Dragon of the North
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Pre-Quest Drabbles - Second Place
Story Type: Drabble ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Denethor watches his father Ecthelion accept Thorongil's service.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 6
I think the thing I love so much about this one is that Denethor is just so thoroughly Denethor. Not gentle by any means -- political. Conniving, almost, but not in a bad way. He sees Aragorn as a mercenary of sorts, and all of Thengel's words aren't enough to change his opinion. And he thinks he has his father cornered (or at least that he knows his father's mind), but he is of course surprised at the end. Also very Aragorn through and through, so calm and controlled but all of his words are true. Of course, I've come to expect nothing less from Gwynnyd. And, since I am by no means above flinging nuzgul in a review, may I beg for some treatment of that meeting between Aragorn and Bard? Even a drable. I really want to see it now. :-)
Reviewed by: Tanaqui ✧ Score: 5
Poor Denethor! How cruel Ecthelions evident preference for Thorongil must have seemed -- especially on his birthday! -- and how it must have increasingly tortured Denethor over the subsequent years. No wonder Sauron was eventually able to play so effectively on it. While we perhaps see Denethors pride get the better of him in his decision, Gwynnyd also shows us his legitimate concerns about this stranger. A wonderful drabble capturing the complexities of the future Steward.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 3
I enjoyed Denethor's attitude in this story. Gondor is everything to him, both now and up until his death. And he wants only the best for Gondor. I can see how this want would affect his perceptions of an unknown Northerner. Good characterization.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An interesting and clever drabble. I like the way Denethor seems to be unaware of the importance of the simble, while it is clear that his father knows it.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 1
Hm, it seems jealousy and strife were early connected to Thorongil in Denethor's eyes.