The Silent Street

Author: Lindelea

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Drabble - First Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Beregond's thoughts as he fights for his Captain's life.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Wow, this was very powerful. Gave me goosebumps.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This is one of the most powerful drabbles I've ever read. Beregond's thoughts are sobering and dark. He is clearly at the edge of his limits, but he keeps pushing out of love for his captain. The words of traitor and rebel that the others throw at him hurt even more as we realize he knows exactly what he's doing and can't turn away from it no matter how much it pains him. He's saying those same words of rebel and traitor to himself, but he won't back down. He can't, and he knows it, though it seems he longs to die himself. A great characterization of Beregond's loyalty and the general madness that took place at the end of Denethor's reign.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

Wunderbar! The line "Whence cometh my aid" felt almost Biblical; in fact, it's a quote from the 121st Psalm, I think? "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD." But perhaps that's not intentional. Regardless, the piece was very nice. The sword drinking blood called to mind Túrin Turambar - excellent touch.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I loved the line that Beregond had never drawn a disloyal breath in his life. I can well imagine his distress in this scene. Some issues of diction but overall, nicely done.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Ah, what a tough positioin Beregond was in. Truly he had to slay friends to save Faramir. That is understated in LOTR, I think.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh, dear, this pulls me into the action immediately and makes me feel that I am right there. I hadn't read your summary, but I like the fact that you established the character, the event and the locale immediately -- hard to do in so few words! Good references to canon -- Denethor's words add to the urgency of the situation. The fact that one of the men he slew was his nephew really brings the pain home -- these are not just his peers, they are kindred as well. Good use of repetition with "heart". I really get the sense of outrage -- Beregond has never been disloyal, but he is called that and worse because he is trying to save the life of his beloved Captain! That's insanity!

Reviewed by: Fourth Moon  ✧  Score: N/A

This drabble is fantastic in so many different ways: It centers on an underused, but very deserving character, picks one of the most drastic situations Beregond is going through, and manages to capture it in the limitations of hundred word count. I'm amazed about how perfect a job Lindelea did on showing the torment it must have been for Beregond to fight against his comrades and friends, wounding and even killing them, without making it feel too soppy. Inventing a relative among his foes (at least I think that this wasn't part of book-canon) stresses this even more, though it wouldn't have been neccessary IMO - it's almost a bit too much for me; the situation is tragic enough without it. The way the different, clashing motivations and inputs are depicted is cleverly done and works wondeful to me to make the situation come to life: Denethor calling for Beregond to be killed, the death he has to cause and his own horror at this, being called a traitor, and fearing for the life of his captain. Another excellent element is the repetition of the first line in the end: this works great to stress how caught up in the situation Beregond is, how all his pain and aversion neither help him out of it nor change his mind.This is all that a drabble should be: it concentrates a situation, a character and emotions into hundred words and makes me wish it was much longer to read.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

This drabble really sums up the evil predicament that Beregond found himself in. Not only does he fight against his friends in an effort to protect Faramir. By having Beregond slay his own nephew though his own heart breaks in the process, Lindelea really shows up the depth of his nobility and sense of duty.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: N/A

This drabble is chilling. The circumstance that Beregond finds himself in is unenviable, and yet he strives to do his best despite the personal cost.