Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Gilraen, the Fair

Author: Gwynnyd
Nominator: Radbooks
2010 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Dunedain - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Even if you are fated to marry, you still have meet somewhere. If you are "fair," is that enough to attract the man you want?

Reviewed by: Vilwarin -- Score: 5

I loved the story the first time I read it and I still do so, Gwynnyd. One might think that the title says everything. Gilraen, the fair and vain maiden who walks around all day, fishing for compliments. Not so! You made great use of the ambiguity of the word "fair". I loved how Arathorn, who doesn't know the real story behind her epithet, assumes the explanation that is most likely and tries to make elegant small talk with her. LOL. I also loved that you mentioned their first meeting - it must seem strange to Arathorn to see a beautiful lady instead of a child. Down to earth Gilraen and Arathorn who tries to please her. Excellent story. :)

Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8) -- Score: 5

I have to admit I'm one of those people who haven't given much thought to Aragorn's parents before there was an Aragorn. This story may change that. This is light and fun and such a delightful read. I'm a super sappy romantic, but even if someone isn't into the idea of fate and destiny and love at first sight I think they'd still enjoy this. There's a touch of those things here but it's done maturely, believably, in a way that makes you want to see more of Arathorn and Gilraen's courtship and the deepening of their love. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Yes, the young woman about whom the young men clustered was indeed the most beautiful lady in the hall; but enough to earn the appellation "the Fair"? As he dances with her, Arathorn learns the truth of how she came to the title and laughs, and then remembers further back, when he was a young warrior and she a small child intent on caring for him, declaring to all that they would wed one day.... A beautiful tale of the time when warrior and maid meet again, and how it was that he realized she was a child no more. And it is lovely to realize that there was more that was fair about Gilraen than her face and form! No wonder their son turned out as well as he did! Heh! Lovely and very satisfying to read.

Reviewed by: Celeritas -- Score: 4

I loved this different take on Gilraen when I first read it--who is to say what meaning of "the Fair" actually stood for? Arathorn (we may be fortunate) has just the same preconception after he is introduced to Gilraen as the rest of us. His realization as fate slides into place (Gilraen, figured this out long ago, in an earlier fic) is breathtaking to read. Also deserves kudos as having been written in response to fan film Born of Hope, which had yet another take on the meaning of the word "fair."

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A wonderful gapfiller - I love Gwynnyd's characterisation of cranky Arathorn feeling pressured by his father's insistence that he wed and produce an heir. This fateful meeting of Arathorn and Gilraen is believable and charming, also a bit wistful. The characters live and breathe for a joyful evening outside of their rather sad fates. Nicely done!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

I've always been fond of Gilraen and greatly enjoyed this charming story about her. I always assumed she was called "The fair" because of her beauty, but why not because of her fairness? Gilraen here is portrayed as a very likeable young woman.

Reviewed by: Elfique -- Score: 2

This was really excellent and very surprising with a few unexpected little events throughout. Clever and highly enjoyable.