Author: Celandine Brandybuck
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Denethor and Finduilas
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes, character death, mild erotic content
Summary: How do you say goodbye? Finduilas of Dol Amroth must make some difficult decisions on what to say to Imrahil and Adrahil while visiting her family, and later to Denethor, Boromir, and Faramir in Minas Tirith.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
I really like the way that Finduilas was such a large part of Denethor's life. Her death seems to have served as a catalyst for a sterner, grimmer man, which paves the way for a man who was willing to risk the palantir later on. I also really liked Adrahil and Imrahil in this story, and I liked Imrahil's attempt to persuade Denethor that Faramir and Boromir should come to Dol Amroth. He's a tricky one, appealing to duty in that way. Very tender and moving story!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 4
I think my favourite thing about all of Celandine's stories is how well she handles interactions, especially family dynamics. And the Steward's family is not an easy family to capture, but Cel does it with her usual flair. Which is good, because thiss story about Finduilas saying good-bye to those she loves as she prepares to die has to be about relationships by its very nature. There is angst of course, but light-hearted moments and just generally good story-telling.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
An interesting and cleverly told tale. Your portrayals of the characters are very vivid and interesting. You certainly draw the reader into your tale. It makes good reading. Your view of Finduilas is very interesting and I like the way you show her character.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 2
It's nice to see Finduilas squarely at the center of decisions, even if they concern her final farewell. She dies with great dignity, and it's a pity Denethor wasn't able to grieve with nearly as much of it.