Love Sweet As Poison

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Genres: Romance

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novella

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes, erotic content

Summary: The tale of Denethor and Finduilas. A perverse romance; be amazed that Boromir and Faramir turned out as well as they did!

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 10

You know, in one of her author reviews for me Dwim said that I didn't usually write dark. I could (and will, reviewing time permitting) say that she does just the opposite. Many of Dwim's pieces might appear heavy, but she handles it so well, weaving the strands together in an expert way. I mention this, because her Finduilas especially and to an extent Denethor are so different from mine. This is Finduilas in the depths of despair. But keeping that difference in mind, Dwim does a first-class job of making Finduilas internally and canonically consistent. Besides that, she uses a scenario that I don't think I've ever seen written about: Ecthelion's death. Her description of Ecthelion seemed to fit both what Tolkien tells us about him in HoME and the Appendices, and what I personally imagine given what we know about Denethor's character. He is cutting when he has Denethor apologise to Finduilas, but he also has a soft underbelly (of sorts) that Finduilas latches onto. And may I just say that the "erotic" scene was about the most effectively used such scene not only that I have ever seen done, but that I can imagine? Simply brilliant. But what truly blew me away was the ending. It would have been so easy for Dwim to give us a "happily ever after" where D&F are reduced to their breaking point -- and then move on to a resolution. What Dwim does instead... well, I don't want to ruin it, but I do want to say it blew me away. I would recommend this to every fan of Gondor, but it's not for everyone. It's for those of us who want to think deep and dark throughts about the depravity humans are capable of, whether we prefer Gondorians or not.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 4

An intreaging story. The characterisations you give to Denethor and Finduilas are very interesting and unusual. The way you write this story is very fascinating and it is intreaging to this of it and then consider canon in the light of it for it suggestings things show in lights that I had not considered before. It was really interesting to read but the site would not let me read the final chapter and without being able to read that I feel unable to leave a longer review.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

This is a very sad tale. It is chilling to watch Denethor and Finduilas causing each other so much pain. It is really a miracle that Boromir and Faramir grew up to be the men we get to know in LOTR. With parents like these... Brrr.