The Captain's Last Charge

Author: AmandaK

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler: War of the Ring - First Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: PG for theme.

Summary: Faramir prepares to do his father's bidding and retake Osgiliath for Gondor.

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Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 6

In this short story, AmandaK does a fine job of making greater sense of a very poorly done part of the movie!verse storyline (don’t get me started ranting about movie!Gondor…). The writing is beautifully phrased and packs enormous power in its simple and elegant wording. Faramir’s concern for his men against the background of his own fear, grief and sense of failure is deeply touching. The descriptive touches are deftly done, painting rich scenes without overwhelming the piece. While I don’t normally read much movie!verse, especially not stories set in Gondor, quality shines from every line in this, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 5

A movieverse gapfiller; and a painful and lovely imagining of the scene in which Faramir assembles his troops for the doomed attempt to reclaim Osgiliath. AmandaK has brought Faramir to vivid life here in his terrible realization that even his death will not buy his father’s love, and his own determination to prove his love by paying the requested price. The scene in which he sends away volunteers who have families, allowing only old, solitary campaigners to join him in the sortie, was particularly heartrending and a thoughtful, imaginative detail.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 5

This is a touching rendition of a touching moment. You took a moment that felt movieverse, yet managed to instill some of Faramir's sense of duty and his moral fortitude. As Isabeau had Heth say in "Captain, My Captain", more should be said of the battle for the causeway forts. She was right; they are so poignant and emotion-filled and dramatic, yet I guess because Faramir is the only real canon character that appears, there's nowhere near enough written about the attempt to hold (or recapture) them. Thank you for this moment.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

I very much enjoyed the road that Faramir's thoughts took throughout this story. It was a very natural progression from dread and sorrow to resignation and acceptance, but at no point did it lose its grim, foreboding atmosphere. The mood was a constant for the entire story, and it worked well to tie it all together. The first and last lines, also, were a wonderful way to open and close the story, and almost it became a plea to Denethor to at least witness his son's death. Very powerful and very moving. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 5

This is a very touching and moving story. Following Faramir's thoughts interspersed with the preparations for what he thinks is his last battle brings home his despair and at the end his resignation to his fate. I like it that he asks for volunteers and sends home all the soldiers who have family. Although their future is also grim if Sauron prevails. This story brings Faramir to life, his noble character and his loyalty to his father and Gondor even if it means his death. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 4

This story shows Faramire's character well and in a clever way. The care and loyalty he feels for his soldiers and the loyalty they show to him show very strongly in contrast with Denethor's view of him. This is wonderfully ilustrated to give this view of Faramir's worth. As it is writen to be movie-verse it wonderfully explains and enhanses the scenees either side of it.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 4

Thank you for making something more of the movieverse charge than our esteemed director made of it. It was good to see Faramir acting in a captain's stead, trying to deal with the bad hand he's been dealt and actually spare as many of his men as he is able, rather than simply drag all of them with him to their deaths. One sleepwalks through this fic, which is as it should be given the context.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

Although movie-verse, this captures truly the spirit of weariness and sorrow that Faramir must have felt when his father ordered him away once more. His actions here as he prepares for what he is certain will be his last ride ring true.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: 2

A well-captured dark moment in Faramir's life just before he thought it would end. And so did we. It broke my heart when I first read those lines by his father, and I felt it again in this story.

Reviewed by: Cheryl  ✧  Score: 2

When I read this story , I can clearly see and hear Faramir. It reads so smoothly that I find myself thinking "Yes, that is exactly what happened." To me, that's what a gapfiller is all about.