The Chieftain of the Dunedain

Author: Avon

Nominator: Linda Hoyland

2008 Award Category: Races: Men: Pre-Ring War Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Aragorn returns to the DĂșnedain and Halbarad remembers.(A double drabble - 200 words)

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Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 10

Avon, you were a total unknown to me before mefa and i hope that after mefa's i will find many more of your works they are such intense little snippets and seem to reflect much light on some of the characters that i like. it is so much easier to be word-y about the characters that i enjoy. your use of a more mature halabarad makes this moment mean just that much more. i think one of the numbers i've seen thrown around would say the aragorn is one-sixty-fourth elf, but never have i seen him as so elf-ish. i geuss so much of what we see of aragorn is his expression of himself, he seems to be able to dress the mood he wants to portray on each occasion as he approaches them but i had never thought about it untill reading your post. i would geuss that early in his time with the rangers it was comforting and not deliberate flaunting that kept so many of the elven parts and pieces close to the surface, also as halabarad spends more time with aragorn he will become more and more an independent idea rather then an ideal. but it may never be easy to loss that giggly little guy that was so dear and cherished. my aragorn and from the looks of it yours too is one of those souls who collects various relations and friends and makes them FAMILY. he has such a giant heart that the more rooms he fills up the more room he makes for more people. thank you for sharing a tender ranger moment.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 4

I always find it fascinating to see what people make of the Halbarad-Aragorn relationship: it's so open. Most writers, myself included, like to envision them as of an age and so able to in a sense come of age together; Avon gives Halbarad a twenty year advantage or so, and injects a definite, proud paternalism in his reception of the newly returned from elven care Chieftain of the DĂșnedain. The last line is just right!

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion  ✧  Score: 4

Elegantly and entertainingly written, this drabble paints a delightful portrait of Aragorn as a young man at his ease at the campfire with his companions. But its chief charm is the notion that Halbarad was an older man, one who had dandled baby Estel at his knee - a novel idea, since I for one always think of them as being the same age - yet in the realms of fanon this thought works very well too.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A telling and perceptive look at Aragorn through Halbarad's eyes. I greatly enjoyed this drabble as we rarely see how the young Aragorn appears in his kinsman's eyes. I liked the way that Halbarad could sense future greatness.The last line brings an abrupt change of mood, which is pure delight.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

This is nice, by which I mean to say the sweetness of the ending made me smile. I felt I could really see through Halbarad's eyes, and his thoughts flowed very naturally. Well done.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

Ah, to see newly-returned Aragorn through the eyes of one who knew him as a toddler. An evocative piece, with lovely imagery. Now I wish to see how a particular friendship grew.