Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Motherless

Author: Isabeau of Greenlea

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Prince Imrahil's family struggles to deal with the loss of their mother.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

Touching. You have a great story telling style. I love how you let me get to know Imrahil and his family, though he's sometimes just a name in the books. Boromir, what a soft heart. I loved it when he told Faramir and Imrahil that they didn't give him enough credit.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Well-written vignette exploring death and mourning. Imrahil has taken on a life he never had in the books in Isabeau's hands; we ache with him, and with his children as they begin to come to terms with the idea of life without Nimrien. The family dynamics among the four children, Imrahil, and Faramir are well portrayed: even though, with the exception of Faramir, these characters are basically names in the Appendix or six-line characters, each has a distinct personality and aspirations. Each deals differently with tragedy, and all strive to support each other through the loss. Faramir and Boromir get a scene together at the end, and are delightful, as always; I salute Boromir for his adroit maneuvering and political savvy. He usually does take second place to his brother in the field of politics and maneuvering, but not in this case, and despite the sad occasion, he provides a needed uplift with his humor. There's a certain fundamental sunniness to Isabeau's writing, and it shines through here, even in mourning, but in such a way that it's appropriate. Those who have enjoyed other fics featuring Imrahil should enjoy this one.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui -- Score: N/A

The detail and characterization in the story is wonderful. Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one will recognize his or her self in at least one of the characters, as they grieve for their fallen lady - mother/wife. The part I especially liked was the comparison of Imrahil's sons and nephews to black swans, also the way the boys comfort their younger sister. The image of the shiny people place was beautiful and so was the end, where Nimrien's spirit gazes one last time on those she loved.