutely seriously what others might think of as a mere ritual formality. Every drabble should, I think, go out with a great last line, and Altariel delivers with a great blending of the imagery and symbolism important to Gondor, and great alliteration in the final phrase. Thanks, Altariel!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

Oh, I wish! I think that is really a sore point in LOTR, that while the Dark Lord is defeated, the system of masters and servants remains. Never mind that the king be a decent one - one can never know what his son will be like. Thanks for putting this so eloquently.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

What an interesting twist on the end of the Ring War! It answers a sort-of latent unease I always had with the books, with their connection (mostly) of nobility-of-character with nobility-of-social-status. It is nice to see Gondor portrayed in this way, and was very thought-provoking to boot. Nice work, Altariel.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 3

What an interesting and unexpected turn of events. I can see the people of Gondor making such a decision after Denethor's rule, although it clearly was not what Tolkien envisioned. Very intriguing... :)

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

And what would have happened had the crowd indeed answered "Nay!" to Faramir's question? Most intriguing and thought provoking--a perfect thing for a drabble to be!

Reviewed by: WendWriter -- Score: 2

Very clever - it actually caught me on the hop! I wasn't expecting it to flip like that, and it's the surprise, as much as the writing, that I enjoyed about this drabble. Nice work!

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 2

This is an amusing AU that undermines several some of the key concepts underpinning Ardaverse.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 1

A fascinating and thought provoking drabble, but I'm very glad indeed that it is AU!