Psychodiagnostic Evaluation - Subject: The Lady of Rohan
2006 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Parody
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Adult themes
Summary: Consultation Request: Patient Name: Eowyn, Lady. DOB: ??/??/2995. Date of Admission: 3/15/3019. Reason for Admission: complex radial/ulnar fracture. Room: the one with the window that fails to open upon the east. Date of Consult Request: 3/23/3019. Requesting physician: Healing, Warden of the Houses of. Reason for Consultation: questionable mood disorder, please advise.
Reviewed by: Oshun ✧ Score: 6
This is one delightfully, outrageously funny piece. The tone is just right and the canon references are rock solid. Oh, dear! I laughed. Shame on me. Or perhaps I should say "Shame on you!" Poor Eowyn. But she does make one want to shake her until her teeth rattle at times, doesn't she? She is too easy though. I thought you would have to work a whole lot harder to get me laugh in the Faramir section. But, no. You had me from the moment when the interviewer asks him how Eowyn appeared to him when he first encountered her and he answers: [Lovely.] One more great line I must include: at the end of the interview when the examiner is finishing up, but before he shuts off tape recorder, you have him mutter [How do these people *find* each other?] Great little fic. You have great range. I am reading a new story of yours now that is heartbreakingly serious.
Reviewed by: EdorasLass ✧ Score: 5
This makes me so happy. I really like the idea of evaluating Eowyn's mental health after she's come to the Houses of Healing - that poor person actually performing the evaluation! Chamber pots and provocative words thrown at him - I can't imagine that he's ever had a less cooperative patient! (Unless he was called in to consult on Denethor or Boromir, of course) And looking at Eowyn's family history laid out in such a clinical manner, it's hardly surprising at all that the evaluator came to the conclusion that [Pt exhibits symptoms consistent with the exacerbation of a long-standing subclinical mood disorder], is it? The interview with Faramir is priceless as well. Those two could keep a therapist in business for years! Wonderful!
Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice ✧ Score: 4
I really enjoyed this smart little piece. The literary device employed--a mock modern medical assessment--could easily backfire and descend into the mundane and the silly, but the author pulls it off. In fact, it ends up being a very effect way to convey the real horror of what both Eowyn and Faramir went through--and conveying it with humor. This is the kind of story I like to read. The recommendation at the end is a gem.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
Anoriath gives us a contemporary report on Eowyn, and I quite agree--how [these people] find each other is a mystery. Eowyn's mental health is most certainly not at its best in the days after the Pelennor, but the poor consulting psychologist can be forgiven for wondering how she might be helped by the attention of a man with Oedipal issues and depression as severe as Faramir's!
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Very clever look at the attraction of Faramir to Eowyn from a modern psychiatric viewpoint. I loved the use of medical jargon, which adds an extra touch of authenticity. All in all, it's wickedly funny.
Reviewed by: stefaniab ✧ Score: 2
What a creative take on Eowyn's state in the Houses of Healing. I've often wondered what a modern psychologist would have to say about the mental states of both Eowyn and Faramir after Aragorn brings them back.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 2
Amusing, but also very insightful. Good use of apt medical terminology. To bring Faramir's "issues" into the mix was an inspired (and hilarious) idea.
Reviewed by: Jenn_Calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An amusing piece. However, it seems to be remarkable bland considering all the other factors and evidence that could be considered.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
Oh, that was funny! I loved the jargon--it was absolutely perfect! Yeah--that's the reaction you'd get, nowadays!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 1
It's amazing how much of the canon shines through the psychobabble. Well done on this.