Charms of Wisdom and Grace

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: Anoriath

2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Ithilien - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: To Eowyn’s tender amusement, Faramir takes up a long-forgotten skill to make a gift for their son Elboron.

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Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 8

I love the idea of Faramir using weaving not only as relaxation, but as a rememberence as well. I can just picture him as an earnest young man, observing the weavers at work, then trying it out for himself in an out-of-the-way storeroom - I wonder how long it took for him to be able to weave a length without having to unravel it and start again, and if he went down the weavers' section of town to ask for hints. And I like how Eowyn is proud,not only of her husband's skill, but of his devotion to his son and brother, showing his love for them by producing something with the hard work of his own two hands - it does make me think that Faramir eventually did weave a length of fabric for Eowyn herself. [Lavender clears the mind, he’ll find that helpful, while he’s studying. And rosemary, too, to strengthen the memory…] Heee! How very like Faramir, to think of what herbs would be useful in an academic context. Again, as with [The Weaver's Song] triolet, this gives the act of weaving a mystical, otherworldly aspect - and don't think I've missed how Eowyn knows that song as well, which would imply that the song, or a version of it, exists in Rohan. I'd love to see how the Rohirric version differs from the Gondorian one.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion  ✧  Score: 5

This is a lovely continuation of the thoughts originally created in the Weaver's Song triolet - a delicate companion piece that adds facets to the characters of both Eowtn and Faramir, allowing the reader a small glimpse of their well-earned domestic happiness in the newly dawned Fourth Age of Middle-earth. Complete in itself, it also provides a nod to an untold backstory of brotherly affection between Boromir and Faramir, and of Faramir's appreciation for skills other than with weaponry aquired when he was obviously still a young man.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 4

Having done a small bit of weaving myself, I was intrigued by this story, which gave Faramir a hitherto unthought-of skill. But it made sense the way annmarwalk depicted it. And Eowyn, after years of marriage, has no problem with her husband showing a gift for what might be considered womens' work. It would be very like Faramir to make a gift for his son or his brother that would guard them from the elements. A beautiful, haunting piece.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 4

[Spoiler Alert] This is a beautiful story, very calming somehow. The descriptions are lovely. I didn't find the idea that Faramir could weave farfetched at all, so well thought out was the reasoning behind it. The idea that he had made Boromir's cloak and so helped to save the hobbits from freezing on Caradhras was a nice one, another tangible thing that he had done to help the Quest succeed.

Reviewed by: Mechtild  ✧  Score: 4

[Contains spoilers] Ah, the mystery of your poem, [“The Weaver’s Song”] is made a little clearer. I still don’t know who wove a cloak for Boromir (unless it was Faramir!!), but I love the notion that the things one makes, if made with love, carry a beneficial power. This seems to be the notion in this vignette, as well as in your triolet. [“His father’s love, interwoven with the colors and scents of home; charms of wisdom and grace,”] is the charm here, and Faramir, surprisingly a weaver, is the one who casts it, this time for his son.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

An interesting domestic vignette - Faramir seems to acquire many an unusual talent for a young nobleman, but all to the good for his peace of mind, it seems. And although he weaves for the warriors in his life, he stays true to his own sense of what is worthwhile in Gondor: not the warfare itself, but wisdom, grace, peace.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A lovely Faramir and Eowyn ficlet with a delight image of Faramir at the loom weaving a coverlet for his son in the hope it will protect him when he becomes a soldier. How appropriate a man like Faramir should want to share the weaving with his wife. This story conveys the depth of Faramir's love for his wife and family and Eowyn's too in a few words.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Signs of love can take so many forms; and in this companion to Ann's weaving song we see it taking an unusual shape under Faramir's hands. Love and easing expressed, as always with Annmarwalk, so eloquently,

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

What a lovely Faramir! Not one who needs show - he would rather gift his sone with something made with love than with all the crafted steel and cut gems he doubtless stores in his vaults. A man who knows what matters.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

Very evocative scene, Ann. I don't know the first thing about this craft, but I loved the image of Faramir learning it first in secret as a boy, then revealing this hidden talent to his wife and using it to give comfort to his son. A very cozy family scene; I recommend it to all Faramir lovers.