At Long Last

Author: Astara

Nominator: GypsieRose

2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Pre-Ring War

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: This a probably a VERY conservative rating regarding non-platonic relationships, but it's in accordance with the description given in the rating guidelines. :-)

Summary: Why did Denethor II and Finduilas of Dol Amroth marry? This is a hopeless romantic's take of their tale.

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Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 7

The author has a nice way with words. I enjoyed this tale of the first encounter. Denethor's slight perturbance at helping to strengthen Dol Amroth's pride was interesting at the very beginning of this tale. I was thoroughly taken by this description of the Steward's Heir - [The tone was as neutral as the mask he wore] - told everything about Denethor - at least the future Denethor. Profound description. I still shudder at it. I liked the strained relations between Angelimir and Ecthelion. Very believable. But it was so sad to read of Denethor's surprise over the Swan's family dynamics... very sad in light of what you describe for the Steward's family. And your impression of Ecthelion and Thorongil's relationship was spot on. I never have given much credence to those who think Denethor's envy of Thorongil was not well-earned. Very, very difficult for a son. And yet, later on, does not Denethor do the same to Faramir? Sad family. I enjoyed the snowball fight, the kiss, and the strained relationship after it. Very glad it all ended well.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 5

Good, vivid characterisations, evocative descriptions. Denethor's portrayal was spot-on, always thinking, analysing situations and people, searching for hidden motives. I found the comparison between the Steward's and the Prince's family, regarding the relationships of the different members towards each other, quite apt (it also resembles my own take on this issue). I liked how the romance developed quite unconsciously between them: Denethor was for a long time unaware just what it was he felt towards Finduilas, he only knew he had found someone he liked, and this fact alone was unusual enough. It was amusing to see just how much she was able to dispell his reserved attitude.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

Well-written and convincing story of the Denethor/Finduilas romance. I particularly like the portrait of Denethor as a reserved, intelligent and almost too cerebral man in danger of retreating from all human connection when he meets the Prince's attractive grand-daughter. Interesting that he relates to Finduilas first as a friend - it works well in this story. And I very much like the author's inclusion of a good reason for Denethor to name his son "Boromir".