Author: Cheryl

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Ithilien Drabble - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Legolas plants Faramir a garden in Ithilien.

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Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 4

This is a beautiful drabble. Cheryl has strongly conveyed the way Legolas is in touch with the rhythms of nature in his slow and peaceful planting, and his whispered words to each plant. His affection for Faramir and Éowyn, and his appreciation of their work in renewing Ithilien shines through, as does Faramir’s appreciation of Legolas’s input. A great moment of friendship.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

There's something very quiet, almost reverent, about this drabble, and I like that feel. Legolas's devotion to his work is nice to see, and here again, I like the very quiet way his connection to plants is handled. It's not overplayed at all but rather done very simply, and Faramir's simple thanks speaks volumes.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

Lots of little things I liked about this drabble. Faramir's use of an elvish greeting shows a nice bit of racial sensitivity. Legolas's invocation to the tree to "grow well" seemed very suitable for an elf. Lots of little things like that really make this drabble work.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

What lovely scenery - postWar Ithilien, posies and plants growing, and two of Middle-earth's most attractive males in the garden. I'm packing up my spade and watering can and heading out to Emyn Arnen as soon as possible! Seriously, a skillfully written and evocative drabble. Nice use of Sindarin, too!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

It's nice to see something made of the fact that Faramir and Legolas are neighbors in the new age, and of Legolas' observation that gardens are badly needed in Gondor.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

It's nice to see Legolas here, so hopeful and practical; engaged for once in such a simple action. I found Faramir actually extraneous here.