On His Stewardship

Author: Alawa

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Poetry

Story Type: Poem  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A sonnet written as part of the ancient and honourable convention of the "Loyal Steward" poetry. Denethor may even have intended it to be circulated, to a limited extent, among the more courtly circles in Minas Tirith. He may even have convinced himself that he believed it.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

There was something very noble and honorable about this poem. I like the comparison of the white virgin banner to loyalty toward an absent King. It takes a great man to be truly humble, and this poem represents a lot of that. It's a good contrast for some of the things Denethor said to Gandalf ere the end.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

All the right words, and yet the knowledge of future events undoes them in the reader's mind. I particularly liked the bit about Arrogance restrained, given that it is pride that will break Denethor cause him to wish to keep the throne permanently empty.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 3

A very stately and grand piece, for all that Denethor is but the Steward. It makes one feel that perhaps the Steward is deserving of more respect (or is that fear) than the King himself might be. I like the form of the sonnet usually for romantic themes, but a noble subject sits well too. Most enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

Two remarkable poems each catching clearly the Steward's voice. Who but Denethor could be so vain and proud about serving in another's place? And sees his city as the only love he can truly have.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 1

This poem is spooky. Beautiful, vivid, but also spooky. I think the irony makes it even better; thanks for the good read.