All She Wants To Do Is Dance

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: Dwimordene

2011 Award Category: Character Study: General - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A wedding, a rebirth, and a Steward swept quite off his feet. Cue Don Henley...

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 10

There is so, so much to love about this short piece. The cultural details are rich to be sure, and I love the way that art and music is leached away from Edoras in the years before the Ring War. That fits quite nicely the white lady we see at the beginning of the movies, where that color seems more about paleness than purity (as is fitting, I think). I love, too, the way that Eowyn completely hold her own against her brother in an almost "everything you can do, I can do better" sense. That she is not only every bit as stubborn as he, but also his equal despite the different in years, seemed to fit quite nicely with the heroine portrayed by Tolkien. All told, though, I think my favorite part is the very ending, the description that Faramir ["is swept away..."]. Consciously or not, the author invoked Bilbo's similar warning to Frodo about being swept away by the road. And, all respect to Kant's Grundlegung notwithstanding, I think Dwim truly captures the audacity to hope and to trust in a future you do not fully grasped. To let oneself be swept off his or her feet. To see that reflected for so long strikes me as a truly moral act, on both Faramir's and Eowyn's part, and also a beginning to true healing. Personally, I think certain professors who wrote about despair being for those who know all results would approve...

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 8

Dear Dwimordene, I was utterly charmed by this ficlet. I love dancing and I love Éowyn and you have combined these two so beautifully here. You are quite right, dancing would be a natural passion in someone so fiercely and physically vivacious and independent. The rustic dances of Rohan are somethign I picture in teh style of Scottish ceilidh dances, very energetic and joyful and who wouldn't sneak of to participate in that? I can just about imagine the youthful Eowyn making her brother teaching her men’s dances, and giving him a right smack as soon as the opportunity arose. I can equally envisage how suppressed and restricted she would have felt during the time of Wormtongue, not only in spirit but also in body. No doubt, the ability to meet her and match her on the dance floor would be one of the most crucial accomplishments Faramir would need to make their relationship a success. I enjoyed how you have caught the spirit and the rhythm of dance in the prose of this story. It is very well done indeed.

Reviewed by: Starlight  ✧  Score: 8

Reviews All she wants to do is dance Dwimordene has such a gift with words! And I love what she has done with this piece, taking dance both as a reality and a metaphor, and giving us a very fine study of Éowyn's life in a few delightful paragraphs. I must admit that Éowyn always puzzles me. I love her, and her character, but I don't quite feel like I understand her. But, through this piece, I can watch as her innocence and pride and spirit are sapped away, Just like the music as it leaves Edoras; I can see how these years of despair left their mark on her, how much strength it is required on her part to let herself be healed. And, delightfully, Faramir knows just how to do it. That symbiosis they share is one of the most fascinating relationships-- to me-- in the whole book, and with the simple act of her asking for the dance (with all it took) and his accepting (again, with all it took for him) is not only beautiful, but a perfect summary of what their dynamic is, and how it affects each of them. Well done, Dwimordene!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A lovely short piece about Eowyn reclaiming her love of dancing after the Ring War, with Faramir as an enthusiastic partner. Dwimordene paints a complete word-picture of the younger, feisty Eowyn learning different types of dances, even the sword-dance supposedly forbidden to women. Good characterization of Eowyn, and, in a very brief but telling appearance, Faramir.

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 4

Éowyn the dancer, a little girl full of energy and life, skipping around Aldburg and proving to her brother that she can dance the sword dance as well as he can, while wearing skirts (backwards and in high heels?). The music is leached from Edoras, but when the dance comes back, Faramir has the sense to hold on tight and follow. A sweet character piece, beautifully worked.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

This is a nice reminder that there was a time when Eowyn was happy, and that she can become happy again. It also depicts how her self-assertiveness had to begin early in her life, as there are always things that "lasses" are not encouraged to do. Good job.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a side of Eowyn we usually don't see. But I think it fits her. I love the picture of her dancing down the lane as a young girl. I can so see her in badgering Eomer in teaching her the boy dances and besting him in the sword dance. So Eowyn.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, but I do love this look at Eowyn, and how, now that Wormtongue is gone and the war won and her hope has been revived, she is now once again dancing, and has one to dance with her. And her means of forcing her brother to teach her one of the men’s dances is perfect! Faramir is lucky to have her!

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 3

A sweet story. Of course Eowyn would want to know that boy's dances too and of course Eomer would not want to teach her but eventually would and do them well as much the dances girls were taught. I love the innocence and joy of the beginning and that it would return now with Wormtongue gone and Faramir present in her life.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 2

I really like this glimpse at Éowyn. It's different from what we usually see, but still very much in character. A poignant tale.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 2

How delightful to see Eowyn so happy after all she has suffered in the past and how lovely that Faramir will share in her joy and try out a new dance. Just delightful.