Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Room of Tears

Author: Elendiari22
Nominator: pearltook1
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Gondor - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: This is rather dark.
Summary: Pippin and Eowyn come across a forgotten room in the Citadel at Minas Tirith, and find a hidden message that will stay with them forever.


Reviewed by: pearltook1 -- Score: 7

This story is an absolute marvel! It weaves a tale as rich as a tapestry. What starts out with the light description of a bored hobbit and a bored Lady of Rohan trying to make the best of rainy days in Minas Tirith gradually shifts into an erie and heartrending tale. Everything sets the mood, everything fits perfectly into the shift in the stories atmosphere. Even, I think, the choice of characters, which are Eowyn and Pippin instead of the more accustomed Eowyn and Merry. The ending rings true as well with Pippin not wanting to leave what they have found in it's former place, and for his reason not to leave it. All building to the moral of the story shown by Eowyn and Pippin wishing above all else to spend the rest of the rainy day in the company of their kin and friends. I cry every time I read it!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

This ficlet later inspired the author to write a longer tale based on the same incident, but I love the way this can also stand on its own. There are not many stories pairing Eowyn and Pippin, yet this makes it very plausible--they are both young, impulsive and curious. Why not? And the little story that accompanies the hidden room is chilling and sad. Wonderful tale!

Reviewed by: pipkinsweetgrass -- Score: 2

I loved this story for the unconventional friend-pairing and the imagination it took to come up with the concept. I also loved the characterization, especially of Pippin. I found it highly introspective and thoughtfully done.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

A veyr chillig story, although somewhat unliekly seeming. I would havethought that someone would have found the room lon beofre then.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 2

This story still gives me the shivers, but in a good way. And the interaction between Eowyn and Pippin is a delight, in spite of the somber theme.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 1

This was a nicely written story, though overly sentimental and borrowed too heavily from "Possession."

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: 1

Yep. Dark. Very eerie too. I got thirsty, thinking about all the dust, and the empty pitcher. *shudder*

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 1

I really like this story - and where it leads.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 1

Interesting interlude. Certainly the scenario would resonate with Éowyn's experience of feeling caged.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 1

What a haunting story this was! It stayed with me a long time. Very realistically written.