Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Price of Duty

Author: Wtiger
Nominator: Linda Hoyland
2011 Award Category: Post-Ring War and Beyond: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes
Summary: Faramir is once again plagued by a disturbing dream. Can he find the peace he so desperately needs? Set shortly after the events of ROTK. Originally written for the Teitho Contest: Finders Keepers.


Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 10

Tolkien does not tell us what Faramir thought about his father's attempt to burn him alive, but I for one, believe it must have had a profound effect upon the young man. It could be argued that Denethor wanted to save Faramir from being tortured by the enemy, but burning anyone to death is as slow and horrible a fate as anything Sauron could devise and shows just how much Sauron had warped Denethor's mind through his use of the palantir. I just loved this moving and fascinating story in which Faramir is haunted by dreams of his father's seath and can only be freed of his horrors by looking in his father's palantir, which holds its own horrors, the image of Denethor's withered hands. Bound into the young Steward's nightmares is another lost palantir,which only Faramir can find and to do so he must face up to his worse nightmares. I especially enjoyed the scenes between Aragorn and Faramir in his story and Aragorn's care and concern for the young man who is his Steward, the son of his once deadly rival. A touching story which shows the beginning of Aragorn and Faramir's friendship and how Faramir begins the journey to recovery from his horrific experiences during the war, helped both by Aragorn and his own inner strength

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 6

This is a well-plotted and extremely well-written story. There are h/c elements as Faramir suffers from recurring nightmares, and Aragorn, acting both as healer and as friend, comes to his aid. A major factor in the nightmares is Faramir's fear that he will not be able to do his duty by the new King. Wtiger does an excellent job of character writing, as she makes it clear that Aragorn is a different man from the late Denethor. Faramir also learns this, which is how their deep and abiding friendship begins. The secondary characters are also nicely written, and dialogue and descriptions alike are well done. In his determination to do his duty to his King, Faramir confronts his fears, and emerges a stronger man than ever. This story should not be missed, especially if one is a fan of either Faramir or Aragorn.

Reviewed by: Erulisse -- Score: 6

When vivid dreams of flames and his father plague Faramir, he resigns himself to speaking with Aragorn about them. His fears, that his newly formed friendship with his liege may be damaged by this occurrence, prove false, and through working with Aragorn, a plan of action is hatched involving use of Danathor's palantir. Faramir must bring his courage to the table as he undertakes to pull Denethor's palantir away from the horrific ending view of flames and death and pull it to his own use, yet, he manages to do so. The goal is to discover the location of a missing palantir near Minas Arnor. With a keen understanding of Faramir, appearances by Arwen and Beregond, and a need to rescue a palantir from the possible future possession of evil, this plot has it all. Additionally, it was well written and well paced. Recommended.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 4

Wtiger's The Price of Duty is a moving tale of finding absolution and friendship. In particular, I was very pleased with the author's choice to portray Faramir's relationship with Aragorn as initially tentative and unsure. I've never been a member of the group that believed the king and steward would become the best of friends immediately and without bumps in the road. So that for me was realistic and well-written.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 4

Faramir is still reeling from the revelation of his father's final madness and death, but the strange nightmares he has been having may hold a significance beyond ordinary horror and grief. Aragorn thinks that Faramir is being called to use his father's palantir for a certain important matter, and he believes Faramir has the essential sensitivity and force of will to do so. This story depicts a stage in Faramir's healing, and the beginnings of trust and friendship between a steward and his king. The ending does seem to beg a sequel...

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

In this story Faramir has another dream that leads to the place the missing Palantir is hidden. I like the developing friendship between Aragorn and Faramir. They don't know each other too well, and Aragorn's resemblance to Denethor makes it not easier for Faramir to trust him. But I think they made great progress.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 3

A nice story written for "Finders Keepers" challenge of Teitho contest, where it won second place. I like Wtiger's story and the characterization - Faramir tries all in his power to fulfill his duties.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 1

Poor Faramir! I am glad Aragorn is able to help and show him such concern and love.