Shards of Time

Author: A L Milton

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Post-War of the Ring - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes

Summary: Barahir, the writer grandson of Faramir and Eowyn, tries to find out what truth shall he write about his legendary grandmother.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

This is one of those fics that requires to be digested slowly. There's something about the way Barahir goes about his effort to unearth The Truth about his grandmother that just reeks of violence, and I have to say, I love it. How to reduce someone to a page, when that person has inconveniently managed to be both a hero and a deserter, both a saint and a sinner? We see the unflattering side of the tale alongside the heroic parts we all know, and it all comes through the sophisticated mind of a man whose virtue is his vice: a desire for the truth, which he can mock or manipulate or both, and who in the end has to confess to being able to do only what he must. This story isn't really about Éowyn in the end, it's about Barahir and mundane desire for truth in a dishonest and complicated world, a desire which can neither be satisfied ("there is no truth") nor dismissed.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Barahir shows some amazing insight in this tale, and Eowyn is brought to life in a completely new light for me. I very much enjoyed his attempts to learn more about his "shifting" grandmother, and I enjoyed the use of the word "shifting" as it kept coming into play. Even though Eowyn's story and the characters in this fic are sundered by time, they manage to bridge the gap quite well, and the journey is just as much fun as the end result.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

A nice evaluation of a troubling character. Before reading your story I never had much sympathy for Éowyn (she was to me more deserter than heroine), but through thinking about your story I've come to read some of the canon in a different light. She really is a tragic character, even if I don't approve of her actions, and this story shows her as such. I also really liked your characterization of Barahir; he is a historian, yes, but also the son of Faramir and Éowyn, and that means a fair amount of passion, albeit of a restrained sort.