2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Aragorn
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Why has Theoden left Theodred to welcome his cousins to Meduseld?
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
Writers who have a real sense of the Rohirrim produce some of my favorite stories, and this story was no exception. Theodred is definitely a son of Rohan. There's something about the way he thinks and the way he goes about life that hearkens back to the fierceness of the riders and their horses. But at the same time, there's a gentle streak and an overflow of compassion and hospitality for any he names friend. It was great to see this depicted in the writing, and it was also great to see Thorongil make a quick return to Rohan, bringing with him two very important charges. Nice characterization all around that was deftly peppered with an authentic Rohan flavor.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Ah, my first love is well presented here, even if he speaks not a word! Was it grief at the loss of his sister that led Theoden to leave his son to greet his orphaned nephew and niece to Edoras and Meduseld? Whatever it was, this story conveys that arrival well, complete with Ranger escort. And the recognition of Thorongil by some who've remained in the Hall is marvelously done.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 3
This story brings us to an interesting crossroads, where so many lives of promise - and one which was cut short and did not fulfill its promise - are also seen for their great and present value by the old and young. The small details are wonderful and make this a rich narrative, but never too weighty.
Reviewed by: NeumeIndil ✧ Score: 3
A touching and sweet product of the ever fruitful "what if", particularly since the years of Aragorn's wandering are a big blank in many ways. Your characterization of the children is excellent, and I very much like that with the children and Theodred all, we can see the hints of the adults they will become beneath the youngsters that they are.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Interesting story connecting Aragorn to the arrival of the children Eomer and Eowyn in Edoras. I really like the connection between the elderly nurse and Thorongil; and how she characterizes the mysterious Ranger to Theodred - very Rohirric. And good characterisation of the very young Eowyn.
Reviewed by: Galadriel ✧ Score: 3
A touching story of Eomer and Eowyn's arrival at Meduseld, twined with a fascinating take on Thorongil's place in the hearts of the Rohirrim. The characterizations of the major players are fascinating, especially that of Theodred and his cousins. Lovely.