One last hope

Author: Lirulin

Nominator: mirach

2011 Award Category: Men: Aragorn

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: What if Aragorn was raised by the dark...

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Reviewed by: mirach  ✧  Score: 6

What if Aragorn has been raised by the dark? This is a “what if” story, but it is not as simple as it seems. There is another “what if”, one that makes one think and wonder about the possibilities. What if the darkness is not what it seems? The story is short, but the consequences of these possibilities stretch far. And Aragorn is himself, no matter the circumstances. If he is Estel, Hope for the Dúnedain, he is also Astel – the same word in the language of the dark, for someone else, and at the end, the paths of fate connect, and the story ends just like professor Tolkien intended it, but with one difference – more understanding for the dark ones, not only for Aragorn, but also for the reader.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This tale turns the familiar story on its head in an interesting way. The end result is the same. Aragorn is king of Gondor, the ring is destroyed, but the motives and history of the characters change in an unexpected twist.