Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Drama: Family

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Aragorn and Elladan, on the nature of remembering.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

Elves and memory go together, but this is a little more practical and vexed. I like that this debate occurs between a young (but adult) Aragorn and his foster brothers: how does one remember and memorialize the tragedies that have struck? What is a better memorial for a people's survival in the face of calamity - the ruins of their past standing bare for all to see, or covered over in favor of other kinds of memorials and testimonies? It's a debate I could wish Americans had had in the past eleven years, and with something approaching seriousness rather than the exploitive jingoism are fed and feeding instead, but I suppose that's why fiction can be a balm to a reader. It can do in imagination what is not being done in fact.

Author response: Aragorn and Elladan have the benefit that their conversations include two people that are personally affected. (I believe Elladan's connection to the Dunedain makes this as much "his" memorial as Aragorn's, though Argorn obviously has the greater responsibility for restoring it.) In our current age with instant and national news, the conversation belongs to everyone and so really belongs to no one, and it is very difficult to get beyond generalities. Anyway, I am glad that you found this piece resonated with our current situation and with the canonical reality as well.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 4

I enjoyed this very much, especially the contrast between the youthful Aragorn and experienced Elladan. It is the way of the world for the young to wish to forget the past,a desire that changes with age and experience. Only by both looking back and looking forward can progress be made, something Aragorn will learn in future. Unlike Elladan, we know that the ruins will be rebuilt. A thought provoking story.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

Not only does this story do a good job of portraying the filial bond between Aragorn and Elladan, it provides the reader with food for thought concerning both the importance of remembering events, and in what ways those events should be remembered. The answer to the latter is not always either obvious or easy. This story, although a brief one and set in Middle-Earth, has real-life parallels; I found myself thinking of 9/11 and the twin towers. This was very well done, and people should read it.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

Sometimes a broken ruin can be a better memorial to courage and endurance than an unbroken one.