Lament for the Unsung Dead

Author: Regina

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Rohan

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Eowyn broods on Theodred's death and the decline of the House of Eorl as she helps prepare her cousin's body for burial. Canonical within the compass of LOTR, but not UT.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

So little about Theodred in the books, and of course, only a glimpse in the movie, but yes, I've always been curious about him. Thanks for filling in a few bits and pieces. I like your image of how he related to Eowyn. Well done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Another lovely (if morbid) look into the world of women. Éowyn takes on the time-honored task of preparing the dead for burial. Théodred of course gets about three mentions in the entirety of "The Two Towers", and we never see the effect of his death on Éowyn, but in this fic, we do see her mourn in the performance of this last duty she is called to do for her cousin dear as brother, and more than that. Although not officially, Éowyn acts as the mourner, doing the duty of her brother and uncle to mourn when they are unable due to spells or absence. But her devotion outstrips her duties, even, and as we follow Éowyn through this ritual, we learn just how deeply she fears Gríma's plots, and the lengths to which she goes, not even on her own behalf, but on behalf of her kinsmen, who seem rather oblivious to the fact that she is already putting her life (and her physical integrity) in jeopardy for them. No wonder it needed so little to make her into Dernhelm-Dernhelm already lived in Éowyn long before she gave him shape under a Rider's helmet. Well drawn!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I very much enjoy this story. Eowyn's experience with grief is exactly what I would have expected. She sorrows, but she remembers her duty to her family. And she remembers, which is more or less all she's allowed to do at this point in the books. It's very methodical process, and that is also something I would expect from Eowyn at this point in her life. That's really all she has left. The images of childhood and Theodred's love and comfort were beautiful, and she finally concludes by thinking on Gríma. It's somewhat of a vengeful turn for her thoughts, and its showcases the strength and also the helplessness within Eowyn. Very good depiction of the shieldmaiden caring for her cousins.