Through A Child's Eyes

Author: foxrafer (csevans8)

Nominator: Galadriel

2011 Award Category: Ring War: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Before the siege of Minas Tirith, Bergil dreams of childhood fancies while preparing himself for the realities of war.

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Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 5

This story utilizes one of the secondary characters from "Lord of the Rings," and does so quite skillfully. The tale of how Bergil the son of Beregond is forced to grow up quickly in a matter of days is written in a style that is descriptive, forthright, and emotional. The final lines about how he always assumed that men like his father and Lord Faramir were invincible, but if Lord Faramir can fall, anyone can--and how he, Bergil, wishes for reassurance, are especially well crafted, as that is just how a child would see the situation. Well written!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 4

I've always had a soft spot for Bergil, and Foxrafer writes him sympathetically: a child with a child's desires trying to be a man, or at least like the adults, but still needing reassurance he hasn't quite realized the adults may not be able to give either. The warped sense of time and hurry and anxiety are well-done, and the ending is abrupt, as well it might be given the topic.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

What must it have been like for young Bergil, caught up in the terror of war and a city under siege? A child with life-and-death responsibilities, as he tries to help the healers care for the wounded? In this day and age it is easy to forget that once it was common for children to have to face such grim realities. Even today in some parts of the world it still holds true. And yet still they are children. This story moves right into his mind and we see his thoughts, his fears and his hopes. Beautifully done character study.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a touching little story. A day in Bergil's life at the start of the siege. Bergil's dream in the morning with its vivid colors and innocent happenings enhance the stark reality of the world outside with its ever growing darkness. It is understandable that he needs reassurance after seeing Faramir so gravely wounded.

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf  ✧  Score: 2

Poignant. Realistic characterization. A reminder that there are thousands of untold tales of the seige of Minas Tirith.