Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Made to Suffer

Author: Clairon/Raksha the Demon CoAuthors
Nominator: Branwyn
2005 Award Category: Genres: Adventure: Long Form

Story Type: Story : Length: Novella
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: violence
Summary: Sequel to ‘Come to Harm,’ where Faramir risks all to regain his honour………The events occur seven years after those described in ‘Come to Harm’, which was set some years after the end of the War of the Ring.


Reviewed by: Branwyn -- Score: 10

The tale is continued that was begun in “Come to Harm.” With Grima’s less than enthusiastic help, Saruman plots against the White Throne. Though Wormtongue is truly loathsome, the writers are careful to give him moments of insight and rational behavior that keep him from becoming a cartoonish villain. Dialogue is well-paced, in character, and often witty. Aragorn describes Legolas and Gimli as a pair of quarrelsome but “very strong and deadly children”! The fight scenes are very well-written; the action is easy to visualize and seems realistic. There is a wonderful brawl in a stairwell. The writers add a touch of world-weariness to Aragorn’s wisdom, and Faramir’s personality is grittier than in some fanfics. I like how Eowyn, a middle-aged wife and mother, eventually decides that she cannot rely on the experts (her King and his soldiery) to save the day. Even the bit players—Anborn, Beregond, an innkeeper—are drawn with a deft hand. The dialogue and actions of the children are very realistic and often funny--no doubt at least one of the writers has spent a great deal of time around youngsters! The characters of Faramir’s teen-aged sons and Aragorn’s son are very believable as they sometimes behave like grown men and sometimes behave like children. I love Eldarion’s hero-worship of Faramir. These two writers have conspired to produce an exciting tale of intrigue and betrayal.