Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Soldier's Luck

Author: Branwyn
Nominator: Raksha the Demon
2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Steward's Sons Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A drabble about Faramir and the nature of luck.


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

Well-written drabble that paints a credible, accurate picture of Faramir as a soldier so capably prepared that his luck is almost assured. The writer knows well this milieu of pre-technological arms and the man, and the description of Faramir's care of his bow seems spot-on in its integrity. Good nod to Faramir's skill as a strategy, and his attitude towards his men - as much as is in his power, he tries to guard their lives from needless waste, as well as assure their success in dangerous missions. And all that comes across in a mere 100 words!

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 4

What a wonderful illustration of the difference between “luck” and “skill”! It reminds me of the old adage: “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” What his superstitious troops choose to call “luck” is actually Faramir’s knowledge, skill, experience, and intuition all carefully woven into the matrix of command. Just as you have woven so much that is thought-provoking into only 100 words.

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 3

'Luck' indeed. I especially love this oh-so-very-much in-character view of Faramir. Thoughtful, careful and precise - I can easily visualize him in my mind as I read the things you write him doing.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

Soldiers may believe in luck, but as this drabble shows, Faramir's fortune in battle has solid planning behind it. No detail is left unconsidered, weapons are cared for, men tested and carefully selected. Good fortune bows to the Boy Scout's motto of being ever prepared.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

A very good illustration of the old saying that we make our own luck. Certainly, Faramir was just as lucky as careful thought and thorough preparation could make him. I really like this view of Faramir!

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

An insightful meditation on how Faramir makes his own luck. I love the way Branwyn has strongly endowed a sense of care and craftsmanship in every aspect of his work in the way she describes Faramir's actions. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Jenn_Calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting reflection on how Faramir shapes his luck.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 1

Yes - the kind of luck that gets better the harder he works. Good for Faramir.