Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Spartan Letters

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Lord of the Rings

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Some have questioned why Denethor's spirit was broken so swiftly when Faramir was brought back wounded from the route of the Pelennor.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

Faramir and Denethor are one of the saddest themes in the book for me.You let them show some of the regrets for 'what might have been.'

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

Layers upon layers, despite the fact that these letters are "Spartan." Even the first one seemed devoid of any real substance, though there was plenty to read between the lines. And though the second letter was much shorter, it spoke much louder. The words themselves didn't say much. The message, did, though. And that's what makes this fic so impressive. It's not the words. It's the meaning behind the words, and it takes a talented author to make that message speak from behind the veil of what the characters are saying (or writing, as is the case here). Great angst, and I really wouldn't want to be near Denethor when he opened the letter beside his dying son.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

That was short enough for a second read, and I'm glad I took the time. Faramir's first letter is heart-wrenching, as tragic as his part in LOTR as Tolkien wrote it. And then when he throws it into the fire.! I know that feeling. I've written my mother a letter. Though I never send it, I can't bring myself to destroy it. Faramir does and I feel it's tragic he did so. Only then we get the second letter, the one he didn't destory, and it is so much more heart-wrenching for the fewer words. Beautifully done, Dwimordene. Another symphony for your repertoire.