Walk No More in Shadow
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Men - Second Place
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: N/A
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Much is said of the love that Eomer bore for Elessar ere he rose from the grass of the Rohirrim's homelands. But what of that for his lady sister's choice of helpmate? Surely, after the lechery of Wormtongue and the disappointment of rejected love for Aragorn, the presumed King of Rohan would have little taste for letting his sister's heart chose another so swiftly. Inspired by the scowl with which Eomer examined Faramir and his sister at the King's coronation in PJ's ROTK, but characters and events solidly based in book-verse.
Reviewed by: Rhapsody ✧ Score: 10
Walk No More in the Shadows is a vignette I read a couple of times with much pleasure. Not because it wasnt clear to me what the story was about, but actually more of what is captured in this vignette. The quote Anoriath gives you doesnt sink in immediately: it does afterwards and you appreciate it even more. Actually what you at first think you are reading is a meeting between two men who both care deeply about Éowyn. But then after a re-read, you see the double layers in this story. Éomers talk isnt just about a courtly invitation or to test his brother in law, but it does much more then that. Faramir can continue to bury himself into work and let the real life pass by. Like Éowyn, Éomer makes Faramir aware that much more is there for him. Walk no more in shadows indeed, but come to life: that is what this vignette is telling me. Anoriath writes these two fabulous men incredibly well, Faramir notices small details and reads the body language. Éomer is just present and lives by his own set of rules and morals. The dialogue between them is cleverly written, there is a lot said and yet not. You can see the change of which Faramir goes through mostly by the manner how he deals with his servant: it is obvious to me Faramir is still looking for a way to be Steward his style. Just as, actually, Éomer is looking for his way. At any rate, a great vignette Anoriath. I marvel in how you can just take one part or one scene and convey so much to me as a reader.
Reviewed by: ErinRua ✧ Score: 8
Once again, the author's understanding of the many nuances of human voice and expression is put to spectacular use. With wonderful subtlety she draws us close to Faramir's musings, and in exchange helps us see the deep perception the young Steward has, even in Tolkien's understanding of him. Faramir sees the hearts of men truly, and by the author's deft hand we learn how his mind works, how he watches, judges, evaluates and at last finds common ground between himself and his beloved's brother. Eomer himself is magnificent, filling the room like a thunderclap, even with that great Rohirrim passion banked to simmering coals. This is a wonderful interaction between the future brothers-in-law, and Faramir's subsequent burst of frantic energy to clear the boards for tomorrow's pleasure ride is a delight! Poor Willelmus! I shudder to think how the poor chamberlain will suffer in years to come, when these new-met brothers are together. A wonderful character study and terrific moments.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
Fabulous characterizations and one of the most entertaining confrontations I've ever seen. The fact that this confrontation comes from protective brother and would-be husband (plus the fact that this protective brother is Eomer and the would-be husband is Faramir) makes it that much more enjoyable. Eomer was such a strong presence, all but barging in and then dropping not-so-subtle hints about what the Riders of Rohirrim are willing to endure. His challenge was a good one, and Faramir answers it well. He's also in great form, and I love the observation that Eomer's belt is twisted. It's a little thing, but it's something that Faramir would notice. And had Eomer been an enemy, he would have probably used it against him. But strangely enough, this seems to break the ice between the two, and one of his jests about riding finally seems to register in the end. Wonderful story, and thank you for making both Faramir and Eomer appear as strong as possible.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 4
I did enjoy the meeting between Eomer and Faramir. Poor Eomer - caught between the White Lady and the object of her affections. This promises well for their future relationship - even if there is plenty of below-the-surface challenge going on. I loved the shade of Boromir bristling protectively in the corner - and the poor put-upon chamberlain, trying to do twenty things at once. Good storyl
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
An interesting and cleverly writtien view of Faramir and Eomer. It is nice to ssee interactions between these two characters that seem plausable and not overdone. The way you show them seems realistic and bringsout a lot of the traits of each of their characters.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
An amusing first meeting of soon-to-be brothers-in-law, and it's good to see Faramir in tyrannical mode, the terror of his father's erstwhile chamberlain and insisting on things being done *his* way in no uncertain terms. Éomer (to say nothing of Éowyn) will be good for him if this is what they inspire. And I did like the comparison of Éomer and Boromir.