Ashes, East Wind, Hope that Rises
2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Lord of the Rings - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: EOMER - as seen through his eyes - the peril of Rohan, the duplicity of the Wormtongue, and the coming of hope to the Riddermark. Cast includes Eomer, Aragorn, Theoden, Grima, Eowyn, Hama, Gimli, Legolas and several good horses. Gap-filler. Drama, action, angst. Non-slash.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
This story is quite possibly the best and most complete characterization of Eomer that I have ever found. This is the Third Marshall of the Riddermark in all his glory: forthright, bold, honest, cagey, loyal, and fearless. I love how the encounter with the Three Hunters is turned around to be shown from Eomer's viewpoint, and I love even better how haughty Gimli and Legolas both seem to him. His instant respect for Aragorn and the explanation behind that respect were excellent, which made Eomer's trial before Theoden even more dramatic. Wormtongue and an encumbered Theoden were excellent, but my favorite minor character in this piece was Háma, who warned Eomer that he couldn't lend him his support but who nevertheless released Eomer from prison as soon as possible. The doorwarden is restored to his rightful place as an honorable, perceptive character. Later apologies and conversations with Eowyn and Theoden wrapped this piece up nicely, and off they ride to war and glory.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
A very nice gapfiller about Éomer. I was surprised when there was a whole other chapter after Grima's expulsion, thinking the conflict between Éomer and Grima was the true point of the story. But by the end I realized it was a tale of Éomer losing and finding hope. To see hope triumph in the dark days, and it not seem fake - well done.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
I remember the arguments over whether Éomer could have known of Théodred's death before riding out after the Orcs. Great fun they were. I always have a bit of trouble reading fics that cover canonical scenes so closely; it's always so hard to get away from the original. My favorite "interlinear" scene, as it were, however, was Éomer suddenly and irrevocably falling in love with Aragorn: "in that moment my heart was lost to him. How could I not love a man such as this - who strode unblinkingly into legend for no other cause than the love of his friends and comrades?" That glossed the particular passage perfectly, I thought, and mirrored nicely Eomer's other moment of realization: the love he feels for his people, just as he realizes that he may not live to return to them. Éomer's fundamental sunshine is not marred by a certain mercurial temper that doesn't seem out of place in him. Nicely done.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
I originally set out to read this story only because Legolas was in it. ;-) But I'm glad I read it. And then I didn't remember it, but I'm glad I read it again. It was beautifully done and the writing style meshed well Tolkien's story. The characterization of Eomer was wonderful! He remeinded me very much of Book!Eomer. Movie!Eomer seems so much more serious. And I loved the Legolas bits, too! Oh, and I love the title!