Big Dreams, Small Rooms

Author: Wormwood

Nominator: Altariel

2011 Award Category: Men: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Eowyn and her grandmother Morwen. Morwen understands Eowyn's dreams.

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A lovely, wistful moment between a grandmother and her grand-daughter, who happen to be Morwen and Eowyn. There is a sweet symmetry between them, both ladies with beauty, Numenorean blood, and pride to spare, and perhaps a certain restlessness that pushes them both beyond the lands of their youth. And the ficlet also shows Morwen's love and concern for Eowyn, who she knows well may not be content to grow up and old in the Mark.

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 4

Oh, Eowyn - all you want is to be free. Morwen, her grandmother, knows this - and, in the second piece, that there will be people laying siege to her. The women of the hall know as well that she won't be free forever. But then, when the world has turned ["hueless"], ["muted, dead to my touch"], Eowyn is offered real freedom - but it's ["a big place, the future..."]. Wistful and tender, capturing Faramir and Eowyn's ["quietly relentless intimacy"], that takes them both from damaged past, to possible healing.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 4

I enjoyed this glimpse of the young Éowyn as something of an outsider, watched over by her grandmother and listening and only half understanding the older women as they discuss men. I was something of a collector myself as a child so I especially liked Éowyn’s collection of rocks. It is good to know that this restless girl will find her perfect match in Faramir.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

Wormwood's images of a young Éowyn are lovely here. These scenes give the reader a great deal of insight into the woman she will grow up to be, and it's nice to see the influences her grandmother had upon her at this young age.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

This is a pensive piece that shows Eowyn's "otherness". She has to escape in dreams the small rooms, she lives in.