Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

On a Stormy Night

Author: Ellynn
Nominator: Linaewen
2011 Award Category: Drama: Featuring Aragorn - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: While looking for a shelter on a stormy night, during a hunting trip, Aragorn and Faramir stumble upon a family in a dire need of help. Written for May Teitho contest: "Names".


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 8

This is another beautiful story from the pen of Ellyn. In this tale, we accompany Aragorn and Faramir as they go hunting together in Southern Ithilien, but run into trouble when they are caught in a storm. In seeking shelter from the driving rain, they unexpectedly become involved in aiding a woman who is struggling in a difficult and life-threatening child birthing. Ellyn is a master at descriptive details; the storm is written so powerfully, the reader feels as cold and as wet as both Aragorn and Faramir are in the story! The fear of the family as they work to ease the pain of the woman Haleth is palpable, and one senses strongly Aragorn's fear as well, along with his strong desire to succeed in healing even though he only knows what to do through what he has heard from Master Elrond, and not from actual experience. I find it fascinating yet also commendable that Aragorn is reluctant to say who he is or share his real name with the grateful family, and the name he does give at the end to serve as the newly born child's name is a very touching surprise.

-- Thank you SO much! You put a big smile on my face with your generous review.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

An intensely written story of Aragorn as a healer. Ellynn sets the familiar backdrop of a stormy night, but the real danger hovers over a family that Aragorn and Faramir find by chance, as they are seeking shelter from the storm. I really liked the way Ellynn wrote Aragorn as a healer in a situation that was over his head, but had him find a way to help an exhausted woman in childbirth with a poorly positioned unborn child. That's where the suspense builds, and the reader does wonder, can he do it? Can the woman manage another push? Elrond's training and Aragorn's own special gift, and Faramir's support all tilt the balance, but it is not an easy victory. And I loved the ending.

-- Thanks so much for the review. I am glad I managed to build the suspense in the story. :)

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 5

I love writing stories about Aragorn and Faramir having adventures and helping people so it was nice to find one to read! I personally don't imagine Aragorn as having had much chance to learn about childbirth,and always write him as insisting such matters are the preserve of midwives, but as Tolkien doesn't tell us either interpretation could be equally valid. This story was written for Teitho and Ellyn certainly folled me as I'd never have guessed it was hers. I especially enjoyed Aragorn's kindness to poor folk in need and his obvious bond with Faramir and his choice of a name was my favourite part of the story.

-- I also don't think that Aragorn was an expert concerning childbirth, but he surely did know something; so he did his best, and even more, to help the woman who needed him. I am glad you like this, thank you for your kind words. *hugs*

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 5

Dear Ellynn, I’ve read so many “Aragorn and Faramir Take a Break From Their Duties And Get Themselves Into Trouble” stories that I hope I will be excused for initially expecting not very much of this one, But I should have known better, because you do excel at the unexpected ending. Yes, we get the storm, und the shelter and the family of strangers, but what this eventually turns into is Aragorn taking the opportunity – and entirely unexpected opportunity – to create a unique memorial to Halbarad by naming the new baby after him. That was a touching and breathtaking moment and certainly one that took me by surprise. Very well done.

-- No need to appologize - yes, there really are *many* “Aragorn and Faramir Take a Break From Their Duties And Get Themselves Into Trouble” stories. But I'm glad I managed to surprise you. Thank you for your kind review, dear. :)

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 4

This is a tale written for a Teitho challenge - I hope it did well, as it is well written and seems to be well researched. Aragorn and Faramir arrive, seeking shelter, at the very house where Aragorn's healing skills are most needed. The description of him trying to deliver a baby, who is in facial presentation, to an exhausted mother has just enough detail, and enough sense of urgency, to make good reading - and the final line is a real 'lump in the throat' one.

-- Yep, I did some research, and mostly it was a friend of mine, a student of medicine, who was the biggest help and advisor. I am happy you like this, and as I said to Dreamflower, the last line is my favorite part too. :)

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

This story is good in that it shows the dedication Aragorn/Elessar and Faramir have for the people of Gondor. It is well written, accurate without being too graphic, and with a slightly surprising ending.

-- Thanks for the review!

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 3

Aragorn once more shows the great king he is - humble and caring for his people. Love his words doing the pushing for the baby. We can get such strength we would not have otherwise when we are doing something seemingly too difficult for the sake of some other loved one. Love most Faramir's help also which shows his glory as well. They make a good team!

-- Thank you for the review, I am glad you like this. :)

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 2

This is such a sweet story. Aragorn can shine in this situation. I loved the solution for the request the young father came up with. I was surprised, but the name fits perfectly.

-- Thank you - I am glad you like the end so much. :)

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A very tidy little ghost story in which Aragorn and Faramir find themselves unwitting participants, the best part is the ending.

-- I am glad you like the end - it is my favorite part too. :)