2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: In the library in Minas Tirith, Gandalf makes a new friend (Faramir).
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
I love gap-filler's like this. We know Faramir, from Tolkien, as an adult mostly, with few hints of his childhood. This story, and other's like it, bring his childhood to life for us. The hints of the burdens and wisdom Faramir carried, even then, are not hidden, and yet he is still a boy. And in this one, we also see Gandalf's kindness and it's neat to think of the link made by him from this boy in Minas Tirith to Frodo who will meet him so much later.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
Written from the point of view of Mithrandir visiting Minas Tirith after Finduilas' death. Very beautifully crafted words and sentences. Good use of the LotR account of Mithrandir's various names. I enjoyed how Faramir is described to resemble father and mother: "He gave me his father's stare, but when I twitched my eyebrows at him, it turned quite suddenly into his mother's smile." And how, when Mithrandir hides as promised that Faramir missed his way, and Faramir nevertheless confesses his slip to his father the proud stern Denethor laughs and pulls his son closer to him. Very well done in story line and sentence manufacture. This is a perfect example of Altariel's work. Side note: "The king's shilling" is the companion of this piece.
Reviewed by: Fourth Moon ✧ Score: N/A
This is a sweet tale of a first meeting between Gandalf and Faramir, with both characters portrayed beautifully - Faramir careful, inquisitive and already a bit guarded, Gandalf with a love to show off a bit and tell stories even when searching for important information among the record's of Minas Tirith. I especially like the relationship between Faramir and Denethor: it is already strained, which seems to have left a mark on Faramir, but Denethor is still able to show some kindness toward his younger son. This fits in beautifully with the introduction remark by Gandalf that with the death of his wife, a grayness begins to hang over Denethor, as well as with the readers' knowledge of what will happen later on.