Fealty and Service

Author: Marta

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Drabble

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Denethor's thoughts as Faramir swears fealty to Gondor on coming of age.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

A look at the father and son that is surprising to say the least.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I like this, Marta! It's sometimes said by us old(er) people that our parents never see us as true adults until we marry and have children. In the case of a necessarily-martial society (stuck on the edge of Mordor), this swearing-in ceremony must be Faramir's threshold of full manhood in Denethor's eyes. I was especially struck by Denethor's musings on naming Faramir "Sufficient Jewel"; I think he regrets selling his son short now. "Kindred flesh, men of Gondor." A perfect summary of what they share, in so few words. Bravo!

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

Knowing how their relationship changes later makes this proud moment as seen by Denethor very bittersweet to the reader, as I am sure the author intended.