2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Drabbles
Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Prince Imrahil pauses for a moment to consider his daughter's future. (true drabble)
Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion ✧ Score: 5
This is perhaps a unique moment, in fact I am sure I have never read this scene before in fandom. The Prince of Dol Amroth rings very true in his characterization, a loving father concerned for his daughter's future - but also a statesman, prepared to consider what will be the best thing for his country. Here in a wonderful feat of pragmatism, both possible outcomes are considered and a very possible solution found. It is a beautifully realised drabble that while being original and complete in itself, also encourages the reader to think about the possible machinations that did go on in Middle-earth when the subject of marriage arose.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 4
This is a wonderful portrait, all the more so for its brevity. The use of this very intriguing moment, particularly since you choose to place it so early in the story and before fanon convention, you give your Imrahil a chance to be posessive and loving father, sensible statesman, and forward-thinking strategist. Where many writers are hampered by limits, you make this drabble bring out the best in your story.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Ah, it appears it is never to early to prepare for the future, and in Lothiriel's case there is possibly excellent reason to present her with a pony and teach her to ride now, even as the six-year-old is sweetening her morning bread. A foretaste of the future, but intent and eventual reality differed far more than one might have thought at the time. And once again Ann displays her mastery at saying so very much with such economy of words.
Reviewed by: viv ✧ Score: 4
As an aunt of a six-year-old, I had a moment of pause when I read that she was pouring honey... and then I let out a breath of relief when I realized that you had *not* written "head." hee. Altough, at six, I suppose children are very mature, at least compared to preschoolers and toddlers and such. At any rate, I think Imrahil is quite right: she's ready for a pony (though not quite for marriage!). I loved this peek into Imrahil's daddy-brain.
Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea ✧ Score: 3
A sweet drabble with a bit of a surprise twist to it. Annmarwalk writes Imrahil the way I envisage him-as a loving father who is nonetheless well aware of the realities of his exalted position and is pragmatic about them. He is also pragmatic about his daughter's destiny, as this drabble demonstrates.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A delightful drabble about Imrahil, fatherhood, and dynastic sacrifices - and this one has a twist. Imrahil's tenderness for his daughter, and determination to choose wisely for her future, comes across clearly. Great last line, too!
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
This delightful drabble made me smile.I can well believe that Lothiriel might have been seen as a suitable bride for Theodred. How clever of her father to prepare her by getting her a pony when she is small!
Reviewed by: Robinka ✧ Score: 2
Very sweet and enjoyable glimpse at Imrahil's family life as he ponders his feelings toward his young daughter. Nicely written!
Reviewed by: Radbooks ✧ Score: 2
What a wonderful drabble with such a pleasant surprise ending to it! Imrahil is a favorite and I can just imagine him thinking such things about his only daughter. Very nicely done.
Reviewed by: crowdaughter ✧ Score: 2
What a lovely way to use that phrase, and what a great reason to give a girl a pony! Greatly done!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
There are a lot of different stories as to how Lothiriel ended up Queen of Rohan, but this little drabble opens up an entire future in only 100 words! And I adore Imrahil in this!
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 1
new tactic to get a pet. have to consider it carefully.