Natural History

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Fourth Age

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Faramir and his grandson Barahir enjoy quality time together in Ithilien. Written for a challenge to produce a 111 word drabble including the number 111, fireworks, and wine.

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Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 6

There is so much to admire in this drabble, not least the way annmarwalk carefully pitches the tone to give us a sweetly drawn yet never overly sentimental portrait of the relationship between grandfather and grandson. Barahir’s hero worship of his grandfather is so clearly conveyed in his excitement at having a journal just like Faramir’s. Faramir’s love of the countryside -- and of his family -- shines through in both the range of knowledge he imparts to Barahir and the care with which he does so. And it’s good to see Ithilien become a place where Faramir can safely take his grandsons on camping trips. Well done.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A charming glimpse of a stage in Faramir's life we rarely see - grandfather to a new generation bred in the peace of the King's reign. Faramir obviously enjoys his role as grandfather and teacher to young Barahir...Their relationship is well-written here.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

Very nice; I enjoyed seeing Faramir become a content old man in love with the land around him. This is what peace should feel like.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 2

Very sweet. I can imagine Faramir passing on knowlede of birds to his grandson. I think he would make an excellent teacher.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

This is an interesting moment. It was nice thinking of Ithilien in peace, and everyone's favourite angst-maven and his young grandson enjoying the fruits of the sacrifices of the Ring War's.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

A lovely view of life in a more peaceful time. I like the way you show Faramir here.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

Lovely. I like the idea of Faramir as a grandfather.