The King is Dead

Author: Altariel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Denethor teaches a young Faramir the game of chess.

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Interesting. Good, not too-blunt, foreshadowing of Denethor's opinions on Faramir, but also some evidence that he cares for his younger son. Denethor must have cared for his sons in the past, even though he gets soured by the palantir in later life, and Faramir suffers for it. Well-written. I enjoyed this.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

You just can't play a nice friendly game of chess with Denethor. There's always some lesson to learn, even for a young child. But I did love this glimpse of Faramir and Denethor.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This is one of my favorite stories involving Faramir and Denethor. Here is a tale that searches out the things both men share (or in this case, the things that a man and an eleven-year-old child share) and capitalizes on it. I love the way their minds work, and I love how Denethor is able to teach Faramir something through his subtle maneuvering of the game and also of Faramir himself. Denethor's methods may be hard to understand for some, but they work quite well at the chessboard, and it seems that Faramir takes the message to heart. On a side note, I love the fact that Boromir fled BACK to the troops for some peace after coming up against Faramir and his newly acquired chess set. A very quick note, but it's a wonderful insight into the brothers and also into the fact that Faramir can sometimes be just as obsessed over certain things as his father.

Reviewed by: Chathol-linn  ✧  Score: N/A

A good bit of story telling here. The writer knows her craft. No extra words. She uses the dialog to good effect. Since it is writing and not actual conversation, the dialog can't have the verbosity of natural conversation yet the characters sound as if they are talking. Also, the dialog reveals the personalities' views on winning, and does it skillfully.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

Precursor to "Black Captain". Altariel at her best: Denethor educates Faramir in strategy and tactics in war and political fencing by using the game of chess as a foil. Denethor is described as a very able father and tutor apprising his son correctly and furthering his education expertly. Not as poetic as other stories but quite a nice gap-filler with respect to family history.