2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Gondor or Rohan - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A young soldier finds respite in the folds of an old tree.
Reviewed by: Linaewen ✧ Score: 10
What an amazing connection Agape4gondor has made between a statement made by Quickbeam about his rowan grove and the trees of Ithilien! This is a tale that suggests a connection between Quickbeam and Faramir which is both fascinating and amazingly believable. I love stories like this that reveal believable encounters between characters that one might not have otherwise considered possible. Agape writes convincingly of such a possibility. Quickbeam never states where his grove was located, but it must certainly have been in an area frequented by Orcs with axes - and Ithilien fits the bill perfectly! And once we place Quickbeam and his grove in Ithilien, it is only natural that Faramir should become involved. Of all the Men of Gondor to have contact with Ents, it would seem that Faramir is the most likely candidate, for he seems to have a special affinity for nature, and trees in particular. Still, I like the idea that both Boromir and Finduilas enjoyed the shade of that special tree as well! It is an appealing thought to consider that Faramir might have spent pleasant days sharing his innermost thoughts with Quickbeam the Ent, when he thought he was just musing aloud under a well-loved tree. The fact that the tree followed him from the Pelennor to Ithilien reveals that Faramir was also well-loved by Quickbeam. Because of the love between them, it seems possible that there might be a reunion in their future one day! This tale of Quickbeam is special to me and will remain on my list of stories to be read over and over again.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
A fascinating look at Quickbeam's potential origins as well as one would have appreciated him, even if that one didn't fully understand Quickbeam's nature. Faramir's quiet, contemplative, and perceptive mind would probably be something that Quickbeam enjoyed, and I love the idea that he followed Faramir into Ithilien, leaving the Pelennor behind so that the two could continue their strange friendship. And it's not an entirely one-sided friendship, either, even though Faramir hasn't the faintest clue that the odd tree is an ent. Both enjoy one another's company, and though Quickbeam doesn't share words, he does share comfort. A loving portrait of two unlikely friends.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
An unusual story of an understated friendship of two very different sorts of natural Stewards - Faramir, leader of men and future steward to a returned king, and Quickbeam the shepherd of trees. The connection is immediate; though Faramir never realizes that his special tree is an Ent. Agape captures the gentleness and strength of a resting Ent; and writes Faramir very well here. I could really see this happening in Tolkien's Middle-earth. I hope there might be a sequel, where Faramir meets the wandering Ent once more.
Reviewed by: Silivren Tinu ✧ Score: 4
I love the idea that Faramir might have known Quickbeam without even realizing he did! It is a thought that never occured to me before, but it sounds entirely possible. It's a very nice thought that Faramir might have found solace in the company of his favourite 'tree' both in his youth and later, during his time in Henneth Annûn. It makes me wonder if he ever learned or guess who that 'tree' was, and what Quickbeam might have thought about the human who had so often sat leaning against his bark. I enjoyed this story very much!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
What an original idea--that Quickbeam might indeed have once dwelt in Gondor, and returned to the depths of Fangorn when his Rowan groves near the River or within Ithilien had been slaughtered by Sauron's forces! Oh, but I can so see this, and Faramir's grief when he realizes his beloved grove has been [slaughtered in its sleep] and he can find no sign of his favorite tree among them! Delightful, Agape!
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 4
A very charming idea and an unusual connection between two canon characters. I can totally see this as being possible. The scene is set well, with good descriptions, and Faramir's characterisation is believable and makes the connection very convincing. It makes me wonder if Faramir will some day realise the true nature of his "tree" after the events of the WotR, but for now, I really like it that he remains oblivious of it here.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 3
A friendship between Ent and Man with the Man never knowing who it is he has befriended - that's one really original idea for a story! I like the way you have found such a creative interpretation of a slightly obscure canon reference.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This is truly an original scene; I don't think I'd ever thought of something quite like it. Usually Gondorians, and Minas Tirith's citizens in particular, are seen as urbanite. But this ficlet shows a very nice connection to nature and a nice moment of peace for this character. Good work, Agape!
Reviewed by: curiouswombat ✧ Score: 3
What a lovely idea. I wonder if it would occur to him later, when he heard of the events at Helm's Deep and Isengard, just who, or what, his tree could well have been? I like to think it might have done.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
What an utterly delightful possibility! I wonder if at some future time, Faramir will remember this...and wonder?