Author: Alassante

Nominator: Súlriel

2009 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Eomer or Eowyn

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: discussion of death

Summary: Theoden must deal with his sister's death and telling her children.

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Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 9

Al, I think I’ve read this a thousand times trying to figure out what I want to say. As both a daughter and a mother, I find this is heartfelt and heartbreaking. It's beautifully written, the love and pain comes through clearly and intensely. But it is more than that. In addition to the loss and the grief, you speak of love and life, both of the past and for the future. Theoden’s words to Eomer touch me deeply. [“The moments you spend with those you love are all that makes this life worth living, child.] We know, when we love someone, that it will not last. That there will come a time that death or circumstance will take them and that we’ll be faced with going on alone with a great gaping hole in our lives. We all have the choice to love deeply, painfully, to know the heights and the depths – or to take the smooth road. Painful in its loneliness, but it seems easy, at times, to choose the endless dull ache over the soaring heights and the agonizing plunges of love and loss. It may be that these threads touch me in deeper and stronger ways because of the loss and changes as well as the hope that I’m currently facing in my real life. But there is no denying that you have touched a Truth in this passage, that Theoden’s words are as true for all of us in this world as they are for Eomer and Eowyn in theirs.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

It's one thing to deal with grief for a passing loved one, particularly someone as close to Theoden as Theodwyn would have been. But it's another to have to put that grief aside and try to care for those even more deeply affected. Alassante tackles a difficult challenge, and I think it comes across well. Theoden's grief is keenly felt, but so is his commitment to family. I like how the news came differently to Eomer, Eowyn, and Theodred. Theodred seems to know immediately. Eowyn, at a very young age, needs an explanation but still senses that something is wrong. Eomer works from instincts and, like Theodred, knows what is wrong, but he is willing to plunge ahead and ask the hard questions that don't have answers and say the hard things that can't be reconciled. Already, he's looking to square off with the things that oppose him.

Reviewed by: Starlight  ✧  Score: 5

You have done a great job in portraying such a difficult, poignant moment. I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to think of facing the future knowing yourself deprived from such an important influence--mother, sister, aunt--but, whenever I think of what would happen if I had to die and leave my child, it's hard to stop the tears. Eomer's reactions were so natural for a perceptive young man, and one who is struggling to understand the world and his own reality, but they also reveal so much of his own grief. Theoden's words of comfort strike a chord... Well done!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

For the children of Eomund and Theodwyn, the loss of their parents was no small and passing thing, but a traumatic tragedy too common within their world. We watch Theoden struggle to tell the news of their mother's death to Eomer, and then try to make the facts comprehensible. I rejoice only that Eomer did not later feel bound by the oath he would swear here. A story that feels compellingly believable.

Reviewed by: Lady Bluejay  ✧  Score: 3

Well done for tackling this. It must have been so difficult for Théoden and Théodred, and Théodred will remember his loss. So often we see Éomer angry at his mother’s passing, but you have handled his grief well with his first thought for his sister. And good to know Eowyn was always going to be a Shield-maiden!

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

This is a very sad moment in which Theoden showed a great wisdom. His words of love and its meaning in life are so true; Eomer will realize that once his grief passes and he grows up. Although sad, this is such a beautiful story.

Reviewed by: Robinka  ✧  Score: 2

A very thoughtful and subtle ficlet to show Theoden as a brother who lost his sister and an unlce who has to tell his nephew about his mother's death. Poignant!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 2

This is one of those crucial points: that love is to make oneself vulnerable to loss and yet is what makes us human. A tough lesson to learn at such a young age!

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf  ✧  Score: 2

Heartbreaking window onto a moment in their lives. Very realistic and believable. The bond between the cousins at its beginning.