Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Long Tradition of Ancient Lore

Author: Elena Tiriel
Nominator: sulriel
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Pre-Quest Drabbles - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: "We in the house of Denethor know much ancient lore by long tradition..." (The Two Towers, "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit")


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 7

This drabble works on so many levels. First, Faramir is not stuffy. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. He isn't a nerd, he isn't interested in trivia for trivia's sake, he's just... normal. Then there's the fact that Denethor gets along with him. They display a more-or-less functional relationship here. Whether that will someday change is of course up for discussion, but for the moment at least they are father-and-son. And the fact that Faramir is interested in Rohirric history I think is telling in several ways. It foreshadows his later attraction for Eowyn, and his comment to Frodo at Henneth Annun of the Gondorians' love of the Rohirrim, but it also characterises him as distinct from his older brother.This is the sort of history that little boys might enjoy, but it's glory in personal triumph, not glory on the battle field. All in all a very nice drabble.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

Denethor's a sly one. I love the way he sparked Faramir's interest by expanding history to include more than just rote memorization. I wonder if he'll regret it later when Faramir decides to expand his understanding where Gandalf is concerned. Or the Ring. But for the moment, this was a wonderfully touching little drabble between father and son before the relationship soured. Loved it.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 4

Great to see a non-studious small Faramir -- a rarity in the fandom! -- and a kindly yet still wily Denethor using underhand tactics tempting his son into taking an interest in dull history. Also, given we know Faramir is Tolkienís alter ego and given Tolkien had an obsession with dragons as a child himself, this is a nice parallel! A nicely constructed scene handled primarily through dialogue.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 3

I am becoming more and more fond of Denethor and part of the reason is that I am reading great drabbles about him. I really like seeing Denethor here as auch a wonderful father. And of course I love seeing how he is making history come alive for his son (since I do historical reenactments myself). This is a wonderful piece.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

I don't read a much Faramir and even less Denethor, but this captured perfectly my own sons. No desire for dry history, but throw in a hero and a dragon, or a viking or an indian and suddenly it is fun.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 2

A great little slice of young Faramir's education! I can just hear him begging his father to let him read the book; history isn't so dull when there are dragons in it...

Reviewed by: picara -- Score: 2

I loved seeing Good Father!Denethor as opposed to hateful Father!Denethor of the movies. And what a good teacher he would be! Very well done.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

This is a lovely scene, sounding easy and nicely paced - not a rushed or crammed drabble. A good relationship between Faramir and Denethor is a welcome bonus.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 1

A clever means of demonstrating that history is not nearly so boring as young minds make it.