Nominator: Linda hoyland
2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Minas Tirith
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Alcohol abuse; romantic kissing - both are more references than any extended description, but the overall theme of the story (dealing with anger and frustration) probably is beyond your definition of General.
Summary: Lothiriel of Dol Amroth was receptive to the idea of marriage to the King of Rohan, but when they finally meet his behavior makes her reconsider the possibility. (Eomer is dealing with the traumas of his life, and the burden of new responsibilities and challenges.)
Reviewed by: juliaaurelia ✧ Score: 8
This author is well-known for her creative and well-crafted tales about Rohan in the Fourth age, particularly her stories about Eomer, Lothiriel, their children, various OC's, and other canon characters. This story is no exception. It takes a slightly darker, but still realistic, viewpoint of the how Eomer and Lothiriel fell in love and came to be married. The setting is realistic to the story, as the author uses her imagination to expand upon the details of life in Meduseld and in Rohan after the war, following upon what Tolkien told us. The dialogue is very good, with no modern phrases to jar the reader out of the story. The character of Eowyn, who is sometimes over-used as a prankster in E/L romances, is used appropriately here, as she does what she can to encourage her brother and Lothiriel, without resorting to such tired devices as locking them in a linen closet or something equally silly. Overall, this is a top-notch fic and nice change from the usual "Eomer and Lothriel meet in MT before/after the War of The Ring and fall madly in love at first site" type of fic.
Reviewed by: Linda hoyland ✧ Score: 6
This is a touching story about the courtship of Eomer and Lothiriel with an added twist as the writer has roughly based it on the old fairy tale of the monster transformed by the love of the princess. Lothiriel has come to Rohan to spend the winter with Eomer and Eowyn and as a prospective bride. However, Eomer's withdrawn and drunken behaviour soon makes Lothiriel plan to leave but has not bargained for the climate of Rohan. Gradually after an accident Eomer begins to thaw and love blossoms. I love the way the writer uses the seasons to reflect Eomer's troubled emotions. We gradually come to learn what troubles Eomer through the eyes of Lothiriel. This is a realiistic portrayal of the horrors of having lived through war and loss as well as being an enjoyable read.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 5
[spoilers] In this Lothiriel/Eomer romance Lothiriel stays in Rohan after Theoden's funeral to get to know Rohan's king better and to see whether an alliance between the two is possible. Eomer is greatly troubled by his experiences of the war and the desperate situation of his people. He is not in the mood for the Gondorian princess and at first all Lothiriel's efforts are in vain. I like the characterization of Eomer. I found it very believable that the war leaves invisible scars behind. I loved Lothiriel's comparison of the past and the future with the picture of their path in the snow.
Reviewed by: Lialathuveril ✧ Score: 4
What I enjoyed about this story was the unusual characterization of Eomer. Here is a darker Eomer than usual, struggling with his demons, not the self-confident, able warrior as which he is usually depicted. A very interesting and daring scenario! And I also liked that Lothiriel showed spirit in her confrontation with him. The end is realistic in how he is not completely turned into a more cheerful man (which would be unrealistic in such a short time), yet we get a glimpse of a more carefree future.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A new and rather different spin on the romance of Eomer and Lothiriel - in this tale; Eomer is not the appealing studly horse-lord we've come to know and love; but a man who bears his own scars from the Ring War. Interesting and appealing story, with good chemistry between Eomer and Lothiriel; the latter being gentle and well-mannered but no pushover.