The Sickle of the Valar
2004 Award Category: Races: Men
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Denethor listens to a lesson about the stars.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Fourth Moon ✧ Score: N/A
What a lovely way with words - the way Denethor's loneliness comes alive really makes me feel for him, no matter how much nastiness he might show later on in LotR. Somehow this story manages to pull out different moods and make the scenes come alive: the death of Finduilas, Denethor sleepless and watching the night, and the hushed conversation between Faramir and his grandfather. I love the details, like Denethor's first exasperated reaction to hearing Faramir and Adrahil, Adrahil's description of elves, and the way things remain unspoken between Faramir and Adrahil - which is a lot more realistic than an unlimited heart-to-heart. The end, too, is lovely, and very cleverly done: not describing Denethor's reaction builds a distance between him and the reader and stresses his loneliness. The play with the different meanings of the Sickle - as an instrument of death and sign of hope - is wonderful.