Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Hands of Healing

Author: Cuthalion
Nominator: Cuthalion
2006 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Rohan

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Some angst and romanticism.
Summary: When Aragorn tames Théodred's abandoned horse in the stables of Edoras, he doesn't only win the heart of a horrified stallion...


Reviewed by: Mechtild -- Score: 9

This is another movie-based story in which you do some nice things with foreshadowing. Éowyn tells this story, which gives a bit more of a feel for interior life than watching the film. You begin by recalling the film scene in which she meets Aragorn (Théoden’s exorcism and healing), before bringing the reader into Éowyn’s present, the stable scene in which Aragorn soothes the rearing, panicked horse of her cousin Théodred – also the scene in which she falls in love with him. I really didn’t know what you were going to do for your ending, other than follow the film scene to its conclusion, but you did something different. I was very pleased by the way you let Aragorn’s healing of the trapped, near-bolting horse; distressed but brave, beautiful and nobly-bred; remind the reader of the healing to come. In the Houses of Healing, distressed but brave, beautiful, nobly bred Éowyn will benefit from his word and touch. The HOH healing scene doesn’t appear in the film (more is the pity), but every fan knows the book scene of Éowyn’s healing, in which Aragorn demonstrates that “the hands of the king are the hands of a healer”. Your foreshadowing of that, in the stable scene, was moving and well-conceived.

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 4

I usually don't like movieverse--I figure if I want Peter Jackson's AU, I'll watch the films, which I love--but this vignette is quite successful at bridging the book and the movie. It's very poetic and romantic, capturing both Eowyn's despair and the awakening of hope. You can see this Eowyn riding to death after she believes Aragorn to be either riding toward death and/or to have decisively rejected her love.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

I love this gap-filler for the stable scene. I especially like that it is written from Eowyn's pov. It explains her fascination with Aragorn and through her eyes, Aragorn can shine. Now I just would like to see this scene from Aragorn's pov. Did he really overlook and dismiss Eowyn as she thinks?

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

I am always impressed when someone can take one of the more extraneous movie-verse moments, and somehow bring the characters more in line with their canon selves. In this exploration of the stable scene from the tilm, the author manages to capture the book-verse personalities of Aragorn and Eowyn. Very well done.

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 2

This is one of my favorites. I love the view of Aragorn through Eowyn's eyes and thoughts and through her heart, and especially seeing him through her as the horses see him.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

A filling out of the early movieverse relationship of Aragorn and Éowyn. Nice characterization of Eowyn. Some grammatical difficulties.