Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Sea Longing

Author: EdorasLass
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor - Second Place

Story Type: Vignette : Length: N/A
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: adult themes, character death
Summary: The governess of Boromir and Faramir, a woman from Dol Amroth, considers her homesickness, and that of Finduilas. (Vignette)

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

It's often the outsider who sees most clearly, and I love the idea that this woman Finduilas has charged with rearing her children has realized something that no one else seems to have realized. Or if they have, they aren't doing or saying anything about it. And being from Dol Amroth herself, I love the unique perspective she has on Minas Tirith. Her comparison, using primarily sound, was fascinating, and I loved seeing what things she picked out to emphasize as differences. It shows what was valued back in Belfalas and what Finduilas might be missing most. Boromir and Faramir were also brilliantly characterized, and I loved the touches of humor, such as the fact that her mother can keep track of their relationship to the Prince. But even that was somewhat sobering in the end, as it seems her mother is more set on reassuring her of her position than in reassuring her. Great vignette and great look at what Finduilas might have experienced.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 6

A brief, lovely vision of two small boys and the woman who lavishes all her love and care upon them. EdorasLass’s details are perfect – it’s very clear she is a woman who knows and loves small children, and she brings Boromir and Faramir to mischievous, irrepressible life as no other author does. Other details – Finduilas’s elfish blood contributing to her decline; the contrast of sea-kissed Dol Amroth to the impervious Minas Tirith(“The White City is stone -- hard, cold, unyielding. It seems to have no scent of its own…”) are imaginatively and expressively written, with great affection for each character and feature. The original character of the Governess is well drawn, realistic, and very engaging – as far from a Mary-Sue as can be imagined. Very well done!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

A very intimate portrait of Finduilas' affliction, if at one remove. The governess' voice is well drawn, I think, able to range over all that is needed to complete this portrait of Finduilas' suffering. Boromir and Faramir are briefly if nicely drawn, in one of their brotherly quarrels, but also in their calmer and more inquisitive moments. Those who struggle with Tolkien's maddeningly enigmatic account of Finduilas' demise will surely enjoy this.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

Very interesting piece! Finduilas's fading is something I've thought about a great deal myself, but this is one reason I never would have thought of. Sometimes I think this fandom makes too much use of the elven blood that runs through the line of the princes of Dol Amroth, but here it was used to well effect; it fitted this piece's melancholy quiet very well. Good job!

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 3

A well told and interesting tale. I like the way you characterise the original character in this and have her telling it. This makes it a very clear and understandable viewpoint and you manage to keep the tale within this very easily. The way you show Faramir and Boromir is also clever and overall this is a very nice tale.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 2

One of the better explanations for Finduilas' decline and eventual death...and a charming, atypical but quite credible characterization of Boromir and Faramir as young children.