Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Mathesis

Author: Dwimordene
Nominator: maranya14
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: What is it like to look at the world through Denethor's eyes? An illuminating view of the Steward's unique mind.


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 7

This drabble really appealed to the mathematician in me. Sorry to bore the people (like the author, perhaps!) less inclined to numbers, but there's an extra dimension to the world that Dwim captures remarkably well here. There's a natural order to things. I remember sitting in an ethics class spring semester with the windows opened (old building, no air), and hearing the construction workers building the new parking garage down the block laying the foundation. There was one da-dunk, three second break, another da-dunk, one second, and a third da-dunk, repeating that pattern on and on. It's little things like that that Denehtor seems to be seeing, hearing, feeling. The natural order, the search for patterns, the need to conform the world to something that can be understood. What a nice insight into his character for me -- and what a nice connection to one of Tolkien's character that I have a great personal affinity for.

Reviewed by: Azalais -- Score: 5

'Mathesis' was a revelation to me; a take on Denethor (who's something of a mystery to me) which, like many of Dwim's character studies, made such perfect sense that I always have to remind myself now that it's Dwim!verse rather than canon. The love of accuracy, precision, patterning; a genuine emotion and yet a reductive one, as music, for example, becomes "third, whole, sixth, ninth" and, apparently, nothing more. Nicely dismissive, at the end, of Mithrandir, Faramir's enthusiasm for him, and his subject - the messy, subjective, annoyingly human one of history - all in one go. Lovely work.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

Something about this drabble really stuck with me. Perhaps it's because this is the way that a good portion of my engineering family sees the world, and it explains a lot about Denethor. The subtleties of history and politics don't escape him, but he sees them as one might see a complex math problem. Which isn't a bad way to look at them, but I wonder if Denethor truly realizes the beauty inherent in the patterns and also in the almost random twists of fate. Great characterization.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

An interesting view of Deneothor. I liek the way it shows how differnt people see life in terms of different things. The contrasts you show here beteen Denethor and Faramir are very clever.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

An interesting look at one way in which Denethor's mind worked; possibly explaining a lot of things.