The Treasure Hunter
Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2009 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor Drabbles
Story Type: Drabble ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: "Let us dwell in fair Ithilien and there make a garden", Faramir said, and throughout his travels he collected treasures to make that dream a reality. (Written for the "Saddlebags" challenge at tolkien_weekly)
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
Fanfiction paints so many different sides of Faramir. We see the scholar, we see the warrior, we see the Steward, we see the Second Son, we see the mourner, etc. But so very rarely do we see him as a gardener. And here is made a crucial addition to fandom by painting this fantastic portrait of Faramir carrying bulbs in his shirt. I love the descriptions of all the various ways he transported plants and seeds home to Eowyn. There are also echoes of the scholar here, because the drabble includes details of how he sketched the plants so that they could provide the right shade, the right soil, and the right animal life. But it all goes back to the idea of gardening and how the end of the War of the Ring gave new life to all kinds of different pursuits. Fantastic drabble!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
I remember reading this the first time, thinking how Ann had managed in so few words to capture Faramir as an artist, a botanist, and observer, a naturalist, a designer of a garden of delights to share with his beloved lady.... Reading it again has brought all that back once more. Again, few can say so much in so few words, allowing us to read between the lines all that was not said in words but implied and demonstrated by the little that was said so vry well!
Reviewed by: Tanaqui ✧ Score: 3
This drabble rings true to Faramir's character as a careful student of the world around him, whether judging halflings or ensuring he knows exactly the right place to set some transplanted beauty from the far corners of Gondor. And, oh, how I would like to see those sketchbooks! A lovely drabble that creates a vivid snapshot of a corner of Tolkien's world.
Reviewed by: Vilwarin ✧ Score: 3
Wonderful and poetic piece, annmarwalk. I love it how you managed to fit in a quote so seamlessly. You can really feel the devotion of Faramir as he labours to assamble all the plants and flowers and how much love he puts in every detail and need of the flower to get it just right and make a perfect garden for his lady.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This is a very interesting spin on the ["let us there make a garden"] motif - I quite like the idea of Faramir collecting treasures to bring back to Eowyn. It somehow fits his personality quite well, and is lovingly told here.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 2
Yes, these are fitting treasures for Faramir to hunt. A delightful drabble, the prose equivalent to lemon meringue!