Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Horn of Special Magnificence

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: Elena Tiriel
2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Gondor or Rohan Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Exactly 300 words per MS Word w/o the A/N's. Birthday gift. The tale of the making of the Horn of Boromir by Vorondil the Hunter.


Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel -- Score: 10

Agape4Gondor's ficlet, "A Horn of Special Magnificence", was written for my birthday earlier this year. It is a fascinating gap-filler, showing how Vorondil the Hunter, Steward of Gondor, might have prepared the Horn of Gondor, which was passed down from generation to generation in the Steward's line, until it was finally inherited by Boromir of the Nine Walkers. I really enjoyed reading about the slow, painstaking process of converting the horn of a wild kine (archaic plural for cows) into a hunting horn that becomes a heirloom of the House of Hurin, the line of Stewards of Gondor. Agape4Gondor researched the steps of the horn-making process, and they are fascinating! Beginning in the aftermath of the hunt, in which Vorondil broght down the kine himself, the animal horn is removed and boiled to soften, then reamed out. Vorondil did these steps himself, by his own hand, so his pride in the end result of his efforts was boundless; the horn was truly an outstanding heirloom to pass down from father to son in the House of the Stewards. It is fascinating to watch the horn being transformed from the bloody remains of a hunted animal to an heirloom of special magnificence. Agape4Gondor really chose well when she decided to document the process. Very nicely done, Agape! And thank you!

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 5

Thank you for a fascinating glimpse into hunting and horn-making in Gondor. I enjoyed the story a lot, from Vorondil's slightly boastful (but still amiable) character to his methods of crafting the Horn of Gondor, to the descriptions of the process and his plans and commissions to the author's notes for dating the story appropriately. Of course, knowing the eventual fate of the Horn and its last bearer, this story might leave some readers with a slightly bitter taste, but that is hardly the author's fault, and reading about how the story might have begun gives the whole arc an appearance of coming full circle. Lovely, this is in fact a story of special magnificence. Again, thank you.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

A superb little ficlet that focuses as much on the heirloom as it does on the one who first came by it. The making of the horn is wonderfully detailed, and I found myself wanting to makes notes as I read. But more fascinating to me was the character of Vorondil. There is so much of the Steward in him, and it's clear that many of his traits and qualities were passed down the line. His skill in carving the horn is evident, as it is pointed out that he finished much faster than others would. But I was intrigued by the fact that he chose to work on this horn when all others slept. And that seems to me to be the lot of Stewards. While others sleep, they labor for the kingdom. Nicely done with lovely characterization!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

First, I especially love the title of this, with its harkening back to LOTR and the Party. Second, the description of the end of the hunt and Vorondil's exultation and desire to memorialize it is wonderful. And I must hope it was Gandalf and not Saruman who inscribed the runes onto the silver band wound about it. Agape has managed to write a story of the creation of Boromir's horn that is not only lyrical but likely! Truly a tale that makes you honor the horn he wore the more! Definitely recommended.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

Hah, yes, this is something we tend not to think of, when we read about the horn: that some poor beast was killed for it. I like the descriptions of the craftmanship. A maginficent horn indeed!

Reviewed by: Silivren Tinu -- Score: 3

I've always been fascinated by the horn Boromir was carrying with him. I loved hearing a bit about its history in this story. I probably won't be able to read about the horn of Gondor or see it in the movies without remembering this story from now on!

Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 3

A beautiful tale that fills in some details about a very special horn -- a most magnificent horn! I loved the description of how the horn was prepared for future use; such interesting details lend much realism to an already exceptional tale. Of course, I also appreciate the history of the horn and of who would eventually wear it proudly!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A nifty and new topic for a Tolkien fanfiction story - I love it! The process of the taking and making of the horn of the Kine into the hereditary horn of the Stewards comes alive in this excellent ficlet. Agape's research into horn-making pays off; the details add an extra bit of credible grittiness into the story.