Campdóm and Lufian

Author: Drake/Eokat CoAuthors

Nominator: Leaward

2005 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Rohan - First Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: Marital situations

Summary: When a rider returns to his home....what is awaiting him there? How does the ordinary Eorlinga live when such evil is about to destroy everything he cares about? This is a story of such a rider, a warrior of Rohan.

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Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 10

I have used this story many times when writing my own chapters about my two OC's as an example of how men and women think differently about the same situation. The authors have taken the idea of following a Rohan warrior and his wife for a few days while he takes respite from his duties and they have given us a glimpse of the regular soldier's life into the workings of the differences between the sexes.. I like being able to see into both Rowen and Halig's minds and what is important to each character, and why they are reacting the way they are. The little touches, like how the women talk when they are preparing a meal, what a lovely glimpse into how women really do talk (men would probably be shocked if they heard some of our conversations). And Halig's thought of how he uses his axe to hew Orcs' heads but how it can also be used to chop the wood to keep his family warm ... what a wonderful way to get into his character's head. I have been in discussions arguing against present tense as I generally find it jarring, yet it was my third reading of this story before I realized this story is written in present tense, the authors have told the story so well. Yet its use adds an interesting aspect to the story, as you seem to feel that you are being carried along with the characters and helps draw you into their world. It is a story that I feel I can go back and read many times and each time pick up a new nuance, and that's what I love from reading a story. Depth and detail, and these two authors have delivered wonderfully.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

Campdóm and Lufian is a captivating story that covers the romance between two married original characters written from both the male and female perspective. You can feel that, as a reader, in every word, gesture, and touch written. You can feel the difference between them and also, in some way, how separate both worlds are because of something that the Rohirrim had to deal with for so many centuries: orcs and warfare. This story is refreshing in such a way, that it doesn’t deal with the standard Rohan characters and yet both authors give you that genuine Rohirrim feel. Halig is a very sturdy warrior that tries to do his utmost best, the authors do capture his doubt between home, and duty very well and I sincerely hope that once the War of the Ring is over, Halig can enjoy his family more. Rowen’s worries about the future mirror’s the feeling the Rohirrim woman must have felt: when does this end, when can we serve our proud men the food they deserve and when can we enjoy our husband more then the short reprieves they are granted. It most certainly is the same fate every soldier’s wife face every day. It must be incredibly hard for Rowen to face hardships alone, but the role in the community has in this story makes sure she never will feel alone. I loved the banter between the women a lot. I hope both author’s will continue to write more about this lovely couple: this short story most certainly leaves you wanting for more! A job well done Eokat and Drake!

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 2

I enjoyed both the style and content of this co-written story. It was cleverly woven by each author from the different points of view to create a full and flavorful whole. Well done.