2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama - First Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A vignette about standards and adhering to the choices one makes.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
I loved finding new stories to read. I love the idea of the standards being permanent, but re-made by each generation. I liked your Gilraen too, she seemed so strong, but not cold.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
I love character studies, especially when they get into culture and politics. Arwen and Gilraen are both characters for whom culture and politics play a large role, and placing these two together and having them create a standard/shroud for Aragorn as a gift to a bride-groom was inspired. I love Arwen's almost clumsy attempts to embrace Dúnedain culture. She doesn't truly understand it yet, though by the end, she'll probably understand it all too well. It's something of a heart breaker, especially given what we know will ultimately happen to Arwen. Gilraen makes the most of her appearance by showing a keen mind but also a weary heart. Characters only mentioned (such as Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, and Aragorn) are surprisingly complete in this fic, despite their absence, which is the mark of an extremely talented writer.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
You wrote the interaction between Gilraen and Arwen well here. It's nice to see women interacting as women (not as mother/wife/sister of Man X).
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
Ah, this is one of Dwim's I don't think I had read before. How did I miss it! Maybe because it was able Arwen, and my interests lie elsewhere. But these awards have made me broaden those interests, and I've been glad for it. This is a wonderful example of the worth. there are few Arwen stories I ever read and then they may not feel really Arwen to me. This one does. Adn the interaction with Gilraen feels right, the tension, the hope, the tutoring. And that Dwim could find the symbolism, muliple layers of it, in the standard she makes... Bravo again, Dwim. Bravo.
Reviewed by: Mirasaui ✧ Score: N/A
Dwimordene has such a poetic, lyrical way with words. This story of Arwen's love for Aragorn and her uneasy relationship with Gilraen is very moving. We see Arwen's doubts, but also her strengths, as she weaves the standard that will one day be her love's burial shroud. She makes her choice to learn the ways of Aragorn's people without forgetting her heritage, despite the disapproval of those she loves. Lovely story, I truly enjoyed it.