2008 Award Category: Races: Men: General Fixed-Length Ficlets - First Place
Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet ✧ Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: He never dreamed of power... (double drabble - 200 words)
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 10
babbling about drabbles has been one of the truly fun things i've been doing lately but this one should be alot easier one its a double drabble, two it's an aragorn i believe in. this is the character i want to see win thru, this is the character that has class and couth and should be the king....not that sometimes thing that people seem to think was the personification of generations of breeding and battling. i thank you for taking the time to give us this small introspective moment that gives such depth and character to one of the most written about member of the fellowship. it is interesting how your site page even adds that light touch of class that light gray gives to a gentleman's stationary. it seems i may have to do some babbling because if i do not want to give your story away i can not say much more about your writing style, i can not marvel over you brevity because it is not a single. if i comment on the way he dreams i will need that spoiler button, and i think everyone should get to read this with a clear, clean slate so that the vast and wonderful fullness of the piece can inspire them. you present a theory that has long been my interpretation of aragorn and his methods of getting where he's going, i wish more of the players that we read so often could have so delicate a hand as yours exposing their "humanity" it's so hard to do with elves and dwarfs but there is no politacally corrected word that i have been exposed to yet.
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 9
What struck me first about this drabble, what dazzled me like a gift when this drabble appeared in the midst of yet another wintry day, is the summer imagery: words and phrases like [sheltered leaf-strewn clearings] and [soft-leaved oaks and beeches] and [hot noonings spent in shade of hedge or tree] and (my very favorite) [resinous pine that sparked and burnt in flares of red and gold] . It's deliciously warm and herb-scented and sun-dappled, satisfying to all the senses at once. [He has never dreamed of power, but now it is offered to him in a bright sword.] I don't think my love for this drabble is in opposition to my well-document desire to slap Movie!Aragorn at all. These are not the musings of a man hungry (or even yearning) for power in of itself. Like Faramir, your Aragorn does not love the bright sword for its sharpness, but for how it can be used judiciously to bring about the world he longs for with all his heart. You've also expressed very well Aragorn's dreams of a peaceable life for himself and his people, his desire that they could be spared the war and strife that brings such grief for innocent folk; and also, perhaps, his own secret dreams of being spared the bureaucratic trappings of kinghood which I'm sure would have weighed heavily upon him too. It's such a pleasure, Avon, to see you writing LOTR again. Your fandom (and your fans!) have sorely missed you. Welcome home.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 6
The idea that dreams are revelatory is very old, and usually is taken to reveal two realities: the future and the self. Given the importance of prophetic dreaming to the royal line of Númenor, one suspects that a look into the dream life of its latest scion will combine the two. The repetition of that one line works very well - Aragorn does not dream of power. This is the key to his character, especially of his movie character where this is so clearly at issue in the scene at Gilraen's grave. Yet power has come to him, and he has a decision to make about taking it up. Avon portrays this shift in his life very well, but I think also hints at what we know is the case: that the dreams are a revelation and a kind of guarantee: now and tomorrow, Aragorn does not dream of power. Nice staging of this conflict, Avon!
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 6
Lush, lyrical prose, providing descriptions which give the drabble a very rich, densely-imagined backdrop. Aragorn's dreams become almost reality, so that the readers can smell the green, the freshness of the water, feel the wind, hear the roar of the waterfalls. I thought the premise of the drabble fit very well with Aragorn's character, especially of course with movie!Aragorn. It shows a self-effacement and humility, coupled with the awareness that he has shoulder heavy responsibility to attain his desires so they will be sustainable and lasting. The contrast between his peaceful and gentle longings, and his willingness to accept strife and power as is his responsibility and destiny is played up very well.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
Quite a beautiful ficlet here, a crescendo of reflections from movieverse Aragorn that culminates in the offer of power in the sword reforged. The slow, lovingly detailed texture of what Aragorn does dream of instead of power works quite well here, and the appearance of Anduril, and the choice, and change, that it embodies for Aragorn, is sharper in contrast.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 4
A very perceptive look into Aragorn's character. I agree with the author that Aragorn does not dream of power,but rather the simple things of life.His desire to be king is rooted in a wish to do good and marry Arwen. Aragorn,though does not shirk responsibilty and will take up The sword of the King now that the time has come. A very poetic drabble with clever use of language.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 3
This ficlet poses a powerful question most gently: is someone who fights for peace a man of war? We can only imagine this must have been the defining question of Tolkien's own wartime experiences. The author here has reexamined it with exceeding grace.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Of what does the lonely Ranger dream as he walks the roads and sits in dark corners of inns? Not power, although it is offered him. A wonderful characterization of movie-Aragorn, and I like to think of book-Aragorn as well.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This ficlet has a lovely lyrical feel to it; and the refrain, that ["he never dreamed of power,"] seems to nicely encapsulate Aragorn's characters and at the same time draw a lovely parallel with Faramir. Nicely done, I very much enjoyed reading this.
Reviewed by: Tanaqui ✧ Score: 3
In this drabble about Aragorn accepting his destiny during the War of the Ring, Avon creates some wonderful word-pictures of his life up to that point. The drabble is extremely effectively structured to build from the pastoral and personal to a heroic and historic note in the final lines. Well done!
Reviewed by: Súlriel ✧ Score: 2
This is a lovely view of Aragorn. I loved these glimpses of the things that were important to him.
Reviewed by: crowdaughter ✧ Score: 2
A poignant view at Aragorn, and at what makes out his desires and wishes, captured with few words, but great images. Very well done!