Author: Altariel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: death by hanging

Summary: How to win friends and influence people. Faramir and the Ithilien Rangers.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Very intriguing! I didn't think I'd be interested in such a subject, but it proved very interesting indeed in such worth hands. When seen first through the eyes of the old hands, we see a new officer full of inexperience, but as the story unfolds we see the method in Faramir's madness, which is no madness at all. Mablung comes round to see it within the story just as we do reading it. Faramir is an officer, and a good one at that.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

In which Faramir is forced to make a brutal decision in cold blood, and displays his native gift for seeking responsibility to the point of self-torture. Being captain of the Rangers in time of war is not all sweetness and light, nor even victory and defeat-it's a moral quandary to be faced every day.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

This is for me a very good adventure story: suspense and the characterization of Faramir work together to create a dark story even though these events occurs during very hot days. We see Damrod start his life with the rangers by applying Faramir's rules still rejected by more experienced rangers. Newly appointed captain Faramir has yet to win the respect of his men and he achieves it by solving the problem of the spy in the pool. The story shows us how Faramir managed to win friends and influence people during his early Captainship of the Ithilien Rangers who were at that time very reserved concerning the inexperienced son of the Steward. This is a very good gap-filler who describes Faramir as I envision him from LotR. Very well done is the description of the different reactions of the various rangers to Faramir's mannerisms and commands. Very enjoyable and partly amusing are these reactions, for instance Mablung's trials and tribulations to get his work done according to Faramir's commands while he inwardly chafes about the highborn captain. And Faramir shows cold anger finding his commands are set aside by all and sundry: "I did not realize, Mablung, that I was here solely in an advisory capacity. Perhaps there is something I do not fully understand about the chain of command?". Naturally in the end all see the wisdom behind Faramir's commands. As in "Fair Game" the speech is not as beautiful as I know Altariel to be able to write. It seems for adventures Altariel uses a more modern speech than in the introspective pieces. "Schoolroom" and "schoolboy" for me is not quite rightly used in a LotR story. What I wonder here, why does Faramir not use his Numenorean ability to pry into the mind of the spy as he did in LotR with Gollum ? Maybe he is still learning to use this ability. Nevertheless, I admire Altariel for this story.

Reviewed by: Avon  ✧  Score: N/A

I find this bleak but damned well written. It's another story which makes me shake my head and go poor, poor little Faramir. I commend it also for its excellent Mablung.