My Sword Sings

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: Fiondil

2007 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: Graphic violence - also violence done to children.

Summary: Denethor dies. We all know that. But what would have happened if he had died earlier? Occurs in the year 2989 of the Third Age of Men. An AU with an OC from another tale. The tale took me places I did not expect to go.

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Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 10

While AU, this story retains the feel of canon and is a very well crafted tale of treachery and intrigue. It was heartbreaking to see Boromir dying so young. I suppose it was never his fate to be the Steward of Gondor. I loved the character of Indis. It's rare to see strong women characters who don't come off sounding like total harridans and shrews. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The introduction of canon characters, especially those who are minor characters in LOTR, such as Targon, or, like Éomund, are already dead, was cleverly and seamlessly done. It's harrowing to read of the abuse of children who are seen only as pawns in the cruel game of politics. Amandil and his cronies care nothing for the well-being of Boromir and Faramir. Unfortunately, such things still happen even in our world, such as with the Lost Boys of the Sudan and even on the streets of my own country. I liked the portrayal of Théodred, who we know only from the reports of others, as he dies off-screen, so to speak, in LOTR. I had to go back to the Appendices to discover that he and Boromir were indeed the same age. That is something I never knew. It's even more interesting, when you look at the Tale of Years for 3019, that Théodred and Boromir die one day apart from one another. This tale was both gripping and yet hard to read because of the plot and the sense of doom that hangs over the characters. Yet, I enjoyed the story very much and look eagerly to readi8ng the sequels.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 7

The story starts when the news of Denethor's assassination reaches Edoras, where his sister and his sons stayed for a visit. Rohan is loyal to the Steward's house, and we follow his sister and Theoden and the boys (Boromir, Faramir and Theodred) on their dangerous way to Minas Tirith to claim the Stewardship for Boromir, who is only a boy of 11 in this story. The story had me on the edge of my seat. Traitors and assassins are everywhere and the plot has some surprising twists and turns I didn't expect. The children are well characterized and Indis, Denethor's sister, an OC, takes on a life of her own. The women in this story take on an active leading role, which is not always to the liking of the Rohirrim who, despite of having the tradition of shield maiden, prefer that Indis would stay out of the fighting. There are a lot of familiar names of minor Tolkien characters, which are in their prime during the timeline of this story, and get a chance to shine.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

[warning - some spoilers ahead] A long and complex AU tale proceeding from a premise that has not, to my knowledge, been used in AU Tolkien fanfiction - Denethor dies about 30 years before the Ring War, leaving two grieving, motherless sons and a sister determined to protect both her nephews and Gondor. Agape deserves respect for the vision and scope of this story; which features a dizzying number of OC's and canon characters and abounds with thrills and chills.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A most fascinating AU, as we watch treason take Denethor and threaten his two young sons as well as the peace and stability of Rohan. But can Denethor's sister Indis, whose husband has died so recently, manage to protect the sons of the Steward and the realm until Boromir is ready for Rod and Chair? Full of intrigue and engagingly written.