Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Like Calls to Like

Author: annmarwalk
Nominator: Elena Tiriel
2009 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Drabbles - Second Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: For the "Leather" challenge at Tolkien_weekly. A companion drabble to MEFA 2008 Award Winner "Call of the Wild". The Lord of Rohan is not one to woo with fripperies or bandied words.


Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel -- Score: 10

Just-ann-now's drabble verse, "Like Calls to Like", is an exquisite, voyeuristic peek into the psyche of Thengel, heir of the reviled Fengel King of Rohan, when he first spots his future wife in Gondor, Morwen of Lossarnach. (It is a complementary piece to "Call of the Wild", which is from Morwen's point of view -- and is drop-dead, toe-curlingly sexy.) And man, what a psyche! What a man! What a hunk.... Erm, I mean Ann's writing is... evocative. Yeah, that's the ticket. There are few drabbles that can get my ticker pumping quite as hard as this one (and, especially combined with its companion piece, it is a definite heart-thumper). Ann's Thengel is shrewd and perceptive and knows his own worth, taking the measure of this extraordinary Gondorian woman with a single glance. He can tell immediately that she is not one for shiny jewels and empty, courtly words... the gift he thinks of making for her is simple, yet profound: a braided leather wristpiece, symbolizing their future intertwined together and with their family. Who could possibly not fall in love with such a manly man? Ann's language is so perfectly suited to a Rohir: direct, wild as a stallion, and dismissive of {pretty, pointless} courtly words and airs.... *sigh* Oh, and did I mention this guy is hawt?

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 6

The first author of primarily ficlets and drabbles that I became aware of was Ann, who has always held a place in my heart for her wonderful ability to say so much so succinctly. And here she does it again, with this short ode by Thengel as he pursues the love of the Lady Morwen. And what appropriate means he would use to claim her wrist and then her hand, a braided bracelet of most supple leather to symbolize the life he would share with her! How appropriate for the future King of Rohan! This is, I think, one of her very finest works, and it is a pleasure and honor to read it once more and comment on it for the MEFAs. May she indeed do well by it! And I so wish she could pass on some of her economy of words to me, as I've never felt I did anywhere as well when doing ficlets!

Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 5

I loved this, Ann. The language is beautiful and the rhythm and cadence of it is perfect. I think I liked it best for the massive lurking backstory of the love and attachment of one couple, but also the story of a passionate pairing which in the long run has an enormous influence on a significant part of the huge story which makes up the LotR. Iíve always had a softness for this couple for a few reasons, not the least of which is my bias that a man of Rohan could have a terrific appeal for a certain type of Gondorian woman (the right sort of woman, of course). Again, it is a really lovely poem that defines two characters with real confidence.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

With a summary like Ann gives this drabble, I was fully prepared for Thengel to swoop in and persuade Morwen with a kiss: no words needed! What I got instead was "blank verse" with a great break in the middle and a rather surprising way of courting without words. As a gift, its defining qualities are its simplicity and the fact that it is handmade by the suitor, and it's all symbol. I love his trust that she will be able to discern his intentions in making and giving it to her. Apparently she could, since we know the rest of the story. Well played.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 4

Oh my! I think any woman worth her salt would want to be wooed the way Thengel woos Morwen in this drabble. Thengel's gift may not offer material wealth, but it demonstrates personal effort and concern, and the contrast between cold jewels and the organic warmth of the ["butter-soft leather"] is striking. And I love the way Ann shows us the strength and constancy of Thengel's feelings in the wonderful comparison to ["grassland, earth, and sky"]. Powerfully written and entirely charming.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

Don't we all have that feeling? That love will know us simply by looking? and our faith will be rewarded.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 2

Strong idea, strong voice, strong images. Beautifully done, and I am in awe of people who can make a hundred-word drabble a poem that contains so much. Lovely.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 1

I like this very much indeed. It is beautifully written and very much to the point.