2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Rohan: Vignette
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Dwim's attempt to answer the question "Is Éowyn a deserter or a heroine? Features Éomer, Éowyn, and Elfhelm.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 8
The Rider in Eomer might want things to be simple, but I think the King he is quickly becoming settled on a very just sentence for a very complicated problem. This really is a tricky question, and I'm still undecided as to whether or not Eowyn (and Elfhelm, too) are heroes or deserters. Or fellow conspirators, in Elfhelm's case. I like the idea that Elfhelm was already someone Eowyn could turn to when Eomer wasn't around or when Eomer couldn't see what was happening. I've always been a bit curious about Elfhelm, and I love his characterization here. He's calm and assured, but he's also a man under a great deal of pressure. He's willing to own up to his actions and accept their consequences, but he doesn't necessarily regret the actions themselves. He's shrewd enough to see things for what they are, but he's bold enough to act on that knowledge. This is someone I would want in command, and thank goodness Eomer decides to keep him around. Fascinating conversation between the two, and great insight into what Eowyn faced those last few days at Dunharrow.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 7
There have been several stories out there that have tried to address the question of whether Eowyn was a heroine or a deserter. And they have addressed that question with a certain amount of success, presenting one position or the other or something in between. What makes "Justice" stand out in my mind is that it does not offer an answer on whether Eowyn was right or not to leave Dunharrow. Eomer has to pass judgment on Elfhelm, of course (and that judgment seems right, in my mind; even if the mean had a good end, the mean is not completely excused). But as for Eowyn's fate, Eomer is honest enough with himself to admit that he does not know the right answer. That to me is a sign of great wisdom, even if Eomer does not recognise it as such. It was nice to see a measure of ambiguity inserted into this question, though I've come to expect no less from this author.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 4
A veyr interesting view of the characters and situations discussed. Your view of Eowyn and Eomer seems to be veyr well thought out and consistant. Seeing the interactions between Eomer and Elfhelm is very interesting and shows how Eomer is developing into a king. All in all a very interesting little piece, it is nice to see such deap and well thought out writing.
Reviewed by: ErinRua ✧ Score: 3
A strong and thoughtful look at Eomer in what had to have been one of his most difficult moments. To face and judge the result of his sister's actions could have been no easy task, for she was at once both hero and deserter. Well told, and a good resolution for Elfhelm, as well.