In the Name of the King

Author: Ellynn

Nominator: Linaewen

2011 Award Category: Ficlet: General - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

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

Summary: Inspired by the fan movie "Born of Hope". In the last moments of his life, Halbarad remembers a day long ago and his vision about Aragorn. (Ficlet of about 830 words)

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Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 10

This is a beautiful, beautiful tale of faith and never-ending supportive service. Halbarad is such an awesome character, there simply are not enough stories about him! For that reason alone, I would love this story. But that is not the only reason this tale is special to me; it is also very beautifully written in such a way as to inspire the heart to want to serve such a king as Halbarad did, to make one thankful that there could be such men as this who never lose sight of the goal and are always present and ready to encourage, to make one smile even in the midst of tears for an amazing person lost to death. Even Halbarad's attitude as he faces death is inspiring, for he faces it boldly and without fear, knowing without any doubt at all that what he foresaw in the past will surely come true. That faith makes the sorrow he feels at being parted from his loved ones infinitely more bearable, because he knows they will be safe. This story is a fitting sequel to that awesome film "Born of Hope" and it is also a vital missing piece in Tolkien's tale of the battle before the gates of Minas Tirith. Ellyn's beautiful tale is most definitely going to be included on my list of must-read gap fillers that are part of my regular rereading of the Professor's epic trilogy. I can't recommend this story highly enough!

Author response: Aww, you really touched me deeply with this kind review and praise. Thank you so much!

Reviewed by: mirach  ✧  Score: 5

When I watched Born of Hope, the moment when little Halbarad held Aragorn’s standard in a game hit me right into the heart, like a bittersweet thorn, and that's the same way this story feels to me. It contains deep sorrow for Halbarad, and for Aragorn's loss in the day when the children‘s game fulfilled in reality, and Halbarad held his standard high in the battlefield of Pelennor until the very last moment. It is a beautifuly written story, portraying the deep relationship between Aragorn and Halbarad, and he depth of his loss that is not potrayed closely in the books.

Author response: Aww, thank you for the compliments, dear!

Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 5

Halbarad and a tag stating 'Death of a canon character' always make me nervous, so I didn't want to read this fic because I knew it would probably make me cry. But I also know that the author has a fine touch, and would treat my silent hero's last moments with the utmost dignity. And she did not disappoint. His last moments were not filled with self-pity and recriminations, but a strange sort of happiness and satisfaction, and also with the sadness of family lost to him forever. Tragic and bittersweet, this fic also contains one of the best words in all the MEFA 2011 nominations ... 'fulcrum'! SUCH a brilliant word. Ellyn deserves an award just for using that ...!

Author response: Thank you for your praise, your kind words mean so much to me! *hugs*

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

Dear Ellynn, I have not seen the film you are referring to, but I can easily imagine how a scene such as you describe would inspire this story. Halbarad, such a vague character in the books, offers so much scope for extension, and you have made good use of that. It is a moving and convincing gesture that you have chosen to be his last, and it gives a satisfactory ending to a life of which we know very little, but can imagine a little more thanks to this story.

Author response: I hope you'll see it soon; and if you want to see the scene that inspired me, you can take a look at the banner I've made for myself (it is on my LJ). And thank you for your kind review. :)

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A story to make one cry and smile at the same time; Halbarad's last moments, entwined with his memory of upholding, semi-seriously, the claim of the very young Aragorn. I remember the scene that the story references, from the fan-made movie-for-internet, "Born of Hope", but one does not need to have watched the movie to enjoy this story. Halbarad's lifelong constancy and commitment to his kinsman and friend and king are well delineated here.

Author response: I am glad this made you smile, and, uhm, sorry it made you cry (I am always a little confused when someone tells me she cried because of my stories). And I am thankful for this kind review.

Reviewed by: Inzilbeth  ✧  Score: 4

Ellynn I so enjoyed this and I'm so glad that moment in the film inspired you to write this. You've captured everything we could hope for in Halbarad, his sense of duty, his love, his loyalty to Aragorn and to his people and his hope for a better life for those left behind. There's a beautiful and poignant symmetry in his naming the Pelennor just as he did that field back home in the North all those years ago. Very well done indeed.

Author response: Thanks so much for the compliments, dear!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a poignant ficlet. Describing the last moments of Halbarad's life. In his last thoughts, Halbarad experienced the defining events of his belief in Aragorn and the future. I haven't seen the movie "Born of Hope". But the catch phrase encompasses Halbarad's whole life and lets him rest in peace, now that he can fulfill those words.

Author response: I hope you'll see Born of Hope soon, it is really good. And thank you for the review, I am glad you like this.