All That Was Beauitiful
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Rohan: Vignette - Third Place
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: N/A
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Eowyn's first meeting with Grima. One shot vignette, G-rated, but slightly creepy.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 10
Excellent story of the first meeting of Grima and Eowyn! One almost feels sorry for Grima, who is a misfit in Rohan because of things he cannot control - infirmity and ugliness. But the story reminds the reader that Grima contributed to his own fall; he does not want to befriend the child Eowyn to be kind to the orphan, he is desperate for love, even that of a child, and it seems that he is lusting after her physically to some extent. He is also already planning to become Saruman's tool; and cares a good deal more for his own advancement than Rohan's safety. Yet we see hints of how his character was so twisted. Rohan is a culture valuing physical prowess and beauty; and Grima is physically infirm and repulsive, despised by even his own father. It's not unreasonable that he would be desperate for some affection, even from a child. But Grima chooses this particular child to win love from, not because she is good-hearted or sweet, but because she has what he never will - beauty and courage; and also, perhaps his ambition is showing, she is not a peasant brat to be chased away, she is the King's niece. Excellent portrait of an angry, ambitious man made even more embittered and dangerous by the cruelty of children. (still, Eomer and Eowyn did have reason to be angry at Grima, he did want to bring Eowyn under his influence for his own reasons, not her welfare)
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 6
Quite a wonderfully creepy and disturbing tale of Grima's first meeting with Eowyn. The details are perfect: the shadowy hall; the fabulous tapestries, fascinating to an imaginative child; Grima's physical infirmaties. The description of Grima in shadow, seeking to reveal himself bit by bit so as to avoid frightening Eowyn, produces quite powerful mental pictures. Grima's character is somewhat teasingly portrayed: is he a pedophile, presented with a new obsession, or a lonely man, seeking only companionship and affection? All the dialog, especially Theoden's comforting distraction of the children with tales of a new colt, is wonderfully realistic. I had not ever read anything by this author, but I will most definitely seek out more.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
Definitely a creepy little story, and filled with so many classic allusions that I'm not sure where to begin. I loved the irony in Grima thinking of Eomer as a young serpent when he's the one standing in the shadows offering, of all fruits, an apple to Eowyn. As for that apple, she did end up taking it, which was a nice little bit of foreshadowing even if Eomer did bound to her resuce. But he seemed to come a little too late, which is another great bit of foreshadowing. Fascinating account of Eowyn's first meeting with Wormtongue. I'll confess that I felt a bit dirty afterwards. And I fought down more than one shiver.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 5
This is a gorgeous attempt at a first meeting. We all know that later they'll turn into enemies, but that Eowyn had such disdain for him so early in their relationship... Grima must have been repulsive indeed. That very fact makes his later actions a bit more understandable if not forgiveable. The cultural tidbits such as the scarcity of apples are very well done. I can see these two developing into the characters we see in The Lord of the Rings, yet they also are different enough toi reflect the yewars that will pass before we reach the War of the Ring.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
An interesting foreshadowing of future developments. On the assumption that Gríma is rather physically loathsome all his life, this does shed interesting light on his personality, and the attraction Éowyn held for him once. Well-written, and yes, just a touch creepy.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An interesting and cleverly written tale. I like the way you protray Grima, althought it is a very movieverse version of him. It is interesting to see the interactions between him and Eomer and Eowyn and to know what is to come later.