The Tide

Author: Branwyn

Nominator: annmarwalk

2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Imrahil's thoughts as he returns Faramir, wounded in the battle, to his father.

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 6

Yee-HAH! We don't see Angry Imrahil often enough; and the Valar Know, he has cause at this point. Though Imrahil's confrontation with Denethor here, sadly, seems like that of the Irresistible Force colliding with the Immovable Object; with Imrahil storming in like an angry wave, and Denethor as obdurate as a rocky seaside promontory. The author delivers a fine portrayal of Imrahil's frustration at this shattering moment in his and Denethor's lives. The piece is all the more effective in that Imrahil doesn't see the emotions behind Denethor's mask; we can guess that Imrahil's righteous anger on his apparently mortally wounded nephew's behalf is salting some very raw wounds in the Steward's already stressed mind.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 5

Oh, how deftly you tear out our hearts, with a mere hundred words! I’ve never known anyone who could select words as deadly and precise as arrows, to convey your tale with such stark clarity. Prince Imrahil’s controlled grief is perfectly depicted as his words, Tolkien’s words, belie his rage. Yet you have moved us far beyond what we were given, to Imrahil’s frustration with his brother-in-law, his long- simmering fury over the treatment of the less-favored son. Imrahil is clearly near his own breaking point, but you have marvelously conveyed how Denethor’s cold ivory mask reminds him of the utter need, at this moment, for self-control, for Faramir’s sake, and for Gondor’s.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 4

[Your son has returned, lord, after great deeds.] For all his self-control, I just can't hear Imrahil saying this in anything resembling a polite tone. I'm certain that his accusation is clear, and well it should be. I imagine him struggling to say just that and nothing else, for fear that he might loose his temper completely and loose his anger on Denethor. And I think that Denethor would know Imrahil well enough to know that he was furious. A very, very tense moment - very well done.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 4

I enjoyed seeing this from Imrahil's PoV. His inner dialogue was wonderful - having to remind himself of Denethor's status and relationship to himself to avoid losing his temper altogether. His utter fury was believable, given how Faramir had been sent forth on a suicide mission and now his wounded nephew was receiving just as cold a reception upon his return. I can well believe that he dared say no more at that moment lest he give in to that final impulse and slug Denethor soundly.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

I can feel Imrahil's anger throughout here. You did a very good job of capturing not only the emotion but the reason behind the emotion, not easy to do in such a short form. I especially liked youruse of the phrase ["cold ivory mask"].

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

You can just feel Imrahil's anger and frustration here. Yet, what can he do? Gondor needs Dol Amroth on the field of battle - and Denethor is so close to destroying his son ... Perhaps it is as well for Denethor that he doesn't survive. I don't think Imrahil would be very pleased with his later conduct.

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 2

I found this to be deeply moving. I can only imagine how he found the strength to stay calm during this. His nobility and honor come through clearly.

Reviewed by: stefaniab  ✧  Score: 2

Talk about economy of prose! This ficlet pulls no punches in showing Imrahil's opinion of his brother-in-law.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very powerful image of Imrahil's devotion to his nephew, and his efforts to keep his anger and contempt for Denethor in check. I think I like this Imrahil very much indeed.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

The tides ebb and rise, and at the moment, wrath is rising for Imrahil, to whom falls the duty to bring Faramir back from Pelennor to the aloof Steward of Gondor.

Reviewed by: Jenn_Calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

An interesting view of Imrahil.