Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Faithful

Author: Dwimordene
Nominator: Isabeau of Greenlea
2008 Award Category: Times: Second and Early Third Age

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: With war looming, the Prince of Dol Amroth has a decision to make.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

What a twisted political tangle Amrazar finds for himself! And for all of Belfalas. I've haven't seen many stories detailing the time around the kin-strife, but this seems to boil down through all the politics and hit the heart of the matter. The conflict is clearly narrated, and Amrazar's dilemma is compelling. I love the imagery of the swan and the metaphor Amrazar draws from it. I also loved the opening imagery of a growing storm off the coast and the idea that Dol Amroth has always been a place where people can find shelter from that storm. These narrations of the environment create some powerful symbolism for the turmoil currently affecting Gondor. I also enjoyed the second section and Castamir's eagerness as he opens Amrazar's response. His ambition is clear, and it seems as though he never doubted the reply. Great characterization all around and excellent look at a piece of Gondor's history that could probably due with more scrutiny from the fandom.

Reviewed by: Alquawende -- Score: 5

It is a rarity to even come upon a story that takes place in the time of Gondor's Kin-strife, so when I saw this story, I knew I had to read. I have had this upsession about this period for quite awhile and this fic has only made me want more, sadly, because there are too few. Anyway, back to the short fic, I like that the author brings out the political effects the Kin-strife has on the various lords of Gondor. It makes the story more realistic when the author narrated, beautifully, the situation, but did not give away too much. The ending suprised me, and I liked it very much, even if it had bad effects for others... A lovely fic, Dwimordene!

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 4

The Kin-Strife always seems to me to be a tragedy like unto our Civil War, where everyone has to choose a side, and brothers can be found facing brothers on the field of battle. Whether Amrazar of Dol Amroth in Dwimordene's ficlet has a brother is never said. But certainly he has conflicting loyalties, and in the end, he makes his choice. A momentous occasion deftly described in very few words.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

Dwimordene never disappoints, and this tale predating and presaging the Kin-strife is no exception. Excellent use of the title, and concept of, [Faithful]. And of course the research is outstanding; and Dwim deals with the historic and political ramifications easily and naturally, while building up the suspense of a difficult time in Gondor's history, and implying the terrible changes that were to come.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

A disturbing pair of drabbles in which the Prince of Dor-en-Ernil finds himself facing the choice of whether to support the King or Castamir. Consideration is made of the nature of swans and their loyalty; and at last the decision was made.... Had he known where his choice would lead, would it have been different? A wonderful feel for the location as well as the mood of the Prince.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

Intriguing look on what might have occured on the eve of the Gondorian Kin-Strife. I can feel how difficult it must have been for this Prince of Dol Amroth to weigh between the conflicting loyalities, when a decision either way might put the people he is in charge of in peril. We know his decision will put him on "the wrong side of history", but as we see here, it certainly wasn't a decision made lightly, or with betrayal in mind.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

I liked ths vision of Dol Amroth. The Author really gives the reader a rich sense of place, both physically and politically.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

but until expressed directly, the question is loyal to the person or loyal to the persona.