Who Will Care?
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Faramir cleans up the Stewards library, and wonders why he does so.
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 7
A lovely companion piece to No Peace for the Living, by the same author. Faramir takes a brief respite to tend to some housekeeping (and I mean that quite literally!) matters of his own. We have a refreshing view of Faramir doing what he loves organizing books, pausing occasionally to read and ponder both the minor details of his library, and, on a larger scale, the ages- old labors of the line of Stewards, waiting, protecting, remaining faithful to their charge, no matter what. What is particularly intriguing about this tale is that no time context is given. Is Faramir a young adult, achieving his first understanding of the responsibilities entrusted to his family? Is he a man grown, escaping even briefly from the military duties to search for a remembered volume? Is he now the Steward of a kingdom at peace, finally having the opportunity to explore interests he had long ago set aside? A restful, peaceful, but thought-provoking tale.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
Brilliant little vignette! Faramir has clearly mantled the responsibilities of a Steward, and he has a very interesting perspective on the whole thing. Of course, given his words in Ithilien (and those words were a great way to start this story off) I should have expected nothing less. In both peace and war, the realm must be cared for. Legolas has already noted its neglect in the garden areas, but thankfully, Faramir is well equipped to do something about its library. And once he sorts out why he's doing this, I think he begins to enjoy it. I love his reasons for beginning the task, and I love the titles he comes across and his method of organization. All very Faramir, and I would like to visit this library once he's finished. It would make for a fantastic experience.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
A nice little vignette, this, and one that illustrates that often muted irrepressibility of Faramir, or perhaps his resilience. Despite the circumstances, he can still find a reason to persevere, and to go on with the tasks of living, including cleaning up after the dead. And while pride might come first in the list of reasons to clean house in the face of apocalypse, it's duty that ends it, and that brings a smile.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: 3
It wasn't perfectly clear when the story took place though I did guess the who. And I like the reasoning he comes up with. He has a bigger picture than his father and that, in the end, was the making of a good steward for the returned king. He would be the type to try to remake the library into something more suited to all the land.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 3
The chaos in the library is so symbolic of the end of Denethor's reign - and Faramir's calm order indicative of a new world where different peoples and customs again have meaning. Faramir is just the kind of man to know that what he does may never be seen by any - yet do it anyway. Great Faramir.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An interesting scene. Yous et it up well and tell the reaer a lot about Faramir's character from how he acts. It is also interesting to see a corner fo the life of Gondor.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 2
This story does a first-rate job of characterising Gondor, and Gondor's decline, through her libraries. Also I liked the comment Faramir's reaction to the "how many years" question made on the difference between him and Boromir.