2008 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Frodo and Faramir - Second Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo and Faramir discuss the rubble that was Minas Tirith after the quest.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
It's amazing to me how so much hope can be packed into such a small space. There are a wealth of emotions gathered together in this story, and they all feel true and earned. First we find Frodo, perched precariously on stone, which is so appropriate given the crossroads he will face over the next few years as a Ring-bearer who doesn't really belong in Middle-earth anymore. Then there's Faramir, who has eyes only for the desolation and whose wounds are still near enough that remembrance is painful. All of this is portrayed in vivid, vibrant detail with only a few well-chosen words. But the real clencher is Frodo's response, acknowledging that even though Minas Tirith might never be the same again, at least [it will be]. Fantastic line that wraps up all the hope and all the change and all the sorrow that pervades the whole of Tolkien's work. The closing lines where Faramir and Frodo can both laugh and smile in the sunlight strikes the perfect tone on which to the end such a hopeful little story. Brilliant vignette!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 6
This story seems to hover between two favorite lines from TTT: Faramir's wish that Minas Tirith be remembered for her ancientry and wisdom, and his foreboding that he and Frodo would not meet again under the sun. But we know that they do, and Claudia seems to emphasize the undoing of Faramir's foreboding with the very title chosen, while at the same time emphasizing the correctness of that original wish. There is no going back to what Minas Tirith has been, yet this is not in itself a bad thing, as Frodo reminds his solemn Ranger friend. Faramir seems always to balance on the edge of the deadly Numenorean nostalgic impulse, and I like the way Frodo and the simple joy of experiencing the sunlight, are able to undercut it. Nice vignette!
Reviewed by: Antane ✧ Score: 4
I love Frodo and Faramir reunion stories and this one is sweet, for these two are kindred spirits, Faramir being a hobbit in a man's skin. And I love his words about seeing the sun. Frodo sees ruin and the present, but Faramir sees beyond that, into the future, as I think he always did, looking forward to the return of the king that has now come. In some ways, he could be named Hope Unquenchable too. I love him.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 4
I think this may actually be the first of Claudia's stories that I ever read. In it, Frodo and Faramir look over the rubble of the ruined portions on Minas Tirith. It's one of those pieces that could have come across as grim and sad but actually feels hopeful: the feeling is that even though much of the city is damaged and it will never be exactly the same, it will be rebuilt. Beautifully done.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
One of the very last things that Faramir says to Frodo in Ithilien in Return of the King before he and Sam head off in Gollum's company is [" I do not hope to see you again on any other day under the Sun. Yet if ever beyond hope you return to the lands of the living, and we re-tell our tales, sitting by a wall in the sun, laughing at old grief, I shall rejoice to be with you once more! "]. This touching little vignette explores just how that conversation might have gone. The comfort these two grief-stricken and wounded friends can be to one another is beautiful, as is Frodo's simple insight. One of Claudia's best.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
Frodo imparts some profound wisdom on Faramir who is usually the wise one, and I think he has the right of it. I liked the description of the aftermath after the war and its impact on the people.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A sweet story about Faramir's reunion with Frodo in Minas Tirith, under the sun and free of the Shadow. It could have been a little longer, but it does work very well as a short story. Just enough for a bit of hope to lighten the day of a tired Captain-Steward...
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 3
[It was no longer something so small, that the sun could shine, offering light and warmth after a long, dark night.] A deceptively simple but ultimately very uplifting story. It's quite fitting that Faramir and Frodo, the two who have looked long and deeply in darkness and despair, should find comfort in warmth, sunlight, the cleansing breeze; harbingers of hope for the future.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 3
I think this story comes as close as possible to imagining what it would be like to see small, ordinary things as momentous for those of us who have not experienced catastrophic loss.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
A touching reunion for Frodo and Faramir as they contemplate Minas Tirith after the war.Claudia takes an unusual twist in that Frodo is the more optomistic of the pair,which makes perfect sense,as Faramir has seen much of his home destroyed.Both Hobbit and human can now enjoy the sun and look foreward to a future. I enjoyed this very much.
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 3
This was lovely! I absolutely loved the description (though incredibly sad) of the people weeping and digging... and Frodo's kindness in regards to Denethor... and Faramir's tears.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 2
This is a very poignant short story that conveys much meaning with few words. I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 2
Yes, at least the sun shines and the city will rise from what it's become. A hope to hold to, at least.
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 1