Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Moment Away

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: annmarwalk
2008 Award Category: Races: Men: General Drabbles

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: True drabble - 100 words Faramir wandered in dark dreams, but where did Eowyn go before Aragorn called her back?

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

Moving and very unexpected. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Éowyn did not have to suffer some horrible vision or other, like I would have thought. I found this a wonderful idea, as my expectation only hightened the effect of the touching scene between Éowyn and Morwen. It shows a more vulnerable and softer side to Éowyn that seems to fit with her immediate mood before and after this moment. But though there is the touch of despair in it that she displays then, here she shows more resilience, and is given new courage that perhaps she can't immediately tap into once she awakens, but that nevertheless is there. It's a convincing take on where Éowyn might have inherited her strength - Morwen "Steelsheen" seems like a better fit than her mother Théodwyn. A moment for a strong queen to give good advice to her granddaughter the shieldmaiden, yet coupled with a deeply loving and caring feeling.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 4

I love the imagery of the warrior Dernhelm, cooly courting (and welcoming) a warrior's noble death, suddenly transformed into Eowyn, shieldmaiden and girlchild, seeking refuge and comfort for a moment in her beloved grandmother's arms. And that that comfort comes from another understanding and empathic warrior woman, Morwen of Lossarnach and Rohan, is a masterful stroke on the author's part! I particularly liked Morwen's advice, shieldmaiden to shieldmaiden: [“Never be ashamed of screaming......only be sure ‘tis worth screaming over.”] Wonderful!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This moment seemed strangely fitting for Eowyn - a woman's moment from the one who was warrior enough to be called "Steelsheen." I think this was precisely what Eowyn needed at this point in time, and I'm glad you thought to fill this gap - it was really very touching.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

This was a beautiful drabble answering the question where Eowyn went when suffering from the Black Breath. I loved the idea that she might have gone to see her grandmother in the afterlife.This was touching and well written.

Reviewed by: Avon -- Score: 3

A very sweet drabble. Its simplicity belies the depth of story it tells. I'd never even thought of this moment and now I have a perfect explanation given to me. It's a great portrait of Morwen, who I've always had a fondness for.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

She's been greeted by her grandmother and is telling her the tale, but is called back and must go. In ways disappointing, but in others--well, there's more to life, she'll find, than just killing the worst of enemies. A drabble to ponder.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

I've never seen this possibility explored - how fortunate for Eowyn, that she has such a strong grandmother there to catch her and stop the fall that nearly killed Faramir. Morwen's otherworldly, yet utterly homey, final line rounds out the drabble perfectly.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

I appreciate that you imagined Eowyn comforted in that dark place by another strong woman of her family, and that that woman encouraged her to return to life.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

What a touching notion, that Morwen Steelsheen would keep watch over her granddaughter at such a time!

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

sometimes a girl just needs these moments.

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 1

Thoughtful and evocative.