Father and Sons
2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gap-Filler - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Insight into LoTR's most famous dysfunctional family that covers a span of years, from Faramir's adolescence through Sam and Frodo's journey through Ilthilien. The personal is political when you're the Steward and his family.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Boromir, Faramir, and Denethor fics are surprisingly common, and most of them use the dysfunctional family angle to portray these three characters. As a result, it's something of an overdone subject, but Dwimordene makes it seem fresh. I wish I knew how. Perhaps it's her attention to detail. Perhaps it's her amazing grasp on characterization. Perhaps it's the multiple layers that go into everything she writes, or the subtle nuances that mark the differences between the three principle characters in this fic. These are shrewd, cunning men, all of them, and it requires a deft hand to work them into the story. Dwimordene is more than up to the challenge, and as a bonus, she brings in one of my favorite (and occasionally forgotten) characters: Imrahil. Who is just as cunning and just as perceptive as the other three, but is still very much a contrast in many respects. Great foils, great narrative, biting discussions, and some of the best political maneuvering I've ever seen in a fic.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
This is quite possibly the most convincing accounting I've ever seen of why Boromir and not Faramir was sent to Imladris and not Faramir. The characterizations do not always agree with my own conceptions (one wonders how the Denethor in the latter chapters could, nearly a year later, be so civil when he welcomes Pippin and Gandalf), but they were told skillfully nonetheless. Brava for such a thorough psychological tale of despair.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
My memory doesn't do this justice, but there's not enough time to read it again. This was, I believe the first completed story of Dwimordene's that I read and I think it captured this family very well. There is dysfunction in this family and that's something some people can't write without falling into extremes, such as child abuse. Dwim doesn't go there, but she does show the dysfunction, the weight Faramir must have lived with, and still the love between the brothers. Using Gandalf for an external POV (I think I remember she did) was also good, as sometimes it takes someone outside such a family to see the truth without the filters dysfunction puts on our eyes and ears. Denethor here was not a vile villain, but a lost father, too far gone to shadow to see his errant ways.