Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Sing of Eowyn

Author: elanor_of_aquitania
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Poetry - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Poem : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Praise of Éowyn by a Rohirric poet at the court of Emyn Arnen.

Reviewed by: Chathol-linn -- Score: 6

I liked so many features of this poem. First, it praises Eowyn, whom I view as a heroine of the ages. I love works that show her in a positive light. The structure of the poem follows the alliterative style closely enough to seem authentically Rohirric, and the content sounds just like something a court bard would sing. I enjoyed the device of presenting this as a documented work of literature, as if the piece were taken from a textbook on literature or history. I found my self curious about the life and times of the poet. Last but not least, I loved the names. The author took some trouble to find unique and appropriate names. Probably she knows Old English very well. Good job!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

I really like the contrasts this poem brings out. Warrior and healer, light and dark, shieldmaiden and wife, etc. Eowyn is strange creature, and by paying tribute to many of her conflicting traits, the poet does a good job of showing the complex and layered woman that Eowyn became in the end. The form separates out a lot of the contrasts, too, with Ithilien being a promiment feature on one side and Rohan on the other. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

An interesting poetry form. The notes and history of this poem are very interesting. The way you weave this in is very clever and adds a whole nother level to the poem.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

The language is pleasantly archaic without being too mysterious. Well conceived and the construction is as interesting as the content. Well done.