Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

Nominator: Linda Hoyland

2008 Award Category: Races: Men: Minas Tirith

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: With others still in need of healing, Aragorn can stop for only a moment to see how the young steward fares.

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Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 5

I often wonder if Aragorn went back to check on Faramir,Eowyn and Merry after healing them.In this beautiful ficlet Lady Branwyn answers the question and gives the reader a lovely moment at Faramir's bedside with Aragorn. I'm not sure if Faramir's wrists would be sun bronzed in March,but they would certainly be weather beaten and it is a heartwarming image of Aragorn caring for the young Steward and feeling refreshed by the sight of his healing patient. I also enjoyed the image of devoted Beregond at his master's side. The last line is especially beautiful, hinting at the future friendship and mutal affection I always believe grew between the two men.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 5

What I particularly like about this drabble are the details about Beregond refusing to leave Faramir's side, the soot and dried blood on his face, and how he just curls up on the floor when told to rest - those are all so telling of his devotion to Faramir. After having saved him from death once already during the night, he's not about to take any further chances. [ The elves found rest by gazing on green leaves or into the star-dappled heavens, and so he found new strength as he looked at his charge.] Oh, that's very lovely; that after a night (all right, a lifetime) of ceaseless battle, Aragorn is able to refresh his soul by practicing his healing arts. An interesting twist to "The hands of the king are the hands of a healer..." in the dichotomy of roles. Very beautifully done!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Sleeping Faramir, exhausted Beregond who follows orders exactly, watching King-to-be, all come together in a tableau of healing, all finding rest and [restoration] in a brief moment in the aftermath of the Battle of the Pelennor and the concommitant battle for Faramir's life within the Hallows. This story in and of itself is restful and restorative in spite of its brevity. It is wonderful to find Hope returned to Gondor in this manner.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

This story is so very peaceful. You can see Aragorn soothing everyone around him, but the surprise is how much this, in turn, soothes Aragorn. There's a calming effect for all in this little story, and the descriptions manage to convey that tone beautifully to the readers. Powerful narrative that is driven by both the surroundings and by the character of Aragorn himself.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a lovely little scene. The imagery of Aragorn comparing sitting at Faramir's bedside with the elves restoring their spirit by watching leaves, is very soothing and peaceful. I like the description of Beregond. Here is the reminder of the horrors of the just ended battle.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

This is a nice vignette, all the nicer for including Beregond. It definately works for me that Aragorn might find self-refreshment in the success of this good works. I think all creators feel that way.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

The notion of Aragorn finding spiritual refreshment by checking his recovering patients is lovely, and it seems very typical of Aragorn's character. This is a wonderful, quiet moment of renewal, a calm between storms. I love Aragorn's mention that for him and Faramir both it is a time when marvels might come to pass.

Reviewed by: Avon  ✧  Score: 3

That's one of the nicest House of Healing ficlets I've read. It was a great combination of little details - Elrond's knowledge, the tired and dirty soldier, the tan on Faramir's wrist still - with hints of a new future to come. Well done.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

a bond is made now we await the outcome...well scored.