In Which Comes Sorrow Long Expected

Author: Anna Wing

Nominator: Ithilwen

2010 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Dunedain

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The death of Eowyn.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

The imagery in this story was fantastic. It's like watching the aspects of Eowyn's life unfold in the legacy she's left behind. There's a sense that she lives on through both memories and tokens. But there's also a very real sense that she is gone, and here is where I think this ficlet really shines. In tracing the memories and remains of Eowyn's life, there's a celebration of what she accomplished during her years in Ithilien. This celebration, however, is balanced by the stark reality Faramir faces that these things are only memories and remains, not Eowyn herself. His musings about his ["short-lived children"] were especially poignant, and Faramir's indifference to the rain is agonizing. If you'll pardon a metaphor of singularly bad taste, it's the last nail in the coffin. The rain that probably was welcomed year in and year out in Ithilien as it cleansed the forests can't works its miracles here. A vibrant and extremely well-balanced story!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

I really like how this ficlet characterizes Eowyn, not so much through Faramir's possession, but through the things that had come to characterize her. In each detail we learn a little bit about Eowyn, and some of those details are brilliant (I especially liked the the continued connection with Merry), but by keeping Faramir from telling us those details, he is rendered speechless. That's very fitting for a recent widower. All in all, this was a beautiful and moving glimpse into Faramir's and Eowyn's lives.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

For Faramir there had to have been foreknowledge that this day would come, but it still must have been so difficult when it happened. All is much as she left it but days ago, but the woman he loves is no longer there to use her possessions or to add meaning and joy to his life. What he has left is indeed a still-life without Eowyn. Beautifully written.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

A very affecting and effective vignette: I love the cumulative effect in the listing of her possessions, coloring in the life of post-War Eowyn. Faramir's grief here is palpable, yet dignified. A moment in time beautifully preserved in all its sadness.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A short and bittersweet look at one of the saddest days of Faramir's life. Beautiful imagery and minimalist emotion are combined to effectively, delicately but powerfully convey the depth of Faramir's sorrow. I could see and feel it all - very nicely done!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 2

A beautifully written glimpse of Faramir's sorrow over Eowyn's death. I loved the way that everyday objects held memories of her, so very true to life.