Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

What Shall I Call You?

Author: Beloved of Aragorn
Nominator: Michelle
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Aragorn

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Action/battle violence; Thematic elements
Summary: Aragorn is a man of many names, but how did he come by so many? Spanning his lifetime, it becomes clear how he represents each name and title: Estel, Aragorn, Strider, Thorongil, Dunadan, Heir of Isildur, Elessar, and Envinyatar. Names of a mighty king...


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

A great look at Aragorn's different names and the different circumstances in which he earned those names. Each of his names seems to bring out something new in Aragorn, and though all his traits are similar, he's very adaptable and various situations have a way of highlighting different talents. This was also a great look at Aragorn's growth through the years. His goals are more or less the same and he's always looking forward to the future, but his means and strategies change over time. Character development is sometimes difficult to sustain in a story, but I think by linking into Aragorn's various names, a very natural development took place. Well done!

Reviewed by: Inzilbeth -- Score: 4

It's a shame I've only discovered this story right at the end of the reviewing season and don't have the time to read the whole story right the way through. In the little I've seem so far, it looks to be true to canon; something which is essential for a story of this nature. The device of using one of Aragorn's names as a theme for each chapter has been adopted before but Beloved of Aragorn appears to make it work extremely well here.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A very vivid glimpse of how Aragorn got his many names.A shame the Rangers are so little appreciated. I especially enjoyed the image of Aragorn almost brought in by the north wind. I just loved the way how you described how Aragorn had grown in greatness.It sent shivers down my spine

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf -- Score: 3

A well crafted story. The characterization of Halbarad is excellent. You do a fine job of establishing their history together. That Halbarad stood as his second while Aragorn fought for control of the Palantir makes perfect sense.