2009 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Drabbles
Story Type: Drabble ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Éowyn finds an unexpected ally in her battle against a new kind of foe. (For the "Cup" challenge at Tolkien_weekly)
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
For newcomers to Gondorian society, finding themselves having to face the envy, suspicions, and plotting of those who feel their own claims have been overlooked could be difficult. But if ANYONE can conquer such antagonism, I do believe that Eowyn, particularly backed by Arwen, can do it! She is Morwen Steelsheen's granddaughter, after all, and has faced enemies far greater than the petty ladies who'd been throwning themselves at Faramir for the last decade or two. Heh! A perfect depiction of the determination of Eowyn not to allow others to intimidate her!
Reviewed by: Elleth ✧ Score: 4
Oh, this is lovely, and very aptly shows the dangers of the court of Minas Tirith. I can just imagine some of these women being worse than the Witch-King insofar that Eowyn is not allowed to fight with the same weapons as on the battlefield. It is a wonderful touch to see Arwen nervous as well. Socializing in an unfamiliar environment is never easy, and this message certainly comes across, all the more because you employed two such strong characters!
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
You Go, Girls! Arm in arm, the Queen of Gondor and Princess of Ithilien go forth to conquer the snobbish ladies of Minas Tirith. Brownie points for the mention of Morwen Steelsheen; who as Eowyn's grandmother, gave her Numenorean blood and pride. Elegantly written as one would expect from a drabblist of Ann's caliber.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
Somehow I expect that Eowyn was both disconcerted by this new form of attack and also somehow comforted to find that there were still enemies to be engaged. It's very nice to see Lothiriel included in the moment as well. I can easily see the three most socially (and politically) important ladies of Gondor banding together like this. Nicely done, Ann.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
This was a lovely drabble.I can well imagine these two having much in common as outsiders in Gondor.Lothiriel and Arwen show themselves as the true ladies of Gondor in accepting Eowyn. A very well written and thought provoking piece.
Reviewed by: Tanaqui ✧ Score: 3
I really like the martial terminology annmarwalk uses in this description of Eowyn facing the social challenges of Minas Tirith. It seems entirely apt for her as she makes the transition from shieldmaiden to Steward's wife. (And the Valar help those ladies of Gondor...!) A nicely observed moment.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 2
Yes, I'd like to imagine that those two would support each other, tossed as they are into strange lands.