Women’s Work

Author: AmandaK

Nominator: Tanaqui

2009 Award Category: Genres: Crossover

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Although they grew up worlds apart, Éowyn and Teyla have more in common than either might have first thought.

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Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 10

In this crossover between Tolkien and Stargate: Atlantis, AmandaK has created a character-focused piece that does an excellent job of exploring the similarities and differences between Eowyn and Teyla, and their worlds. Both women are mothers, and both are warriors. The piece does a nice job of showing the universality of motherhood and the very different status that woman at war have had in their two cultures. Both woman are also very well drawn. We see Eowyn's strength of character to cope -- and put on an appropriate public face -- in an environment where she feels isolated and afraid. We see Teyla's combination of hard-learned caution towards strangers mixed with her natural generosity and kindness, as she slowly opens up to Eowyn, and finds common ground with her. There are deft little touches throughout the piece that show how alien the two worlds are to each other, and how each appears to have its own magic: doors that open without human agency in Atlantis, and the right combination of elven words from Middle-earth to send a child to sleep. As always, AmandaK's writing is clear and evocative, conjuring up place and character with well-chosen words, and with smooth and naturalistic dialogue. My only regret with this piece is that it's so brief: I would love to see Eowyn's encounters with other members of the Atlantis expedition.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

It would have never occurred to me to put the two of them together, but now that I think about it, I believe Teyla and Eowyn would either get along fabulously or kill each other in the first meeting. The tone of this story suggests Teyla is only now getting over her suspicions, so perhaps I'm not too far off the mark. I love the way this story dispenses with exposition and gets straight into the characters. We get a few hints of a background story, and it is established that we're in Atlantis, but beyond that, the means and methods of Eowyn's arrival aren't important. What's important is the characters, and AmandaK does an exceptional job with them. Through Eowyn's eyes, we get a shieldmaiden's perspective of Teyla, and it's shrewd and perceptive. Eowyn herself has the edge of a warrior but the softness and grace of one who has put family before soldiering. An unusual crossover, but a very rewarding one!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

Ooh, a lovely little crossover with one of my favorite TV shows, Stargate: Atlantis! AmandaK's decision to team up Eowyn and Teyla in this charming vignette just rocks. For they are both warriors who are also mothers, and have grown up in a comparatively low-tech environment. And this is not just a scene of domesticity, it is about alienation, loneliness. Amidst a fabulous city where women fight alongside men with no need to disguise themselves, Eowyn feels a bit lost, missing her home and husband and child. But the comradeship with Teyla mitigates Eowyn's loneliness in entierly believable ways. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this plot thread....

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

I'm not certain what world the crossover pairs Eowyn with, but at least motherhood is universal. Eowyn is finding common bonds with her hostess.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 2

A warm glimpse of the universal bond of motherhood that unites these two very different women in this unusual and skilfully crafted crossover.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

An intriguing conversation between two strong female characters-- I find myself curious about what happened both before and after this snippet!