Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Wait for me - Eowyn

Author: elanor_of_aquitania
Nominator: Thundera Tiger
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Poetry - Second Place

Story Type: Poem : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: NA
Summary: Faramir tries to cope with Eowyn's death.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

When I first stumbled upon this poem, I was completely blown away. It's a brilliant use of the form seen in Tolkien's poem "The Lay of the Children of Hurin," and it might just be done even better. By virtue of its structure, you can read at least three different poems out of it, and I'm sure there's more to be found if I had more experience dissecting poetry. The lines on the right remind me most of Gondor as Faramir contrasts light and dark and talks of shadows and high-mindedness. The lines on the left remind me of Rohan, where it speaks of reaching and flying unfettered. The two sides together seem to form a more complete poem, much like the union between Faramir and Eowyn. And though this poem is dark, there seems to be a hopefulness about it as Faramir tells Eowyn to wait. Very moving and very layered. Quite possibly the best way to depict the relationship between this unusual couple.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 4

I thought this was a wonderful story. It hit all the marks - scene setting, characterizations, realistic situations - with a good bit more. There were some lovely details - the idea that Finduilas would go to the Ocean for the summer and her family as so many of us do; that Boromir would be so quick to learn even if not in the area of languages; that Denethor was loving with his wife and stern with his sons, and have to work late at home.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 4

This form is unusual and well done. I had to read it through several times to get a proper feel for the breaks, but the pauses are an integral part of a poem, just as the empty space around a sculpture is an important element of the whole. It is well balanced in the style of expression, moving left to right and the pauses, for me, worked as an emotional stutter which lends even greater depth to the heartfelt words. Very good.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 3

oh gosh, I've broken so many of my old 'rules of reading' during this year's MEFAs. - poetry was one of them, and I find yet another poem that touches me. I like the unusual style and meter of this one. - and the pain Faramir must know with his Numenorian gift of long life.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

I'm not sure I grasp the function of the poem's form, but one can imagine Faramir finding comfort in the thought that his wife will keep a watch for him beyond death.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting use of the form to make a moving poem.