The Fraternity of Strangers

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Ring War: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Eowyn would probably not have been the easiest of patients. A moment from the Houses of Healing. (Also features Lothiriel.)

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Reviewed by: Levade  ✧  Score: 6

So often the wives and mothers are overlooked. Those left behind. And you wonder, what did they do? So the frustrations expressed in this story speak to any woman I think. Does it mean Lothiriel wanted to go and do battle? Doubtful. Tending to those wounded would likely cure anyone of thinking battle was glorious. But to feel as though you can never prove yourself equal because of the limitations placed on you by society, I think that has always been something women have felt. To show it here with Eowyn and Lothiriel is perfect. They're very different but alike in key ways. Both daughters of ruling houses, both intelligent and both feeling stifled. I like to think they could be friends, and have another who understands their feelings and thoughts.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 6

Dear Marta, I liked this story very much. It is an interesting encounter to explore, and the light you shine on the relationship of these two women is convincing and revealing. I enjoyed the gently humour with which you have treated the theme, but without cheapening its serious content. I also like the idea of an exchange which is kind of implied: that Eowyn will have to become a little more decorous in order to suit Faramir, and that Lothiriel will have to have confidence in her physical courage to make a good wife for Eomer. Mind you, at this point Eowyn doesn’t seem to have much of a taste for Faramir yet if she thinks of him as [prattling on]. Really nice story. Also, you have got me curious: Is there really a sangria incident? I wonder what it is. Will you tell?

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Shouldn't this have been the "sorority" of strangers? Certainly Lothiriel understands Eowyn's frustration more than men would--although I do not believe that Eowyn would, even then, be so inclined to dismiss Faramir's talk and sympathy as "prattle." This story provides food for thought. Well written.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

This is a very interesting talk between two different women - Eowyn and Lothiriel - who discover that they are not so very different after all. I like how Lothiriel slowly passes through Eowyn's walls; the two are not friends yet, but there is a hint that they might become.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 1

An interesting look at a convalescent Éowyn, told in an engaging style.