Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To look out upon life

Author: Cairistiona
Nominator: Inzilbeth
2010 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Drabble Series

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 5-drabble ficlet writen for an OAA prompt, complete. A small ficlet composed of five connected drabbles, following the life of a Man in Middle-earth. Originally written for the OAA prompt "Windows".


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 8

Before saying anything else, I have to cackle madly at the name[Wohir] from the first drabble. As for the real review, Cairistiona takes five drabbles of Aragorn's life and ties them together in ways both subtle and not so subtle. I particularly enjoyed the refrain of ["It's not fair"] morphing into musings on how Arwen's face was [so fair]. It's one of the most ingenious ways I've ever seen of linking moments of an individual's life. Instead of feeling as though we're jumping through time, it all feels connected and the differences become character growth. Speaking of character, there's some lovely bit of characterization for Aragorn, particularly in the last drabble as the realization of an unlikely possibility brings with it both joy and grief. The quiet mourning for Halbarad was touching and sober, and I love that it was shared by both Aragorn and Arwen. But my favorite moment in these drabbles came not from Aragorn but from Gandalf as he differentiated [likely] from [possible]. For Gandalf, hope was also possible, even if it was only a glimmer on the horizon. Beautifully done!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Cairistiona has given us a series of drabbles, each starting with Aragorn looking out from a window. The child Estel looks down upon his Elvish brothers; the boy watches them again in envy; the youth ponders the light of stars in comparison to the eyes of the one who has stirred his heart; the Man worries whether he can help a Hobbit find his way to desperate lands; the warrior watches his friend die at his side; the King sees the glory of peace but mourns those lost to win it. Each is a jewel in its own right; together they form a necklet fit for a Queen to wear about her fair neck. Beautifully wrought.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 3

What a lovely set of drabbles with their central theme of Aragorn, from childhood to kingship, looking down from windows. Each one complete in itself, but strung together the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Excellent stuff.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

In five drabbles Cairistiona takes us through key moments in Aragorn's life, each liked to the next by a key word. Beautifully written, these little scenes are vivid and touching. Very well done!

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 3

Five drabbles through a man's life---but why stop with the marriage? There's still a hundred twenty years to go! I liked the last one best, because, of course, I am a fanatical Halbarad fan.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 3

Wonderful series, describing five moments in Aragorn's life. I have a feeling that, going towards the end, each next drabble becomes better. The end is sad, but so touching and beautiful.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 2

A delightful series featuring moments in life when Aragorn looked out of windows from his childhood to when he becomes King.