How the Mighty are Fallen

Author: Linda Hoyland

Nominator: Raksha the Demon

2011 Award Category: Humor: Comedy/Drama - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Adventures can be risky undertakings; there are days when stepping out the door can prove hazardous to even the highest lords of Gondor. Written for the Teitho Challenge "Falls."

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 10

Linda Hoyland peppers this hurt-comfort story with a deft sprinkling of understated humor. From Aragorn's restlessness in being cooped up doing kingly paperwork, to his intractability when injured, and the annoyance of various guards and servants over their king and steward's unconventional and inconvenient behavior, the humor brightens the story and keeps it from getting too maudlin. I loved the image of the Rohan-born healer Aedred, who fears horses, coming to the rescue perched not too comfortably on a pony between the larger horses of Aragorn's guard; and Aedred's remark about the risks of riding on big animals - especially since Aragorn has been injured doing just that, riding on his horse (more accurately, falling off of him). The conclusion is amusing; with Faramir managing, after caring personally for his slightly damaged and very irritated king, slips and falls and twists an ankle. To add insult to injury, Arwen and Eowyn come and give their opinions about their wounded warriors; and they bring up some very good points! A very enjoyable story, nicely written and well-paced. I recommend it to those who enjoy hurt-comfort with a vein of light humor, as well as Aragorn enthusiasts.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 6

Dear Linda, as you probably know I have a soft spot for your Grumpy!Aragorn and the gentle humour he frequently induces, and here we have another fine example. The dialogue is most amusing indeed, as poor Aragorn is reduced to the role of a patient debated about by his healer and his friend. Of course, hapless Aedred asks entirely the wrong question in his bid to assure Aragorn’s soundness of mind. I would feel tetchy too if, say, one of my students asked me what my name was, but to ask this of the king of Gondor! And trusts Faramir to make it all worse by dropping the ointment and slipping on it. Really, Arwen and Eowyn have their work cut out, it must be like looking after a couple of toddlers! This story gave me a smile.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Accidents will happen, even to Rangers turned King or Steward of Gondor. And, as has often been noted, those skilled in healing often prove the worst patients. So it proves when first Aragorn and then Faramir comes a-cropper while their wives are away from the White City. Alas that their natural restlessness should lead both to temporary confinement! Heh! A delightful and realistic depiction of the kind of everyday accidents that can lay even the greatest low.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

How did Aragorn and Faramir ever survive all the years of the war? But accidents do happen, and they are lucky that they are not alone in the wild when they happen. I love Aragorn's grumpiness. Being the King has its disadvantage, too many servants around.

Author response: Many thanks for your much appreciated reviews which I greatly enjoyed reading.

Reviewed by: Rivergift  ✧  Score: 3

I do so enjoy Linda Hoyland's take on Aragorn and Faramir's friendship, it's a beautiful picture of a relationship that might almost be taken for father-son, with a respect and mutual admiration that is so in-character for both. Wonderful, quirky humour, a great look at what two ex-Rangers might get up to!

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 2

Nice and funny story about little adventures of Aragorn and Faramir, that go just a little bit unplanned. I love this, especially the end.