Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Thief in the Night

Author: annmarwalk
Nominator: annmarwalk
2009 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Drabbles - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: For the "Thief" challenge at Tolkien_weekly After guarding her heart so fiercely, Éowyn felt quite the fool for losing it - twice! - within the space of twenty-three days.


Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

Beautiful prose, very lyrical and poigant in its use of metaphors. I like the development of a certain small but noticeable tinge of ambiguity about the actions/reactions of the two men Éowyn fell in love with. Yes, Aragorn couldn't help but reject her, but it surely didn't help in her then-state of mind. And it's certainly too much to call it "exploiting", but Faramir's "tactic" was in some ways sneaky, or so Éowyn might think if she wonders about her behaviour in such a short amount of time which is so contrary to her image of the hard, unyielding Shield-maiden. And at the same time, these very descriptions depict admirable traits by the two characters, seen in just a slightly different light - compassion and patience, and affection in two different forms of expression.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion -- Score: 5

Ann shows us here the emotions that Tolkien, nicely brought up 'Victorian' gentleman that he was, fails to invest his characters with. Yes, he remarks long and earnestly about sorrows and frosted lilies, but Ann nails the actual feelings that Eowyn has at that time, and in Ann's words the shieldmaiden takes on blood, bone and flesh to become a real woman. Of course the nod to the men in her life, one being the titular thief, should not be overlooked either. All in all it's a little tale tinged with bitter-sweet sadness, but ultimately hope and love prevail.

Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 5

Ah! Eowen’s two loves: a story that continues to fascinate me. She is certainly not the type to fall easily and yet she did and twice in such short order! Never for a moment did I doubt that it was possible--a credit to Tolkien’s characterization of both Aragorn and, especially, Faramir. The phrase that Aragorn’s [“pity cut sharp and bitter as the winter wind, leaving her to ravaged pride and desperation”] is right on point as well. [“The second came like a thief in the night”]: very nice explanation of Faramir sneaking up on her. Poor Eowyn, she did not have a chance. Not dealing with a stupid guy here. One of things I always liked about Faramir. He would have noticed her reticence and played his cards carefully until he was sure of the cracks in her armour.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 5

Here, annmarwalk has created a lovely drabble describing Eowyn's tumultuous romantic feelings during the month of March 3019. I very much like the tone of acerbic self-reflection in the opening lines, as Eowyn gently castigates herself for her folly: it seems very in keeping with the gentle sense of humour displayed by the "recovered" Eowyn we see after she accept's Faramir's proposal. Overall, the drabble is extremely well structured, with the form and metaphors adding to the very effective contrast between Eowyn gifting Aragorn with her heart and having it stolen away by Faramir. Lovely work!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Another exquisitely written drabble by Annmarwalk! The concept of Faramir as a Thief of Hearts type, artlessly but gently and inexorably wooing Eowyn, works well here. The last paragraph is particularly gorgeous...

Reviewed by: dapperscavenger -- Score: 3

I can hardly believe you managed to fit so much depth into so few words. I'm not really an Eowyn fan but when a writer comes along and puts something like this in front of me I can't help but appreciate it. An emotive piece.

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 3

I marvel at how this story manages to encapsulate Eowyn's two loves and her feelings for them in a right-on-target 100 words. Ann's choice of words is so succinct and so true that she needs just a few sentences to make us understand and sympathize with her main character.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Oh--how perfect, this look at how Eowyn perceives these two such disparate loves she has known, so soon one after the other! And the characterizations of each are so spot-on. As for how she came to realize she'd come to love Faramir.... Yes, perfect!

Reviewed by: Starlight -- Score: 3

Uh, I loved this drabble! Wonderful characterizations of all three of them. Eowyn's voice is unique and believable, and the way she contrasts her love of both men, and theirs to her, speaks volumes! I have always been intrigued by this change of Eowyn's heart, and you have managed an awesome explanation in just one hundred words. Well done!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

What a great juxtaposition of these descriptions of falling in love! The summary line, the first line, sets us up beautifully, and the two descriptions follow one another like a pair of mirrors. That love is likened to a thief is nicely ironic, and it's a sweet ending to this drabble. Good work, Ann. Eowyn-fans are sure to enjoy!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 2

Oh, I never realized it was just twenty-three days! This is so, so beautifully written, thank you for this! The contrast between the two men is wonderfully rendered.

Reviewed by: Mysterious Jedi -- Score: 1

I enjoyed this drabble. I like the poetic language and Biblical allusion.