Green No Longer

Author: Allee

Nominator: Larner

2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Vignette

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: This vignette is appropriate for mature audiences only because it contains medical gore.

Summary: During the aftermath of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, Aragorn realizes just how much has been lost

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Reviewed by: Firya  ✧  Score: 6

Through all the bleak visions of the aftermath of the great battle of Helm’s Deep, I like the complicated and many facets of Aragorn’s characters here. Allee showed us a compassionate healer, as well as an experienced warrior, and a wise leader in Aragorn. And I find the interaction between the three hunters very delicate yet quite believable. The Dwarf was realistic nonetheless, but also very perceptive. These three could understand each other and share their thoughts even without any words, and it showed the great similarity between three races despite their differences. Though I mourn the loss of innocence during the war, I can see hope rising from this very scene. In a word, this is a moving and poignant ficlette, another great piece of Allee.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

So many of those who had defended Helm's Deep were green warriors, young men and boys who lost their innocence and all too often their lives as well as they went through that interminible night alongside their King and his men and the three strangers from the north. Aragorn ponders this truth as he labors over the body of such a young wounded man, one who is a green warrior no more, and considers those others he sees about him. What these now proven warriors have won and lost may never be fully calculated. A fascinating tribute to all who first face the terror of battle, and a wonderful look at Aragorn as healer in the aftermath of that great conflict.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This short vignette brings into stark relief the aftermath of the Battle at Helm's Deep or for that matter all battles with a clever play on the meanings of the word "green". I like the interplay between Aragorn and Gimli.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 3

Shows in grisly detail the reality of the aftermath of the battle of Helm's Deep. The humorous play on words only reinforces the seriousness of the situation. I liked how Aragorn appreciated the boy's courage and and determination to do all in his power to help despite his queasy stomach.

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 3

You've handled a tough and emotional subject with a delicate balance of tenderness and realism. This is an engaging piece of fiction, not just in reflection of our fandom, but also of our current world and I find that very Tolkienesque in a bittersweet way.

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina  ✧  Score: 3

Allee has a gift for capturing vivid settings and depth of character. This short fic is no exception. In it we see the ravages of war and the loss of innocence. Aragorn's perceptions are in keeping with the character Tolkien created. A serious look at the aftermath of Helm's Deep. Nicely done!

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A moving little story which vividly depicts the horrors of war which are all too often forgotten or glossed over. Aragorn laments the loss of innonence of a boy who is helping to tend the wounded.

Reviewed by: nau_tika  ✧  Score: 2

A sad story, but brings out some accurate points. I like the way the three really understood each other.

Reviewed by: White Wolf  ✧  Score: 2

A small moment in time in which the loss of innocence by a young boy after the Battle of Helm's Deep is observed by three experienced warriors. Touching and well-written.