Lord Faramir’s Gift

Author: mews1945

Nominator: Dreamflower

2011 Award Category: Character Study: Gondorians - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: When Faramir learns that Frodo and Sam are alive and have been brought to Cormallen, he decides to send a special gift to add to their comfort as they recover from their injuries.

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

Mews always has such a gentle way with her stories; they are always filled with light and with love. This story itself was a gift to her friends for the holidays, and the story itself reflects the theme of giving. The story opens on Faramir's end. He's in Minas Tirith and in the thick of the plans being made to welcome the King to his City; but he takes the time to think of the two hobbits he met on their perilous journey to undertake a seemingly hopeless task. He thinks of a way he can help, and sets that aid into motion-- it is well thought of and plausible. I love the interaction with Ioreth; clearly Faramir is fond of the old dame. The we get to see Frodo's waking, and his receipt of those gifts. They are gifts meant for his comfort, and he's pleased to remember the giver fondly. I love how Frodo's waking here echoes his waking in Rivendell. Frodo's reaction to seeing Gandalf is so natural, and Gandalf is so reassuring. It makes me smile to see these two dear friends reunited. But it is not in these bare bones of narrative that the delight of the story lies, but in the beautifully crafted and lyrical descriptions, and in the gentle thoughtfulness of each character for others. This is a story that leaves the reader feeling happy and uplifted.

Author response: Thank you so much for this kind and generous review. I'm so gratified that you enjoyed the story and especially that you liked the tone and the themes of kindliness and understanding that I sought to incorporate. Thank you again.

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 4

What a sweet gift Faramir gave, truly fitting with his loving, gentle character. Maybe you can write a sequel of the two meeting with Frodo wearing this? Or maybe you already have. That would be a great reunion to see! I love that Sam being alive convinced him more than anything that he was all right and also loved the image of his memories at first being like a bird in a cage.

Author response: Thank you so much. I love him as a character, for these very qualities. That would be a lovely sequel. I can imagine him not believing at first that he had survived, until he sees Sam alive too.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

The war has been won, and not by martial might but rather by the perseverence of two small Hobbits who crept with little in the way of food and water across the wastes of Mordor to the destruction of the Ring. How can two such unexpected heroes be rewarded for what they have done? Faramir has decided to do what he can by seeing to it that they have clothing mete to their needs, both for now as they rest in healing sleep and when they awaken again. A wonderful gift, both the wardrobe he sends and the story to us. Definitely a joy to read.

Author response: Thank you so much, Larner. When I imagined this scene, I thought there wouldn't be much in the way of clothing to fit Frodo and Sam when they awoke, and Faramir would be thoughtful of their comfort. That his livery was given to Pippin was part of the inspiration for this.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

You did a nice job portraying Faramir's thoughtfulness and generosity. The descriptions in this story are very good, particularly the part about Frodo's awakening, his concern about Sam, and Gandalf's concern for them both. A good h/c tale.

Author response: Thank you very much. Gentle and gracious are the words that I think of when I envision Faramir, and I can see him being concerned for their comfort and wanting to give what he had to give.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is such a lovely story. Leave it to Faramir to come up with the perfect gift for the ring-bearers. I love the description of Frodo waking up and discovering that he is still alive.

Author response: Thank you so much. Frodo fully expected to die, and I thought he would believe that he had, for the first few moments after waking.

Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 3

A lovely take on Frodo’s awakening in Ithilien, and on the bond between him and Faramir--one that I was sorry to see Tolkien omit from ROTK. I especially liked the use of smell as the sense that brought the return of memory, reminding me of Proust. And the image of his thoughts as a trapped bird was marvelous. Well done!

Author response: I always wanted more of Frodo and Faramir. They seemed to have such a powerful bonding. I've always thought the scents of things are the strongest memories we have.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 2

Very lovely little story. Mews gives nice description of Faramir, who wants to express his care and gratitude to Frodo and Sam in a special way. Well done.

Author response: Thank you very much. I love Faramir's nobility, and I could see him doing this for them.