Still Some Way to Go

Author: Wormwood

Nominator: Altariel

2011 Award Category: Men: General - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Faramir and Eowyn. Healing takes time.

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Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 10

Another beautiful, delicate piece by Wormwood about the fragility of Faramir and Eowyn's marriage. Clever, interlocking images of patchwork, fraying, and holed material that's hanging together act as symbols of the damage done to Faramir and Eowyn. Here, their new-found happiness is portrayed as a thing easily shattered, not least when they are ["faced with the full implications of just the two of them"]. One thing in particular that strikes me about this piece is that I think that many other writers, listening to the rhythm of the paragraphs, might have ended at the following line: ["Stay...whole," he whispered, "don't break."] That would have been where I would have ended it, and I would have missed a trick. Wormwood has the cleverness to continue just a little further, letting the piece breathe on a little longer, like the slow breaths of a couple falling asleep next to one another. And Faramir dreams, of his brother, of the ocean, of a place of peace. This gentle coda, pulsing softly like heartbeats, signifies to me that Faramir's patience, and his ["strong imagination"] look set to be their salvation: he can picture the world that they could inhabit, and perhaps his patience will be enough to take her there with him, given time. Given time. Thank you, Wormwood, for another emotionally honest and beautifully executed piece of prose-poetry.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

As always, Wormwood's writing has the layers of reality, memory and imagination carefully interspersed to form an insight into the psyche of both Faramir and his new wife. We can tell how fragile is their hold on health and happiness, the darkness is not driven totally away, but it is held at bay, and we can rejoice that Faramir is strong enough to continue keeping their mental horrors at bay - and will keep Éowyn beside him on the journey to recovery.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 4

I've have read quite a few "Happily ever after" tales of Faramir and Eowyn, which have never rung quite true to me.I feel that Wormwood has captured perfectly what it must have been like for this damaged pair of survivors to start life afresh after the war while still haunted by their past. I especially enjoyed the part about Aragorn and Faramir.Reading this poignant story made me really feel for Faramir and Eowyn and hope they would eventually find peace and happiness.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

This is nicely written in the sense that it is very descriptive, and communicates some of the pain that comes from trying to live again after severe trauma. Rather sad, too, and the ending is a bit abrupt, but worth reading.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a touching look at a moment in the early marriage between Faramir and Eowyn. On the surface they are fine, but the scars run deep. I like the description of Faramir putting colors back into his world that seemed all gray in gray, and how much he had to work to come out of his gray world.

Reviewed by: Rivergift  ✧  Score: 3

This is a quiet, oddly poignant tale of healing and how far it can go, and how some scars never fade. I enjoyed the melding of Faramir and Eowyn's romance with their healing, I have always felt that the two were intertwined, connected to their fates ultimately. I loved the ending too, it was a little abrupt but a good note to end it with.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

The depth of Wormwood's writing is always amazing to me. I this piece, reality, stream-of-consciousness, and memory are melded together into a cohesive unit that is unlike any other. The writing itself is lovely, and the insight given upon the characters' mindsets is beautiful in its honesty.