2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gapfiller - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: How not to say goodbye. Denethor on what he did not say to Faramir.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 7
It is rare that a piece, especially one this short, moves me to tears -- but this one did. You have captured all the poignancy of the relationship between Denethor and Faramir, and in less than one thousand words. And you have also shed some light on their family history. Finduilas offering advice to Boromir and Faramir. Denethor failing to express his love and commitment to Finduilas like he might like. Denethor regretting sending Faramir out unthanked, and at the same time he vows not to fail Faramir again. The greatest thing about this vignette, though, is that it makes sense of the insensible, at least as much as anything could: Denethor's suicide. And it makes sense, not by appealing to Denethor's pride, but to his love for Faramir. (Which I think really did exist, even if it was not as strong or at least as obvious as his love for Boromir.) You have done a fine job of getting into what is certainly a very cryptic mind.
Reviewed by: Beethoven's 7th ✧ Score: 6
Quite insightful. I was a little confused as to whether or not Denethor thought Faramir was already dead? Or still dying. But still, It certainly explained the madness of his final thoughts and deeds beautifully. I adore the tradition described of sending people off with well wishes. Good advice for all to take I think. Oh, another bit I liked, Where D is listening to hear what F is saying. Frantic for words of forgiveness maybe? Only to be dashed. D was played so wonderfully twisted in the movie. One can hope he had this moment of somewhat lucidity in the end, even if it was combined with more madness. Too little too late for him perhaps, but for you. . a plot bunny was born. Nicely done indeed.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
Denethor must have felt great remorse and bitterness during the hours he spent with his wounded, unconscious son; and this vignette brings out the bereaved father's anguish. The sense of Denethor's being past the end of his endurance, of having lost too much, and the horrible realization of the pain he caused Faramir by sending him out without a farewell, is well-written here.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A very interesting tale. The supperstition is veyr clever and logical in a way. I liek the way you have this piece in denothor's point of view. It makes it very efective and moving. It is nice to see him presented in such a positive way, able to see his faults and repent of them.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: 3
A good story, though perhaps repetitive at times. It fits the challenge well though subtly of a superstition, that a farewell, in the truest sense, could mean the safe return of a loved one or ease their passing should they not return, but harsh words were a poison. And it's nice to see how Denethor changes once he thinks Faramir is lost to him.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 1
Reads smoothly, if too quietly rationally to me for Denethor. Tries to straddle the line of Appendix and ROTK Denethor.