Mothers' Night

Author: Altariel

Nominator: Altariel

2011 Award Category: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Gondor

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Faramir and Éowyn in Ithilien, weaving new traditions from old.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 5

Another lovely look at Fourth Age Gondor, as seen through the eyes of the precocious Morwen. Faramir and Éowyn have blended the customs of two lands in their own home, and the result puts fourteen year-old Morwen and her mother at the heart of a ceremony we've seen, in part, in the hands of the men of Gondor before. The joining and changing of customs over time is sealed with the arrival of Arwen's gift for the new hall - an appropriate giver of an appropriate gift, and Altariel's brief, pithy descriptions bring the hall in its light and love to life for us. Well done!

Author response: Thank you, Dwim! I've enjoyed writing Morwen and Ithilien so much this past year.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

I really like the family that Altariel has given Faramir and Éowyn and I love both the threads that are woven together to form this little story; that of the tapestry woven by the queen, and that of the tradition for the longest night - the tradition which will become that of Ithilien for the years to come. The two threads add together to make something greater than the sum of the parts.

Author response: Thank you for this lovely review!

Reviewed by: Wheelrider  ✧  Score: 3

This is a lovely and quite believable glimpse into the Steward's post-war family life, ending with a moving ceremony. (Those lines from LoTR -- "We still remember..." -- always get me.) Nicely woven indeed.

Author response: Thank you! Yes, those lines get me too.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 2

This is a most descriptive story about traditions as practiced by Eowyn, Faramir, and their family. A reminder that even new things arise from the past.

Author response: Thank you!