Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Day of the Dove

Author: Linda Hoyland
Nominator: elliska
2011 Award Category: Fixed-Length Ficlets: General

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 200 words as counted in MS Word. Written a prompt A few years after the Ring war,Imrahil muses on how times have changed. Written for the LOTR GFIC Community "Birds" challenge.


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 7

This is a sweet, sensitively told double-drabble that explores the different facets of war and peace in the person of Aragorn. Linda Hoyland wisely uses Imrahil, a character who we have seen both as a warrior and as something of a politician, as a viewpoint character. Through Imrahil and young Eldarion, Aragorn's warrior legend is evoked when the king rides home in triumph after a battle, the very personification of a victorious warrior-king. Imrahil calls forth Aragorn's warrior persona as both Elessar and Thorongil. And then the focus is adroitly shifted to the warrior-king's gentle, tender side as a loving husband and father. It is a nice comment on the values of three veterans of wars - Imrahil, Aragon, and Tolkien himself - that peace is deemed a mark of better times, and a hallmark of the reign of the king who was so mighty a warrior. An interesting and double-sided ficlet. I really liked the metaphor of the nesting dove to describe Aragorn's preferred role in peace.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 6

In this fixed-length piece the author presents two sides of Aragorn that, while not exactly contrasting, do not mesh together quite perfectly. And her choice of narrator, Imrahil, not a relative and (while certainly a friend) not exactly ever-present in Aragorn's life, was a perfect vehicle with which to explore this contrast. The incorporation of Aragorn's manifold names was a good idea, too--if a man has so many names, it seems only natural they should be mentioned every once and a while. More importantly, I though, was the direct comparison of eagle and dove, which rested at the core of the piece. It was well-handled and intriguing. On the whole, I thought this was a cute glimpse into Aragorn's life post Ring War.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 6

Dear Linda, we see a good contrast here between the eagle and the dove, and also between the public man and the private man, war times and peace times. Imrahil, who has never know anything but strife during his lifetime, is thinking along the lines he has always been used to think on: Men have to be warriors to protect the people from the threat of Mordor, so the more warrior-like the better. He discovers here that in these changed times, new qualities might come to the forefront and that men will be nurturers, too. The simplest of actions, like smiling at your wife or telling your child a story; things that we take for granted, appear here as a new and thrilling opportunity for a fuller, richer life. I enjoyed this ficlet.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

This story utilizes a good metaphor, and it shows how gentleness is the province of the strong. A nicely-written drabble, showing King Elessar from an admirable perspective. Well done.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This is a lovely ficlet. It shows two of the most important sides of Aragorn. The fierce warrior and the caring father. The public might cheer the victorious warrior more, but his loving caring side is equally important for the future of Gondor. Having Imrahil watching Aragorn is an added bonus.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 2

This is a beautiful little story about love. I like how Linda depicts the happiness in Aragorn's family. Beautifully done.