A Day In The Life Of The Royal Gondorian Aerial Corps

Author: Anna Wing

Nominator: Ithilwen

2010 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: What Gondor did with the surviving fell-beasts

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 9

Situational humor done right is sometimes the most entertaining, and Anna Wing really nails it in this story. The entire concept of Gondor keeping the fell beasts (pardon me, ["flying-beasts"]) is ridiculous, and the absolutely dead-pan way in which the concept is presented makes it hilarious. Faramir's involvement above and beyond what he was prepared for was a stroke of brilliance, and I particularly loved the detached way he kept making observations about how disgusting, grotesque, and dangerous these creatures are. These observations were brilliant at the start of the story in describing the smell, but they really packed a punch later as Faramir wrestled for control of the monster. The accompanying commentary from Diriel made the situation even better (or worse, from Faramir's perspective) as he truly seemed to care about the things that Faramir didn't want to have anything to do with. The real kicker with this story were the final words from Mablung, which just put a beautiful cap on the impossibility of the situation and the hilarity in what they ask Faramir to get for them. Absolutely priceless. This was a riot!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

This is as original an idea as you can find in Tolkien fanfiction, and a real treat to read - what if the surviving Fell Beasts were taken in by Gondor's military? Anna conveys the danger, bravado and absurdity of such an endeavor, through Faramir and his Rangers, and the Fell Beasts' devoted caretaker, an original character called Diriel. He and the not-quite-tamed beastie steal the show; not easy when Faramir is on the scene. The new Aerial Corps certainly has some interesting times ahead! Charming, wry humor and grit make this ficlet work - I would love to see more of it.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Don't look now, but it appears that in the wake of the fall of Mordor, certain weapons from Sauron's own arsenal have managed to fall into the hands of Faramir's Men, who are determined to make them fit for use by Gondor. One wonders, however, if these weapons might prove rather too dangerous for use. But, hope springs eternal in the breast of the optimistic! A delightful chuckle to read!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

What a wee gem! I really like this idea of Mablung deciding to make use of the flying beasts for the good of Gondor! The writing is such that I could really see and feel the training area - and smell it, oh how I could smell it. I can just see the possibilities for future stories. I have a feeling that most of these possibilities lie somewhere between the work of Terry Pratchett's Lady Sybil Vimes and the Dragonriders of Pern...

Reviewed by: elfscribe  ✧  Score: 4

What a great idea! Faramir and company adopt the fell beasts into a flying air corps. Or as Mablung puts it in the best politically correct manner [the flying beasts (Mablung had been quite firm on that: "...not 'fell beasts', Sir, they're ours now; just animals, not monsters.") ] The stench from the beast was positively palpable, as was the noise. The author did a great job showing the men attempting to calm down the massive and fractious animal. Very funny ficlet. Would love a longer story with this premise.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

An unusual and enjoyable story. This AU is a fun idea and reminds me a little of the "Temeraire" stories, though the lovable dragon is nothing like a fell beast! I enjoyed the vision of Faramir flying.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 2

What a very wacky idea this is! And such a wonderful description of a really, really bad stench.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

I just love this concept! It would be a hoot to see it expanded! The idea that some of the fell beasts were recovered and rehabilitated? Just too much fun!