A Kind of Valediction

Author: Altariel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Post-War of the Ring

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A Minas Tirith ghost story. Ten years after the pyre, Faramir is still haunted by the past.

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Wow. I liked once his vision started and that he finally figured out what they wanted of him: release, confirmation of what they had done. A kind of validiction, just like the title. And he could tell them that what they waited for had finally come, that what they had done had saved Gondor in the end. The king had returned. Well-written and well-told. Bravo.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I don't know how many variations I can come up with, but here's trying: tightly paced, not a word wasted. I remember that when this first was posted in installments, I was surprised by the twist it took. I suppose I'd expected the pyre to return to haunt Faramir; I'd not expected him to be the one passing judgment on his father, or that it would take the form it did. Denethor, even as a shade, is himself-proud enough and strong enough to isolate himself, but in desperate need of others to give him a place and integrate him into their lives, rather than the reverse. Poor man! Lucky for him, he does have Faramir, and the line of stewards is made whole once more.

Reviewed by: Avon  ✧  Score: N/A

Not only is it a dead cool title - it's also a dead cool story.