Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

On the Death of His Wife

Author: Alawa
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Poetry

Story Type: Poem : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A sonnet: on the death of his wife, Denethor contemplates his warring loyalties.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

Oh, I liked this poem very much. I hadn't really considered the problems for Denethor as he attempted to serve both Gondor and Finduilas, but the way they clashed in this poem was beautiful. I especially loved the sea imagery associated with Finduilas and how the stone of Minas Tirith was used when illustrating her decline, essentially trading one for the other. But perhaps my favorite part was the idea that Finduilas was a steward, too. I can easily see that about her, and it's portrayed very well here.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

Very fitting, that Denethor should address this poem to his first and truer love, in many ways: Gondor, the jealous lover, who devours all. And I liked the ambivalence that Denethor's final lines imbues this relationship with: there's defiance there, and a strong sense of love-hate for Gondor, that becomes the Shadow that "thresh[es] out all hope" from life, leaving pride to stand alone against it.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

This sonnet deals with, not exactly grief, as one can still feel, through the remorse of loss, the love in the words. I am left with the impression that Denethor would not express his love in a kindly way and this is the result. Nicely done, a good voice and characterisation.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

The first time I read this I wondered what was meant by the first line, "Now, she is passed and I am yours alone;". Now I think I know, but I don't want to spoil it for other people. Anyway, this is another nice sonnet. A very worthwhile read.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

I thought this was very good, with language that was formal without being stilted and just the right mixture of bitterness and resignation.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting view of Denethor. It is intreaging howwell you show his character through these poems, in so few words.