2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: "I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace..." A post-Ring War vignette.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 7
This is a really nice amalgamation of Faramir's comments about wishing to see the White Tree in bloom again (to Frodo at Henneth Annun), and Aragorn's and Gandalf's actually finding the White Tree again on the slopes of Mindolluin. I particularly liked Faramir's remembrances of Boromir -- not too angsty, which is a very nice change to see these days, when so many authors portray Faramir as having nothing but the unhappiest memories for his brother. I think he'd have those, too, but other memories besides. And it was a nice touch to introduce how Faramir would help Aragorn with politics -- that is another thing that I often find missing, or else at the forefront; most people have a hard time keeping it in the background without banishing it completely. I know I do. Anyway, this was a very nice read.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
I wish there were more stories exploring this little missing scene. What was Faramir's reaction upon seeing the new White Tree? I like the way it was handled here, starting off with musings from the Steward. Faramir seems to be somebody who goes through a lot of reflection in fanfiction, and at times it can be overdone. But that's not the case here. These reflections have a very natural feel, and they're inspired by his surroundings, which is the best way to start off musings. And for the most part, they stay within the realm of what he can see. They're observations as he watches the morning, and that makes them feel pertinent, which is probably something Faramir worked on as a Steward. But then the White Tree comes along, and though a resolution of sorts has been reached prior to this, it feels as though this was the closure we've been waiting for. Well written.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 4
This story has very lovely and well-done descriptions. I could see the dawn breaking over Minas Tirith, hear the sounds of children and restoration. Faramirs mood was serene and content with peace and the new King and I was so pleased to imagine his wonder when he saw the sapling of the White Tree, and realised that beyond hope all of his wishes for his City were come to pass.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A lovely view of Minas Tirth. I like the way you use the discriptions and his memories to draw out such an interesting character study of Faramir. I really liek the ending, it seems to fit so well and the symetry to the discriptions earlier allows it to give the piece a nice sence of closure.