A Lullaby for the Longest Night

Author: Alawa

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Men: Poetry

Story Type: Poem  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: A DĂșnedain carol for the Winter Solstice.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

Wonderful poem! I loved the idea of passing hope around during the longest night of the year. There was some wonderful imagery bound up in the closing and opening lines of this lullaby, and this set the tone for the rest of it. I really enjoyed the notion of a mother and child providing a beacon that might warm or guide a wandering Ranger. And I liked the assurances provided that this was not all done in vain but rather a noble duty passed down by noble men. The entire poem was a wonderful tribute to sheltering hope in dark days, and I can see it bringing comfort not only to a slumbering child but also to the mother who sang the lullaby. Beautiful writing.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 3

Lyrical and pleasing. I enjoyed the rhyming couplets and I think they sit well here, uncomplicated and something that could be dreamed up on the road rather than a scholarly device. The sentiments are heartfelt but not cloying and the whole is satisfying and a pleasant read.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

A believably DĂșnadan carol. Aragorn is not the only Ranger watched over in thought, and one gets a sense of the depth to which old customs go for the Rangers and their people.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 1

This is a nice poem, combining both interesting new year customs and a strong sense of custom.