Safe Harbour

Author: EdorasLass

Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)

2011 Award Category: Men: Faramir

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In the days following the end of the War, Faramir is visited by an old friend. Part of the "Under My Wing" universe.

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Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 8

Taking on too much work, straining himself and his recovery, and letting his mind focus on dark thoughts are but only some of the things Faramir has been allowing to happen when we meet him in this beautifully told tale. And it takes a special kind of person to help put an end to all of it. While overworking himself in his study, reading reports about the state of the city, Faramir is paid a surprise visit by his old nanny who he hasn't seen in years. I particularly love how Faramir sees her, the renewed surprise at being so much taller than her, noticing how small in stature she really is although she is by no means a "small" woman. It's very touching to see the grown battle-scarred man fall happily and willingly back to a time when this woman gave him so much love and support. And that Nanny can see right through him is perfect, for he will always be her charge, regardless of his age. This is such a lovely story. The character of Nanny features in several of edoraslass's stories about Boromir and Faramir, and to see her return after the War to tend to Faramir again in her own special way is great.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 6

A quietly heart-rending entry in EdorasLass' delightful 'Under My Wing' series of stories about the nanny of Denethor's sons. Most of the tales occur during her service to Denethor and Finduilas and their sons; but this one takes place well afterward, when Nanny visits a recovering Faramir shortly after the Ring War ends. Faramir sees both the woman she is now and the Nanny who soothed his childhood sorrows and cared for him. He is not a man to start weeping buckets; but Nanny's mix of practical authority and loving concern does help him to begin to unburden himself, as he could do with no one else at this time. To the Nanny, Faramir is not The Steward or The Captain; he is her "rabbit", someone to be scolded for working in poor light and not eating enough, and someone she dearly loves. EdorasLass writes their interaction sensitively and with outstanding credibility.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

Even Faramir has to admit he’s been pushing himself too hard in reviewing the reports of damage to the city when he still has not allowed himself to fully grieve for the losses of brother and father, much less been out of the Houses of Healing for such a brief time. It takes the visit of one who loved him dearly as a child toremind him that he has a duty to himself as well as duty to the realm and the new King! Well told! I so love the thought of Faramir, former Captain of the Rangers of Ithilien, reduced to a child’s responses by a visit from his former nanny!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 4

EdorasLass's Nanny is a mainstay of her Steward's family, a motherly presence who keeps her wards and their father in check and pointed all in more or less the right direction. This reunion works very well, letting us see her again through a now adult Faramir's eyes. I'm sure that fans of EdorasLass's work will love this; for those who don't know it - well, this is an excellent excuse to go check it out.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

I liked this idea that, after the death of Denethor's Finduilas, a nursemaid would have been acquired to help raise the boys. And this scene, set so many years after Faramir has left childhood, is heartwarming and sweet.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This story gives me a homey, warm feeling. It is good to see Faramir is not as alone, as I always thought (at least in this universe), but it makes sense that he would have some trusted and longtime servants. This nanny knows him too well and comes at the right time to speed his recovery.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

An excellent story, very descriptively written, with wonderful character development. The original character is a very good one, and Faramir is portrayed equally well. Nice to know that someone cared about him, especially at such a difficult time in his life. Well worth reading.