Dragons and Shadows

Author: Branwyn

Nominator: annmarwalk

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Drabble

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Two lovers find very different ways to explain the eclipse of the moon. Faramir, Eowyn

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 6

Cultures collide when Faramir and Eowyn admire a lunar eclipse and seek to understand its mystery. Faramir, representing a sophisticated and technologically advanced culture, has a somewhat soulless explanation, while Eowyn, from a more primitive tradition (where myths and legends are still vividly alive) shares one of her people's beliefs. A particularly haunting element of this drabble is when Faramir quotes his father, admiringly; then remembers suddenly his loss and grief. "My father says--" Faramir stopped; with the slightest catch in his voice, he carefully spoke again. "My father said the darkness was merely a shadow..." I think we probably have all shared that experience, and can empathize with Faramir in that moment.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 6

One of my all-time favorite birthday presents, to be sure! A lovely vignette about the ways that different cultures, and people, explain celestial mysteries. The imagery of Denethor lost in solitary contemplation of the faraway heavens is very Numenorean, and so is particularly apt for one of the noblest, and most tragic Numenoreans of them all. And how appropriate that Denethor realized the truth about eclipses. And I loved Faramir and Eowyn's physical closeness as they watched the moon, speaking of the real and the mythic. Faramir is a realist with a stubborn tendancy to hope; while Eowyn fled from a terrible reality and became the maker, and ender, of a myth .

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Fascinating concepts. I can easily see Denethor searching out and finding the logical solution, but the Rohirrim explanation for an eclipse is so imaginative and very much in keeping with their culture. Nice exploration of differences through a simple eclipse.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

A cleverly written scene. I like the way you reflect so much of the background in the details. I also like the "realistic" explanation and its contrast the the wonderfully faticiful one.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

I like this little interlude, where old myths, memories, and science come together rather than colliding as they usually do.

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 1

This is a beautiful mix of legend and lore, fact and myth balanced and mingled. well done.