The Tower at Dol Amroth
2010 Award Category: Genres: Horror
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Young Faramir is visiting his grandfather when he meets someone unexpected. A little tale for the dark and dismal days of October.
Reviewed by: Linaewen ✧ Score: 6
This was a different kind of story -- but I really enjoyed it! I love little Faramir and the way he keep harking back to the fact that he misses Boromir -- but I also like that he is able to step out and have an adventure on his own, even though he really would have been more comfortable and felt braver if his big brother had been with him! I am happy that both Faramir and his grandfather find out enough to solve some of the mystery that has existed for so many years -- and that Adrahil is able to put aside the fear he had been entertaining after Faramir's discovery. There are still some mysteries left unsolved, and I like how the possibilities are discussed by an older and wiser Faramir, as he talks with his men around the fire. A rather spooky tale, and yet beautiful and sad at the same time.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 4
This is a suitable ghost story, or, was it a ghost? Faramir is gifted with sight, so there may have been more to this than meets the eye. Faramir is the perfect candidate for relaying these messages. He is old enough to overcome his fears, but young enough to just believe. I love the picture of Faramir as a young boy left alone with his grandfather eagerly waiting for Boromir's and his father's return.
Reviewed by: The Lauderdale ✧ Score: 4
This was a startling story and I can honestly say that I did not expect the plot-twist at the first break for a minute. I heartily recommend that people read this story. While I feel toward the end it falters a little (it would have benefited by providing either more answers or fewer: the middling approach it takes did not fully satisfy me, and Mablung's theory at the end feels extraneous) I know that I am going to remember it. Brrr. Disturbing, and unsettling.
Reviewed by: Ainu Laire ✧ Score: 4
An interesting tale about someone little written about! I think it was a ghost, personally, for I don't think the Eldar can survive so long without food, and that she would rather choose to fade away than be enslaved like that. Perhaps her fea was trapped there and Faramir helped set it free? In any case, it was a neat story, though I would have liked to see her story with a more conclusive ending.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Young Faramir has found a tower off the kitchens of his maternal grandfather's castle, in which he finds a woman of the Elves chained. She tells him that she is Mithrellas, and that she was chained there long ago. Was it he who took her as his wife who chained her there, or another? Was the lineage of Dol Amroth perhaps founded upon a forced mating? A most intriguing mystery for a seven-year-old boy to find. Some formatting problems as it appears at the HASA site, but definitely interesting.
Reviewed by: curiouswombat ✧ Score: 4
A rather spooky wee tale with a lot of unanswered questions - if she had been there for so long who fed her without the knowledge of the lord of the house? Or is she really a ghost? But the opening picture of Faramir as a bored seven year old is really well observed; and plot holes in the more ghostly part of the tale can be forgiven as it is a tale told, years later by the adult Faramir, of things only seen through the eyes of a child.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 3
Agape4gondor has spun an interesting tale here from that little footnote which tells us that Imrahil's family is supposed to have Elven blood. Faramir was a suitable character to find the truth - or part of it - after such a long time.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
A story very appropriate to the season! Very much October, although there is also the suggestion of spring to return by the end. It's an interesting take on the disappearance of Mithrellas, and the ghost story atmosphere of the piece helps give it a necessary dislocation from the normal stream of history.