Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Influence of Kindred Desires

Author: Tanaqui

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Faramir and Éowyn - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: R -- Reason for Rating: sexual situations
Summary: The Steward of Gondor and the White Lady of Rohan are to be married. The right ceremonies must be performed in the right way. But Faramir and Eowyn have a few rituals of their own to conduct.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

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

Oh yes, at the end of a good book, I always want to ask, but what happened after that? I was glad to read some of what 'after' was here. Faramir and Eowyn are my favorite couple from the books. You did a great job showing them and their love for one another. Well done!

Reviewed by: Lady Aranel -- Score: N/A

Weddings. Pomp and circumstance and nobles and guests, oh my! Tanaqui has done it again, she's gone believably where few have gone before. These are the events surrounding Faramir and Eowyn's wedding and the full gambit of emotions that all of that implies. Aragorn's appearance here as councilor and trusted friend amazed me, as Tanaqui is more known for her writing of the younger Steward than the King. However, Aragorn was spot on. I could picture him perfectly. Faramir's uncertainty is endearing and makes me wish I was as lucky as Eowyn! Tanaqui fleshes out Elphir and Erchirion well as members of the wedding party and makes them believable. A cast of other lesser known characters make appearances as well, an undertaking that should daunt the most experienced writer, but Tanaqui has done it with confidence and aplomb. They are all as I would picture them and I'm never left to wonder if they really *would* say this or do that. The wedding scene was done well, a lesser gifter writer could have bored the reader to tears here, but Tanaqui keeps me interested and wanting to see how it will unfold. The forging of a sword by Gimli and a sheath by Legolas as Faramir's wedding gift from Eowyn was a touching and fitting tribute, and one that made my heart go, "yes!" :-) And then there is the wedding night itself... humor filled as Faramir's cousins tend to his undressing and then as Faramir and Eowyn discover each other in bed it is tender, touching and filled with desire and love.. as well as some not so perfect moments. Very realistic and yet still very erotic. Well done!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: N/A

Here Tanaqui continues her arc of stories about Faramir's and Éowyn's relationship, and one can see them growing together as they heal from their psychological and physical wounds. We see that here: their wounds are healing, but the hurt lingers. I cannot imagine that, if Tanaqui had changed a few proper nouns, I can see this story as involving any other lead couple: the characterizations are distinct and oh-so-Tolkien.As enjoyable as the private ceremonies were, for me the truly fascinating part was the more public ones. (Though that image of Faramir's "paying homage" is quite titillating.) Aragorn of course stole the show, and his interaction with Faramir was spot on. And I had to laugh at Faramir's embarrassment when discussing his "plight" with Elphir - and at his increased confidence later, when Elphir reminds him of the conversation. The many ceremonies were touching, but they also rung true: the ceremonies had a touch of historical realism, and the political implications of the match were clearly felt, everything from the need for a marriage by proxy to Hild, to the Rangers' not providing the honour guard, to the concession that the Rohirric ceremony would be conducted in the common tongue.I can very well see this as a story out of canon, if Tolkien had recorded the Fourth Age (except of course, Tolkien being Tolkien, he would have "faded to black" a lot sooner!) - the characterizations, little details, and historical realism are just so thoroughly planned out.

Reviewed by: Elanor -- Score: N/A

A well crafted erotic story with a feeling of Movie!LoTR, somehow too modern as to agree with Tolkien's LoTR. But in the milieu of Movie!LoTR I see it working well with respect to speech, customs, and rites, all rather pointing to modern cast Middle ages than to timeless antiquity. Though the quilt gifted by Peregrin has a decidedly U.S. American quality. Why are the blessings of the Valar invoked and not those of Eru ? The love-making itself (in the second part encompassing many enlightened words) feels very modern as the goal is to satisfy equally the female part involved. Thus, as an erotic story it works very well.