2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Incomplete - Second Place
Story Type: Incomplete ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The Battle in Osgiliath, prior to the Ring War.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Excellent characterization of an OC. Actually, several OCs. The Rangers beneath Faramir's command and the soldiers beneath Boromir were fleshed out well, and their various roles made for a very complete picture of Gondor's military. I like the growth that characters show over the course of the story, both OCs and canon characters. The emotions, thoughts, and events are all very realistically portrayed.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
This is for me the best OC-story I read until now. Sadly Shakes has not updated it for nearly a year now. Nevertheless, as it ends after the destruction of the bridge of Osgiliath it achieves to give a feeling of completeness. The rather well rendered original characters are the messenger boy Anakil and his tutor the Poet. Very convincingly described are also the brothers Boromir and Faramir and indirectly Denethor through the brothers and the Poet. Very nicely done is the insecure boy who transgresses boundaries as carefree youth and is educated through the story to become a responsible rules-abiding messenger, while the Poet is a very well spoken wise man turned grey with honour. Never have I read a better description of the Gondorian military. One has really the feeling to live through the days of suspense before the loss of Eastern Osgiliath and through the battle to ensure the destruction of the bridge to secure the rest of Gondor. One has the feeling to go through Osgiliath with Anakil, who knows every corner, every ruin, every healers tent, and every stable because he first was an errand boy. Very well done is the explanation why Faramir is in Osgiliath together with Boromir. My only quibble is technically: there are many shifts in the Point of View. Sometimes one is quite at a loss which persons POV has just started. Kudos to Shakes for this accomplished story filling a small book.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
I've enjoyed following Anakil's (mis)adventures up through the battle for Osgiliath. This opened the world of Gondor's army up, and I absolutely love the use that Anborn is put to. For some reason, he just isn't as popular as Mablung or Damrod in fanfiction, but here we get to see him front and center. It's a rather hectic and bewildering world for a boy like Anakil, and one with its jealousies (the other boys) that threaten to be more unbearable, in their way, than even the discipline the lieutenants impose; where boyish idealism and desire to prove oneself lead to ambiguous positions. I thought Boromir showed a keen eye for judgment in kind when he delivered Anakil over to become the messenger that Anakil had pretended to be-mercy on the one hand, but also forcing Anakil to deal seriously with the choice he made.