The Fire Sermon

Author: Altariel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gap-Filler - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A gapfiller set during RoTK. Faramir and Eowyn in the Houses of Healing. Companion piece to "What the Thunder Said."

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Great use of fire and all its symbolic meanings. Faramir is indeed very quick on the uptake, as Gandalf observes at one point in this story, and it was a joy to watch his mind ferret through all that happened since he was injured. The idea of fire consuming him as it consumed Denethor and Boromir is somewhat chilling, and I never quite looked on his relationship with Eowyn like that before. But he does have a point. Fire and passion run in his family, and they took both his brother and his father. It's an interesting idea that I would love to see explored more.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Tightly constructed, restrained, and yet utterly convincing description of Faramir and Éowyn falling in love through the darkness. Eliot is employed to wonderful atmospheric effect in each chapter, although I am most fond of course of the final stanza quoted, which fits so well with probably my favorite section of the work: chapter 4, last subsection: "For I burn. She consumes my thoughts. And I am afraid of the fire. I am afraid, for I know what desire has done to my family." Passion does run pretty thick in everyone's blood in Altariel's version of the Steward's family, in Faramir no less than Denethor or Boromir, and we see it played out to its proper end only in Faramir. Love is indeed a torment, no matter for whom or what. Well done!

Reviewed by: Belegcuthalion  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a love story, wonderfully told, with a thoughtful use of words and a deep, clever insight into Faramir, still recovering from his wound and the traumatic loss of his father, and Éowyn, a strong bitter character, not daring to give in and still in love with someone she never will have as her husband… Utterly believable, full of deep feelings and still one of my favorite Faramir/Éowyn-stories.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I really enjoyed this. Altariel covered the romance but didn't make it heavy-handed, which I very much appreciate. Here characterization of Faramir was great, and I felt his grief at learning that his father died (and thus his whole family) and even more that his father only loved him there at the end when he should have loved him his whole life. Faramir a wonderful tragic character, Faramir, I mean. A hero with a heart broken so many times over and yet it stays strong. This story really brought that out.