Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Another Name

Author: Elana
Nominator: Elana
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Men: Drabble - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Aragorn recieves one of his many names.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 7

This drabble deals with the age-old question of whether the ends justifies the mean (though perhaps the author would not frame the question that way), but with a twist. Usually an ends vs. means debate circles around whether it is right to hurt others to serve some greater end; here the question is whether it is worthwhile to harm yourself. And I think Strider (Aragorn, Estel, Thorongil, whomever ;-P) has the right end of the stick: if he told Barliman and the rest of the Breelanders what he did in the Wild, that sacrifice would be less worthy. Perhaps the Breelanders would preserve their safety, but not their innocence. It's wonderful to think that the decision to take the surname "Telcontar" -- which would be his offspring's identity, perhaps the one thing he could give them -- came from the fact that he was willing to give up his own pride for the innocence of those he served. An interesting point.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 3

I loved the way that Aragorn not only accepted his new name but was also able to take meaning from a title that was probably given in derision. It says quite a bit about the man and how he's always looking a bit further than most people, seeing double meanings and portents. Nice elaboration on the name "Strider." It is an apt description in many ways.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 3

Long-shanks they called him, and many other names, but never the right one. I wonder, but I am sure the common folk would have quaked in their boots to know who he was. I love the image the movies gave us, of him sitting in the corner, hooded, smoking his pipe.

Reviewed by: Leaward -- Score: 2

Strider in Bree ... and his view of things. I like this, it keeps that mysterious air that he and the other Rangers had set up. Longshanks for long leagues. But that's neither east nor west as folks say. ;) A lovely drabble, thanks, Elana.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

A rather clever scene. I like the way that he picks upp the name and takes it on.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

Very nice drabble. I can easily see the Ranger, watching and listening, and taking the words to heart.