Herbs of Healing

Author: Branwyn

Nominator: Raksha the Demon

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Drabble

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Faramir finds his own way to cope with grief

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 7

One of my favorite of this talented writer's drabbles: the imagery, of Faramir's dark head surrounded by the blood-red poppies, is striking. And the concept of his restlessness, inability to sleep, understandable after all the sorrow he's endured, relieved by the simple act of working with the poppies as plants rather than by taking them in a sleeping potion, is well-written and credible. It's also a good way to show that Faramir is not just lying around brooding; he's a strong enough character to try to ease his own pain through useful work. The healers' concern is understated, yet very real as they consider suffering that cannot be healed by bandages and potions. My only objection to this lovely piece is that I wish the writer would do a longer version of it, such as a short story.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 4

A deceptively simple, yet elegant demonstration of the value of hard work as a distraction from physical and emotional pain. The vision of Faramir: captain, nobleman, and Steward-apparent, drowning his sorrow and pain in a task as uncomplicated and mindless as weeding, is actually quite powerful. The contrast of the blood-red poppies, and his perhaps-unconscious demonstration of hope - or else, why weed a garden? are marvelous, subtle touches.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 2

This is a lovely look at Faramir from a different POV. I like the very realistic notion that sometimes, drugs are not the answer to healing.