The Wizard and His Pupil
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Gondor
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Faramir, Gandalf, and a final parting.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
There's a very quiet feeling about this story. Like the lull in the air once the storm has passed, and given what everyone's faced, I think that very fitting. Faramir seems to be in a nostalgic mood, but even while reminiscing, he's sharp. Very sharp. But it's tempered by this feeling of quiet and also by an understanding that Denethor lost somewhere. I very much enjoyed this little conversation, and it's saddening to think it will probably be the last one that he and Gandalf have. I like the way they leave it, though, by affirming their friendship and letting the past lie. Great vignette.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A lovely, understated story. I can't imagine this magical, bittersweet moment being described any better. Gandalf and Faramir are very much in character, and the reader can feel the mutual fondness and respect they have for one another...
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 2
This is a touching rendition of a scene that must have happened, giving some insight into a relationship Tolkien only hinted at: the friendship of Gandalf and Faramir. It was a nice read.
Reviewed by: Aliana ✧ Score: 2
A skilful, concise imaginining ot Faramir's and Gandalf's final parting--I especially liked the part in which Gandalf can still perceive the solemn, perceptive child peering out through the eyes of the astute young Steward of Gondor.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 2
How rarely one gets to say thank you and good bye to a mentor, teacher, friend or father figure. You imagined this conversation fully and with a nice, unhurried pace that suited the mood just perfectly.