Fear no more
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Faramir has been dreaming his entire life; in Autumn 1421 he has the most strange dream in his life and asks his King and Queen for help to understand it... (Reader perhaps needs some knowledge of the "Silmarillion")
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 6
There is a misty, dreamlike quality to the tale from beginning to end. Faramirs remembrance of his last dream of his mother melds seamlessly with the arrival of King Elessar and Queen Arwen, figures from the long dreaming of Gondors history finally brought to fruition in the Fourth Age. All the details of the meeting the autumn garden, the crystal goblets, the waiting pavilion are described lushly, a treat for the senses. Faramirs recounting of his most recent dream, and Arwens immediate recognition of its meaning, is gently and tenderly described, much like the actions within the dream itself. How very imaginative of Cuthalion to envision such a scene, and to present it to us so perfectly!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 5
An interesting way of giving news of Frodo's departure to Gondor. Contrasted with Faramir's dreams, enumerated in the opening, this single one that has nothing to do with death or warning, seems to function as a sort of bookend to his dreamlife: a sign that he, too, need fear no more the prescient dreams, that Frodo's departure in a sense signals a transition to a less fearful time, when Sauron's mark on Middle-earth can truly begin to fade. Couple of grammatical things, but overall, nicely done.
Reviewed by: sulriel ✧ Score: 5
I'm delighted to find this incredible work, full of emotion and imagery - both of pain and love. I'm awe-struck at the level of technical skill of this piece that completely disappears under the layers to form a beautiful work of art. I'm especially impressed with how the description is perfectly balanced, deep and flavorful without being overdone. The canon is well-woven and extended from the ancient past into the Fourth Age. Very well done. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 4
Professor Tolkien seemed to gift his favorite characters with visions, and here Cuthalion gifts one of my favorite characters, Faramir, with a powerful dream, one which is not only a message of loss, but a consolation and an assurance of healing. As always, Cuthalion's strength lies in imagery that stays with you long after you've stopped reading. And the bird rose from her hands, and its wings and body were of a flawless white, and it gave the cry of its kind, sharp and
clear. It moved in circles, once, twice then turned away and sailed on the wind, fast and weightless and triumphant.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
Absolutely gorgeous. Poetic and lyrical, and very true to the voice and character of Faramir as depicted by JRRT, and the dream a very plausible one, and true to the imagery used in canon. I liked this very much, and could easily see this happening.
Reviewed by: Leaward ✧ Score: 3
This is one of those hidden gems that you hope to find while reading the volume of stories in the MEFA's. This is a beautifully written, evocative glimpse and the author has managed to capture the emotion of each character. And each character stays totally within Tolkien's character. Faramir and his dreams, Arwen realizing their import. Beautifully done!
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An interesting vignette. The way you use Faramir's dreams is unusual and interesting. It is a nice idea that news comes back of Frodo's fate.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 2
This is a nice bittersweet vignette. An original way to convey a message to Aragorn and Arwen by way of Faramir's dreams. I love the imagery of the dream with the birds.