Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Beregond's Prayer standing on watch

Author: elanor_of_aquitania
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Poetry

Story Type: Poem : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: Poem on Beregond, Bergil, and "Courage under fire". This poem was written after an HA discussion with Dwimordene about "Courage under Fire" with respect to Aristotle's notion of a "fine death in war".

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

Fascinating poem. I very much enjoyed the three divisions of men into fickle, mortal, and frail. And I like the order in which they come. Beregond's concern for Bergil should obviously be first, then he is concerned with mortality and other individuals involved in the fight, and then he seems to be concerned with those still fighting as they try to keep Gondor safe. It starts narrow and then broadens until it's a prayer for all of them. The structure is very fun, too, as snippets of smaller poems emerge thanks to the break in the lines. And these smaller poems seem to be very telling of Beregond's emotions.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

A very touching poem, as Beregond thinks of his young son, imperiled there with him in the city.