Who Watches the Watch-stones?

Author: jen_loves_elves

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Men

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: While returning to the north and leaving Gondor and the disguise of "Thorongil" behind, Aragorn takes a short-cut through Druadan Forest and has an interesting meeting with a couple of Wild Men.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

This story caught me a bit by surprise with its characterization of the Wild Men. They're certainly out of the ordinary, but they seem to have very keen insights. I really enjoyed their conversation with Aragorn, and he also seemed to draw quite a bit from it. I loved the question of whether he was running to or from, and how Aragorn answered it in the end by remembering Arwen. I think the Wild Men might have caught that as well, or sensed something of it. And their observation that it wasn't quite time yet was fascinating. I now wish there was a bit more that might explain exactly what these people see in Aragorn.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 5

This is a really interesting piece. Aragorn meeting Ghan-buri-ghan's men (and women, I suppose)? It's a wonderfully fresh idea. And he very well might have met them, it makes a lot of sense geographically. In Jen_loves_elves' rendition they seem to have an outlook that's almost similar to Tom Bombadil's. The great events may come and go, yet they remain unimpressed. I see this as consistent with what we know about the Pukel-men, and it also does a good job of characterising Aragorn. Well done.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is really an interesting encounter. The Druedain are a discerning folk. This gives even more credence to why Aragorn gave them the whole forest to themselves after the fall of Sauron. I love the line "Does he run to or fro." Good question indeed.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

an intersting tlae. It is always intreasting to se Aragorn in contact with other people. In this the contrasts between the cultures and their sence of knowlged of many things is interesting. Your view of them is intreaging.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

Ah, I remember this! I'm still on the fence about this fic, whether it *quite* says enough, but I think the last line is definitely on target: Aragorn isn't running away, he's running towards, and that makes a big differenc.