After The Storm
2006 Award Category: Times: The Great Years: Gondor
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Novella
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Romance
Summary: MovieVerse gapfiller. How Faramir and Eowyn came to be together.
Reviewed by: Ellethill ✧ Score: 8
This story fills wonderfully the great gaps left in the movies, rounding up the changes made there to herd them as much as possible towards book canon. The initial motivations of the characters are well set up, emphasizing the previously mentioned changes, and the first exchange of lines between the characters is wonderful - the gist of the canonical conversation from the Houses of Healing, yet still new and original. Actually, their entire interaction is wonderful, and seems to flow freely and naturally. Such images like Eowyn and Faramir aiding each other in breaking bread and cutting meat at meals, and him twirling her about when the sign came that the Ring had been destroyed (an impulsive and refreshing gesture) were very sweet; him speaking to her of defensive plans and asking for her aid in making ready the House of the King was a strike of genius that would bring them closer. Their interactions with the other people of the City were easy as well, as was their coming together in the end (with just the right amount of anxious worry). I very much enjoyed reading it!
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 8
I am not, in general, overly addicted to movie-verse Eowyn and Faramir - but I really enjoyed reading this story. Not just because Eowyn and Faramir's relationships grows delightfully - and tentatively enough that it is really endearing - but because of the very developed look at the sort of things - where do clothes come from, who decides on the organisation of the banquets, who galvanised the clearing of the Pelennor, who found the horse and scrubbed the King's house - that are normally just assumed to have happened magically. I like Eowyn - King's niece and King's sister - taking over the running of the household, and finding worth in doing it, whilst also managing the Rohirrim and looking after the horses. I like Faramir being overburdened with the mechanics of bringing about the re-establishment of a thousand year dead monarchy, whilst at the same time yearning for the Shieldmaiden of Rohan. And I like Lothiriel and Amrothos and the flicker of interest in Eomer's eyes! All in all, a recommended read. Good stuff.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 5
Ah, now this was lovely! I don't normally care for movie-verse, but if PJ had included this story arc in the EE, I would have been thrilled! What would it matter if it had made it two or three hours longer? Honestly, the author managed to capture the essence of the book-verse Faramir and Eowyn and infuse it into the movie-verse versions. I was impressed with how well she did this, and how well she blended the canon elements in, while preserving the events as they unfolded in the EE. A brilliant job of blending! And also an excellent and absorbing read--I could only wish there had been a few more hobbity moments in it--but that's just me.
Reviewed by: stefaniab ✧ Score: 4
This is an engaging Movieverse romance. Faramir, of the red-gold hair, is noble, sympathetic, and sweetly romantic. Eowyn is supremely sensible and practical. Rather than taking her lovers along the too typical, angsty road to romance, Chibi makes their story fun. Faramir has a keen sense of humor, but haphazard personal hygiene. At his behest, Eowyn literally takes charge of domestic life in Minas Tirith. Faramir and Eowyn's story that usually gets dripped with angst. Instead, Chibi lavishes her lovers with sweetness.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 4
Since this is movie verse and the movies dind't have much to say about Faramir and Eowyn the author had a lot of leeway to fill in the gaps. I really like the interaction between the two protagonists. Both scarred from their experiences and therefore unsure how to proceed and whether to trust their own feelings. I love that you have Faramir give Eowyn free reign to set the house of the Kings and the house of the Stewards to rights and so giving her the feeling really to contribute to the restoration effort.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 1
A lovely work!
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 1
An excellent film-verse gapfiller.