Snowdrops and Bluebells

Author: Regina

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Faramir and Éowyn - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: As Eowyn's friendship with Merry deepens during their stay in the Houses of Healing, other feelings are unthawed in her heart as well. A detailing of Eowyn's courtship by Faramir from her point of view.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

How difficult was it to write this in first person POV? I find writing that way very difficult, at least writing stories. It was, howerver, a really good look into Eowyn's feelings and thoughts. I always wondered just how much time there was between her killing the witch king and knowing that she loved Faramir. Maybe it was a case of them being in an intense situation, so things happened faster, but I always thought it felt too short of a time. This was a good gap-filler for me because of that, to see that she did struggle. And I loved that you gave Merry a big role. I read so much elf fiction that it's nice to read about the roles the hobbits actually played. Well done.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

What really makes this story tick are the sideline characters. And when I say that I think specifically of Lothíriel. We only see her in a few chapters, and only briefly at that, but her words about healing being more difficult than swordplay give Eowyn quite a lot to think about. It's more or less the culmination of what she has been learning from Faramir and Merry over the course of the story, and I think it caps off those final moments of indecision nicely. It really all boils down to that last choice. And though he is only mentioned by name, Gríma Wormtongue has a surprisingly strong presence in the first few chapters as well. It's the little things and the smaller characters that ultimately push Eowyn one way or the other. The small, almost unspoken addition of Pippin, Legolas, and Gimli towards the end rounds out the story nicely, and in the end, we get a courtship of Eowyn that is really an ensemble production. I've never thought of it in that light before, but I like the way it's portrayed here.