2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor - Third Place
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Denethor telling funny stories? Of course not. He doesn't tell funny stories, he tells humorous anecdotes. (Why? Because it sounds more serious.) Beware! Here lies humour... *Denethor's* humour. Features Denethor, Aragorn, and Theoden.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
I will say this for Denethor: he's slick. I absolutely love the way Dwimordene characterizes him. Of course, I love the way Dwim characterizes anybody, and it goes without saying that she's among the best when it comes to Aragorn. Both were in excellent form in this story, but I think Denethor might have gotten the upperhand in the end. It's probably for the best that Theoden had a little too much Dorwinion wine, or he might have caught the full impact of the insult. Absolutely brilliant stroke on Denethor's part. Very, very slick. I also loved the small, running gag involving the young lady who is either from Dol Amroth, Morthond, or Lebennin. Perhaps Aragorn is right and he's had a bit too much to drink, too. But kudos to my favorite Ranger for his suspicions about Denethor despite a somewhat hazy memory. Wonderful vignette that seems to have as many layers as its characters.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 5
An interesting tale and a clever view of a younger Denethor. It is interesting to see a civilised intereaction between him and Aragorn. It is ususual to see this written and you do it well and convincingly, it is easy to see how this could lead downhill and to their later hostitily, but it does not necessarialy show this. The way you show the differences between the cultures of Rohan and Gondor throught the peotic forms is very clever. All in all it is an interesting story that reads well at the surface level but seems to have a lot more when read closely.
Reviewed by: Azalais ✧ Score: 5
I do like fics which acknowledge and use the fact that Tolkien filled Middle-earth with different languages as well as cultures. Dwim has great fun here playing with the different linguistic and literary traditions of Rohan and Gondor - and using them neatly to illustrate the relationships between Theoden, Aragorn (who is both Thorongil and Aelric as diplomacy demands) and Denethor, who as usual turns out to have more sides to his character, and to know a good deal more about other people, than he likes to let on.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 4
This is very cleverly done. I liked seeing Denethor in his younger, smartypants days. And this is just the sort of young man I would think that Denethor was, in his pre-Palantir, before-bitterness, son of the Steward days. Not the sort to go for simple basic banana-slipping humour - he would have to have a score in there somewhere. Good thing that Theoden is a typically casual and sporting Rohir. Nice to see Aragorn, too - more politically ept than either.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
It's always great to see Denethor letting his hair down. Yet Thorongil's comments kept it from descending into pure comedy, and the presence of Theoden (and Thorongil's concern over whether he would dishonour Rohan) was a nice touch as well. All in all a very interesting (and surprisingly light-hearted) read.
Reviewed by: Cheryl ✧ Score: 2
What a clever story!! A side of Denethor I never expected to see, but find myself completely believing! Wonderfully done!