Singer by the shore
Author: Beth Winter
2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: On a dark night in Dol Amroth, Boromir and Faramir meet a singer who only sings the truth. Denethor's sons are children in this introspective story.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Wow. I liked this. Of course, I'm an elf-aholic and any story with my favorite Feanorian gets extra points. Well done
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
My favorite part was when, separately the boy's asked if the Singer was speaking a prophecy. "Guesswork," he answered one. "Experience," the other. And so these two meet a very old Elf and yet it never mentions him being an Elf. Which is interesting. It would be neat to see what they think of Legolas in later life after this experience.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
I love stories that bring Maglor back into the picture, and this one does it so well. The wisdom, foresight, and complexity of Fëanor's son is beautifully portrayed here. Better still are Boromir and Faramir. Already the differences and the similarities that mark them as adults can be seen here in their youth. Faramir is willing to see the good in the world, while Boromir can think of almost except the darkness looming over Gondor. Faramir is more willing to accept change and the fantastic, but Boromir is more practical and pragmatic. Beautiful dialogue, beautiful foreshadowing, and beautiful characterization.
Reviewed by: Jilian ✧ Score: N/A
A wonderful story with one of my favourite characters in it, Maglor. While the primary interest of the story centers where it should with the boys, you get a strong sense of the other worldliness of the elf, and the wonder the children feel. Also, you get the feeling that as young as they are, they know they have had an extraordinary encounter with someone whose experiences range back to the elder days. I can't also but help see a future scene, when Arwen has a conversation with her husband's steward, and that night is mentioned. I bet her saying, 'oh, but you are talking of my foster grandfather' would blow Faramir right out of the water!
Reviewed by: Fourth Moon ✧ Score: N/A
This story drew me right from the beginning with it's vivid description of the two brothers wandering through the night. The different creatures they imagine in the night - Faramir's elves and ancient warriors versus Boromir's orcs - are a wonderful way to show how different they think. All the events - Boromir falling, the appearance of the Singer, - are written wonderfully expressive and captivating. I love the characteristics of the brothers and their relation to each other: Boromir's consciousness of dignity and unthinking bravery, Faramir's self-assertiveness when it comes to his knowledge, and the light squabbling between them. Only flaw: the lyrics of the song loose something of the spell-binding quality of the rest of the story. Leaving the actual words unspoken and just describing the images the songs wake in the boys works far better for me - the last song is just perfect in creating a haunting, sad mood.