2006 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Rohan - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: Romance and angst
Summary: This is the exploration of an added scene in Peter Jackson's movie-version of "The Two Towers". When the Rohirrim are attacked by wargs, Aragorn gets lost in the river - and is rescued by a horse.
Reviewed by: Mechtild ✧ Score: 7
This story is based on a movie scene. While re-tellings of film scenes are not my favourite sorts of fanfics, you do some nice things fleshing out the interior thoughts of Aragorn after he has gone over the cliff with the Warg. Once he begins to skirt with consciousness, thoughts of his past in Imladris turn to thoughts of his nightingale, Arwen. Those thoughts recall him, and act as a blessing. The appearance of Brego, as if sent by Arwen, further bolsters him. Supported by thoughts of his lover, his concerns widen to think of the beleaguered people of Rohan, and of the Quest, focussing in the small person of the Ring-bearer, Frodo. [I will not disappoint him], Aragorn vows silently, his hope and resolve re-kindled by the love of his Tinúviel, whom he also vows not to disappoint. It's good to see how his love of individuals fuels his love and sense of service towards the wider world, for which he soon will bear so much responsibility.
Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice ✧ Score: 5
Normally, I hate movieverse. If I want PJ's AU, I'll watch his films (which I love for what they are). In fanfic I look for bookverse. This story is an exception. It is excellent...in fact, a blend of movieverse and bookverse, because it does not indulge in the irritating stupidity of an Aragorn who doesn't want to be king. Here, you show what Tolkien only hinted at: how his love for Arwen and hope for the future kept him going through even the toughest times. And you evoke the tale of Luthien in the process, which PJ just left out altogether (grr). Your language is beautiful.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 4
This is a nice little scene. It fleshes out what Aragorn might have thought and felt when he woke on the bank of the river after the fall off the cliff. It gives more depth to the visuals of the movie scene and fits into the dreamlike mood of the movie sequence. Nice touch to have Elrond show up in his thoughts. And I also wondered how Brego managed to get to that spot on his own ;-).
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
This written version of the movieverse Aragorn's vision of Arwen as he is being affectionately nuzzled by Brego makes more sense than the movie scene (where I would have preferred more of the touching relationship of a Dunadan and his beloved horse). The writer ties the two rather disparate movieverse moments together in a more plausible way, and elaborates on the themes of duty and hope.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
This time Cuthalion sets her sights on that little dip into the movieverse river Aragorn takes. I like this fleshing out, which draws Arwen in much more fully, fills out Aragorn's feeling for Eowyn, his devotion to Arwen. Nice touch of humor, amidst the pain, when he realizes Brego has somehow come for him, and I like the way Arwen is woven into his resolution to stay alive and continue to fight for Frodo, to be the man he is supposed to be for others.
Reviewed by: Súlriel ✧ Score: 3
I am always amazed at your ability and word-smithing, the choicest, most visual, most powerful words, none wandering, none wasted. This is another fine work, deep and insightful, not just a bit of a story, but fully immersed in the minds and emotions of the characters. Well done.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A very nice explication of that movie-verse scene, when the fallen Aragorn is rescued by his horse. I never much liked that scene, but the author makes it seem almost plausible.