The Name of a King

Author: mirach

Nominator: Ellynn

2011 Award Category: Drama: Featuring Aragorn

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes

Summary: Aragorn just joined the Dúnedain, after his true name has been revealed to him. He is not Estel anymore, but he does not feel like Aragorn yet, either. Between the two names, he has to find out whe he really is. Features Aragorn, Barrow-wights and Tom Bombadil…

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 9

Gosh, I really enjoyed this story. I actually read part of the first chapter a while ago and found it hard to get through, but something kept calling me back and so I answered the insistent call - and am very glad I did. For this was story about more than mere names; it was about identity and possessing the wisdom to assert it when required. It was about humility and camaraderie, and hope above all else. There are some terrific cameos in this story, both from those long past and those who have existed before the dawn of time itself. The author characterises very well, uses descriptive prose and character-appropriate dialogue. I enjoyed the flashes of poems, songs and speeches from the canon and movie world, and they are blended together beautifully and believably. There was so much more I enjoyed, but I can't go into it without waxing lyrical and, thus, giving away the plot (something I'm trying to avoid in at least some of my reviews - I must learn self-control!). A terrific wee fic that is well worth the reading - and well-worth coming back to re-read. Particularly for the scenes with Aragorn and enigmatic, but utterly charming, hosts. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 6

This is a great story. I love it. Having Tom Bombadil helping Aragorn to find his true self is a great idea. I love the characterization of Aragorn, and for the first time, I didn't get bored or annoyed with Tom. Tom is just the right person for this task. The two of them are complementing each other in this tale. It feels right. The barrow wight gave me shivers, and Tom's songs fit seamlessly into the story. I love how Aragorn's names underline his trudging through the mists and cause him to loose his way in the first chapter. This is such a contrast to the confident man at the end of the story. I had to laugh along with his rangers at the outfit Tom gave Aragorn and which he wears proudly at the inn in Bree. He must have looked ridiculous.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 5

This story is beautiful in its imagery, almost poetic in dialogue--especially Tom Bombadil's speeches; he sounds just as he should--and most perceptive in its portrayal of a quite-young Aragorn who has just been made aware of his heritage and his responsibilities to his people. Entertaining and adventurous as it is to read, this story is also a serious examination of the nature of identity. The reader is given considerable insight into the latter, both Aragorn's and Tom Bombadil's. By the final chapter, Aragorn has been changed for the better, and the reader is more than satisfied.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

Excellent story written for Teitho contest "Names", where it was one of my favorites. As always, I enjoyed Mirach's wonderful writing style and her characterization of Aragorn. Beautifully done.