Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Ambush in Ithilien

Author: Elena Tiriel
Nominator: sulriel
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: During the disastrous Battle against the Wainriders at the Morannon in III 1944, King Ondoher of Gondor and both his sons Artamir and Faramir (who sneaked away to join the battle in disguise) were slain. His sister-son Minohtar also fell as he led the rearguard defense of the retreating army. These events are on the mind of another Faramir in 3019 as he and his Ithilien Rangers prepare to ambush Haradrim warriors marching to Mordor along the same road.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 6

This is a beautifully constructed drabble providing an elegant connection between the events of two battles separated by more than a thousand years. The sense of being poised on the edge of battle is palpable, and it seems very in character for Faramir to make connections with the past even as he prepares for the immediate action. One thing I have discovered about Elena Tiriel’s drabbles is that there is always at least one outstanding phrase in each of them. In this drabble, it is “the sanguine horde crowd heedlessly”: there are so many shades of meaning in sanguine that all fit perfectly in this context. Well done!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

Don't think for a moment, E.T., that your reference to Gondor staggering but not falling slipped past me. Lovely way of working in a book quote (and one of my favourite speeches in the books, incidentally). I loved so much about this, but mostly the physcial details. Red-clad and red-bannered for the Southrons coupled with the crimson slaughter -- brilliant comparison. Really, all-around it is a very good drabble.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 3

I can definitely see Faramir reminiscing on historical events just before he gives the signal to attack. That seems very like him, and I can also see him wondering if history will play itself out again. Or learning from history specifically so that it does NOT repeat itself. Great glimpse into the mind of one of my favorite captains of Gondor.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 3

I love how you weave the past and the present moment together in this to show how this area has been disputed for so many centuries. I can really feel how Faramir is feelings. And I like this: Our longbows creak under the strain. Such a simple but effective way to show the action.

Reviewed by: Leaward -- Score: 3

Under all the weight of the LOTR we forget that battles had been fought for generations on those lands.It was interesting to realize that this took place hundreds of years before. Oh, and I found the author's note as interesting as the drabble! I love research like that!

Reviewed by: Azalais -- Score: 3

Faramir shares Elena Tiriel's love of history to good effect here. I particularly like "Gondor staggered, but did not fall" - I suspect not only the longbows are creaking under the strain, and Faramir needs to call on all the reassurance history can give him.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

So heartbreaking, this brief glimpse into history. How terribly tragic. I'm struck again by the depth of what JRR Tolkien gave us, that something so rich could come from the tidbits of his histories.

Reviewed by: picara -- Score: 2

Very cool contrast between the two Faramirs. He must have made that connection as he fought in that region at some point. And you wrote this well. I liked it!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 1

Nice juxtaposition of the two Faramirs. It might be nice to see a longer exploration of their similarities.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

A clever drabble. The way you compare these two scenes is very interesting.