Author: Acacea

Nominator: Acacea

2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Steward's Sons Fixed-Length Ficlets - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Faramir and Gandalf in the houses of healing

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Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 5

I've always wondered who had the unenviable task of explaining to Faramir how his father died, and I think Gandalf would have been the best person to do so. While he does sound bitter, I also hear frustration in Faramir's voice, along with the deep need to know what happened, and it's likely a lot of other people would have been cowed by Faramir's resemblance to Denethor. In a situation like this, where he's bound and determined to get the information he wants, that resemblance is increased, but you show very well that, while Faramir may display aspects of his father's personality, he is his own person in his own right.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 4

I really like the way you’ve highlighted the similarities between Faramir and Denethor. Phrases like ‘stone-cold gaze’, ‘piercing quality’ and ‘acidic bitterness’ really pack a lot of punch into just a few words, the way great drabbles should. The gentleness of the last line, though, reminds us that Faramir was not *only* his father's son; there was also a good bit of his mother, her kindness and compassion, in him as well. Wonderfully done!

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 4

Spot-on characterisation, concise and perceptive. The circumstances of this dialogue between Gandalf and Faramir - the latter's desire to be told how his father died and the former's reluctance - heighten the meaning and impact of this comparison between Denethor and his son. The drabble is very well-structured and compelling towards its incisive climax.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Well-written drabble that delivers an emotional punch. I'm always pleased by fanfic that shows Faramir to be as perceptive as his father, and share his father's stony toughness, mitigated by the compassion that Denethor lacked, and this drabble does very well by him. Gandalf's viewpoint is a plus.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

Very interesting. I liked your portrayal of Gandalf's removal, how he can be detachedly considering Faramir at the same time that he is engaged in conversation with him. I've no doubt Gandalf always did have his mind simultaneously the micro and macro visions, as it were.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Acacea recalls the affinity that Tolkien gave Faramir and Denethor, underneath their more visible differences and uses that to good effect. Faramir interrogates Gandalf as to his father's death, showing his likeness to him, yet also, in the end, demonstrating that gentleness that sets him apart from his sire.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

Part of me wonders whether Faramir will regret being so like his father. Yet Faramir will put those same qualities to good use, and prove that they do not always lead to bad ends. Thank you for giving that strong will a voice in him; this was a spot-on characterization, and I loved it.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

Mind you - you can hardly blame Faramir for wanting to know what no-one will tell him. But yes, Faramir has a lot of Denethor's best qualities - but he includes others he has inherited from Finduilas. An he is a wizard's pupil!

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 2

I liked this a lot. We tend not to think of the ways in which Faramir was like Denethor, but I liked how you used the comparison as well as the contrast.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion  ✧  Score: 2

Very nice and such an economic character sketch that is still so telling of what makes Faramir his father's son but his own man.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

An incisive and thoughtful look at Faramir's character, and at the qualities he inherited from his father--and those he did not. Not a word wasted.

Reviewed by: stefaniab  ✧  Score: 1

Spare writing, as appropriate for drabbles, and a nice twist at the end.