Over a Lifetime

Author: Wormwood

Nominator: Altariel

2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: Men - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: Drabble Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A drabble series about the married life of Faramir and Eowyn. The premise is that Faramir outlived Eowyn and is looking back in some of the drabbles.(Series of 7 drabbles, 7 x 100 words)

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Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 10

Wormwood's drabble is fittingly titled [Over a Lifetime], and the author gives us nothing less here. I noted the lyrical, visual style of Wormwood's works in another review already, but it bears reiterating. In this drabble-series, the wealth and richness of images (for the most part strongly botanical) and their symbolic nature are at once overwhelming and quite fitting considering the scope of the work - the titular lifetime - and remarkably in place considering this is set in Ithilien, which in canon is frequently compared to a garden. Most of the images are conveying a wild sort of romanticism, and wistfulness appropriate to the respective stages in Faramir and Eowyn's lifetime together. My favourites by far, though, were [a sage bush curling up around a rose, rosemary nestling in the crook of an apple tree] and [her garden to open on to the wild], though the ashfall (ash here, I believe, not heralding defeat, but signifying its aspect as fertile ground; especially with Faramir's face smudged and similes of his hair and trees) at their beginning coming at a close third. I'll most certainly keep this story bookmarked - as a meta piece for style and mood as much as for the pleasure of reading and rereading frequently when I'm stuck with my own writing. Fantastic work that most certainly deserved its nomination for this year's awards.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 9

I absolutely love this series of stories focused on the nature of Eowyn, the White Lady, the Shield Maiden, she of the Shield Arm, the slayer of the Witch-King, and lover and wife of Faramir son of Denethor. How beautifully she is depicted here, how wonderful the characterization of this worldly woman and her loves and relationships! I can’t find one that I prefer over the others, as each is a perfect gem in its own right, each capturing an aspect of Eowyn that reminds us just why in his earliest plans for his story Tolkien had thought to have her marry the King Returned. Yet it is with delight we think of her having married Faramir instead, this individual who simply walked into the story according to the Master’s own explanations, and made himself perhaps the best beloved single character in the whole trilogy! From the first moments of tentative connection with Faramir to the last look at Faramir’s memories triggered by moonlight, this is a perfect necklace of jewels, each as wonderful as the woman they touch on, each a shining facet or more of her wonderful, complex character.

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 5

I hardly know what to say about these tender, lyrical drabbles. They are so beautiful. In seven pieces, Wormwood traces the marriage of Faramir and Eowyn from early uncertainly, through half-uncertain familiarity, through the shared experience of parenthood, on to the sorrow of death and the poignancy of widowerhood. It seems as if the success of the marriage thrives on their intimacy happening outside, where Eowyn can feel free, and Faramir can be happy that he has been able to offer her this freedom. They are both imagined fully, lovingly, wisely, from the freckles and scars on Faramir's back to the picture of the girl running barefoot among the apple trees. Wonderful.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A very pretty collection of drabbles about the relationship of Faramir and Eowyn from courtship to after her death. Beautiful description and metaphor flow very naturally, themes of nature and time and memory, and the tenderness of the lovers over many years, through the series. I love the glimpses of Faramir and Eowyn's life in Ithilien, the closeness between them that even death cannot break.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

The strength of these drabbles lies more in their excellent imagery than in plot, but the idea of drabbles illustrating the lives of Faramir and Eowyn is a good one, and done very well here.

Reviewed by: Wheelrider  ✧  Score: 3

I love that you use vivid imagery, but your stories are still clean and uncluttered. This is beautifully dreamlike, and not just because dreams are part of the subject matter. (I think I reviewed this somewhere else, or possibly emailed you, but now I can't find where!)

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

As with all of Wormwood's writing, Over a Lifetime is haunting and poignant. Imagery and word-choice are absolutely stunning in their uniqueness and in their clarity, and they only serve to highlight the beautiful scenes being presented to the reader.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

These beautiful drabbles have an almost dreamlike quality as fragments of the memories of Faramir and Eowyn's life together. I love the use of nature as metaphor.I feel as if I have glimpsed these two through this evocative writing.

Reviewed by: Azalais  ✧  Score: 3

The natural world weaves its healing through the long years of Faramir and Eowyn's relationship: the fragility and strength of love and of memory, beautifully brought to life with haunting, vivid images.