Pink Oliphaunts

Author: Branwyn

Nominator: annmarwalk

2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Post-Sauron's Fall

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In a time of peace, young Elboron imagines the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Written for Acacea's birthday.

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 9

The undercurrents of the various conversations are quite thought-provoking here: I love the image of Beregond, down on Elboron’s level, assisting the carefree child with his drawing. Faramir’s arrival, though, brings on a more somber tone, as the two campaigners consider yet another detail of the battle, one they may not yet have pondered. After how many years, how many hours of discussion, how many tankards of ale, there is still something left to talk about! And how interesting that, after a young life spent among the mightiest warriors of the Third Age, the item now capturing the child’s interest and fascination is the near-legendary Mumak. Pity that neither Faramir nor Beregond have any first-hand experiences with it to share with Elboron! I love that Elboron is a child of such joy that he cannot imagine a creature that would not be smiling; The detail of his tall uncle towering above all other men, nearly as tall as the Mumak itself, is lovely; surely that is how Eomer would have appeared to his nephew! And what quiet delight Faramir and Beregond must find in a world so at peace that the terrors of the past are now disarmed by a child's innocence.

Reviewed by: Acacea  ✧  Score: 7

I loved this. It's sweet and cheerful and happy. There are not too many Elboron fics around, but thsi one makes up for the shortfall so well! It presents such a pretty picture to my mind. Little Elboron, his drawings, Faramir and Beregond!:) I love the sweetness of the child Elboron. He has all the innocence and curiosity that a child oif his age brought up in relatively peaceful times would have. And I love that Faramir gets the opportunity to observe that and to be happy about it. I love too that when Faramir shows concern for the oliphaunts, Elboron echoes that. He is every bit his father's son and Faramir deserves that. There are again, in this ficlet, the most amazing details - Elboron's depiction of Eomer on horseback towering over an oliphaunt, the fact that the oliphaunts are smiling cheerfully which I adored, Beregond's help and Faramir's reassurance that the oliphuants would have found their way back. Because I always wondered what had happened to the oliphunt Sam and Frodo saw!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

Absolutely delightful vignette! A bubbly, happy story of a pleasant day with angst-free Faramir savoring the joys of fatherhood. The notion of little Elboron drawing a smiling pink Oliphaunt is inspired and irresistible; a horror of the Ring War transformed into a child's chalk drawing. And there's attention paid to Faramir's essential kindness and capacity for compassion even for war-beasts, in his discussion of the oliphaunts' fate. Beregond's dialogue is spot-on; it's obvious that he's experienced at child-rearing, and his fondness for his Prince's son is subtly but expertly detailed.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Nice to see Beregond again--poor man does not get enough fanfic. It's a cute interlude, with a child's chalk drawings of mumakil and famous uncles providing both amusement and a hope for a more peaceful future to two men who've seen enough of war. Loved that Beregond isn't adverse to joining in Elboron's work--no doubt, he's done this with Bergil before.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

It's vaguely unsettling to see a child transform the carnage of Pelennor into ["happy pink oliphaunt"]s, but I can see Elboron's thoughts here. And I think that unsettledness works well to add to how I see this piece. We shouldn't want to forget. Very cute little piece.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

Faramir is such a good father. And Beregond is an excellent baby-sitter! I love young Elboron's artistic efforts--and the childish way of drawing is so perfectly described! I also liked Faramir's gentle answer to his son as to the fate of the oliphaunts. He told only the exact truth, but did not trouble his child's heart with all the truth. Very sweet.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

So sweet. I love Elboron's smiling pink oliphaunts - and Beregond's additions. I just hope Eowyn doesn't get really cross when she sees just where Elboron has been working on battle strategy! (Not to mention the presence of Uncle Eomer, but the absence of the Slayer of the Witch King!)

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

This was a nice moment between father and son. Elboron with all the wisdom of his young years feels more for the oliphants than for the rest of the battle ;-).

Reviewed by: Jenn_Calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

An odd scene, but the characeristations are good.