2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst) - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: N/A
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Religion: from Latin re-ligare, "to bind again." Friendship is religion in that sense. This short fic features a very young Halbarad and Aragorn as they come to grips with a changing friendship and new identities.
Reviewed by: Rhapsody ✧ Score: 6
Religion is another great story in which Dwimordene crawls under Halbarads skin and shows us his emotions and thoughts in this captivating story. Halbarads inner struggle is well explored and I can sense his confusion. I absolutely love the way Dwimordene handles this. Barrow Downs is most certainly not the place I want to be. Dwim writes this places so incredibly haunting that it makes me want to hiss to the characters to get out of there, especially when they encounter the wights. But then, rangers dont walk away from such a thing. The ending phrase is very hopeful and I feel glad to read that both start anew at dawn. A great and haunting story Dwimordene!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 5
Very nice insight into the possible relationship between Halbarad and Aragorn, and how said relationship might have changed by the revelation that Estel was Isildur's heir. You captured the terror of the wights quite well (so much so that I almost wish you had developed that further), and I don't think the verse was so bad. ;-) Though I do think Aragorn will have to get used to this uneasiness if he's going to go around collecting names like he seems to do. All in all a nice fic developing two of my favourite characters.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 5
I don't tend to like hobbitless stories, but for Dwim I happily make an exception. I particularly enjoy her sense of drama and especially when they involve things that go bump in the night. This was so well told, that I felt the wind upon my face on the lonely Barrow Downs as well as sensing the awkwardness that lay between the two men initially. The story resolves satisfyingly as they find a comfortable understanding that things have changed and yet their friendship has remained. A worthy read!
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
I read this story a long time ago, but I must confess that I'd forgotten about it until now. Which is a shame, because it's a brilliant example of how to foil an internal conflict against an external conflict. The fact that one provides a solution of sorts to the other makes for a very tidy conclusion, and Dwimordene's unequaled skill with narratives and with characterization (these two characters in particular) makes the whole thing feel very tight and very compelling.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 4
This is a nice short story which fills out a bit about Halbarad, the character who gets no more than a few sentences as Aragorn's kinsman in Tolkien's work. Halbarad comes to life in this vignette. The description of the Barrow wights is eerie. The reader can feel the loneliness of the wilds and the danger which comes when friends are divided. Although Halbarad and Aragorn are not really at odds with each other.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A lovely tale. I am intreaged and look forward to having a chance to read the tale that it is a companion to. Your characterisation of Halbarad is very interesting and his issues with realising who Aragorn is. In a wa, there i the questions of why hid had not known and how he found out, but I suppose that those questions wre not a part of this tale.
Reviewed by: Azalais ✧ Score: 3
Dwim writes fabulous Aragorn and Halbarad, and I liked the awkwardness that lay between them here and the reasons for it - names matter. Nice use of the constellations. The encounter with the wights is creepy, and Halbarad's moment of foresight is terribly poignant.