Captain, My Captain

Author: Isabeau of Greenlea

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Events in RoTK as experienced by a young Ranger of Ithilien. Main character is OFC. Faramir is featured prevalently in the first half, the second half features, among others, Imrahil, the sons of Elrond, Elrond himself, Eowyn and Eomer, Arwen and Lord Celeborn. Warning--this is a novel-length story.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

For me, Hethlin was the first OFC to step into the spotlight of protagonist and survive the glare. Sometime around January 2002, I had seen the title pop up a few times on the listings, and always thought the title at least recommended a look. Eventually, I read chapter one and was immediately hooked, and fifty-three chapters and two years later, I had lost count of the number of rereadings I had done, the number of times I had laughed over Heth's sparring match with Éowyn or Lorend's wedding gift or Éomer's language lessons, or sighed over Imrahil (or Aragorn, let us not forget! I won't even guess how many times I've gone back to Thorongil in the garden). And no list of things I like about this story would be complete without mention of her Celeborn-a gentleman from top to toe, wise, ancient, and very much an Elf. Beyond the excellent characterizations and an emotional tone that runs the gamut without ever feeling forced, this story had a gravity to it-it felt real, from the ground up to me. Certainly, I have a hard time now reading Imrahil any other way, and part of the agony of writing that character stems from trying to thrust Isabeau's Imrahil aside long enough for anything like an original voice for that character to come through for me. More than almost any other story of Isabeau's, I think this voice felt most natural-I rarely ever was jarred out of Heth's point of view or was aware, while reading, of the gap between reader and character. So here's to a marvellous story, one that will certainly last more than one rainy day. Many thanks for the ride.

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

What can I say about this very famous story no one else has? I guess this is the one that makes us all wish we could write such a wonderful OFC as Hethlin. From seeing her in battle, to how she stands up to the Witch King when offered the thing she wants the most, to her unrequited love for Faramir and finally to see her relationship with bratty Elrohir develop, this story has held me spell-bound from beginning to end. My favourite scene after several re-reading is the one where Heth is walking through the Grey Lands, and is found by Elrohir. Her surprise at realizing he's an elf is very funny, especially right in the middle of being rescued

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a story that I admired in the first chapters but which I could not follow to the end because Hethlin for my taste becomes too unrealistic.