A Heart As Wide As the World

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

2009 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondorians

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A frightening accident, and a long recuperation, have far-reaching effects upon the people of Ithilien. Inspired by Lady Branwyn's 2008 MEFA Award Winner, "The Onion Riddle", and featuring a number of her original characters, used with her permission. (A ficlet series, with fixed-length ficlets of varying lengths (if that makes sense.) Three drabbles, a double drabble, and a drabble-and-a-half)

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 8

I love the way that these drabbles speak not only of a story but also of a culture. Two cultures, actually. The dwarves are wonderfully represented as strong, practical people who love to work and who honor friendship with great gratitude. The culture of Faramir's folk in Ithilien is also richly detailed. I love the superstition about a dark-haired man being the first through the door and how tradition was expanded to include dwarves. It shows the honor these people have for their heritage but also their welcoming heart and flexible views. Then, of course, there's the story: An innocent accident, a long wait, and a joyful conclusion. The accident itself was harrowing, and the short, brief descriptions seemed to make the tone all the more desperate and harried. It gave the story a slightly choppy feel that harmonized perfectly with the situation. Then the writing transitioned into a much more fluid style as the wait dragged on and was rewarded in the end. I love the way that the baby was depicted, and I love the snapshots we have of the wait along the way.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

It's been a while since I read this series, although I don't remember reading the final drabble-and-a-half. When a pregnant dwarf has her leg broken near Emyn Arnen, it is only natural she should recuperate within the home of Eowyn and Faramir, and it was there her daughter was born! As for the final gift--yes, a most unusual one, but definitely a wonderful return for the hospitality and love shown to Nali's family. Beautiful, to think of the vicugni humming in satisfaction!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

Ann pens a delightful drabble series that shows, through an accident and its consequences, the gentle, welcoming atmosphere of Faramir and Eowyn's home, as Eowyn in particular shows her worth as the lady of the house who can easily cope with unusual guests. And the story also shows the common humanity between cultures as different as that of Ithilien and the traveling Dwarves. A lovely ending, too!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 2

Aww, that is just too cute for words! I love the image of the pregnant dwarf sitting in bed with her beard tucked away to do needle work!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

This was just beyond adorable! I just love the whole idea of a wee Dwarf babe!