Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To Ride, To Will, To Fear

Author: Ellethill
Nominator: Linda Hoyland
2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Post-Sauron's Fall

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Medium Length
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: implied disturbing topics
Summary: Before they are wed, Faramir and Eowyn take a ride in Ithilien and she is captured by a band of rogues. It's up to Faramir, Eomer and Aragorn to see her back to safety

Reviewed by: Nienor Niniel -- Score: 10

This is an amazing story. It has quite a simple premise: someone is captured, and others must free this person. Yet the plot grows very complex due to the relationships of the characters involved. The story plays on the fact that many people, including himself, underestimate Faramir. Here, the same is true for Éomer, who draws his own (wrong) conclusions on Faramir's guilt after a bad thing has happened to Éowyn. When the truth and Faramir's true valour are revealed, it is almost too late to save him. We see that Faramir is a very brave man who, when driven to it, completely ignores his safety and his own life to do what he feels he has to do. We also get an insight in Éowyn's character: her courage on the one hand, the way she deals with fear and desperation on the other hand. Aragorn is also in character, at least as I perceive him: he realises that stopping Faramir from what he is about to do out of concern for him would not do him any good. So he acts against his instincts in order to respect Faramir's wishes. I like the writing style of the piece: it relates well to Tolkien's, without seeming like an imitation. All in all, this is a great story in which all the characters are indeed in character and which is very gripping.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 5

This is a most unusual story written in the style of an ancient epic.It gripped me from start to finish and lingered in my mind from amongst the many stories I read. It tells of Eowyn's abduction and rescue,while another theme is how Faramir wins the respect of both Aragorn and Eomer who previously had harboured some reservations about what manner of a man he was.By the end of the story, both come to realise his true worth and Faramir and Eowyn realise just how much they love one another. The language of this story has a unique beauty and poetry.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 5

I like this story - both the subject matter and the rhythm of the writing. Faramir shows the dogged courage I would expect of him - while Eowyn has the gallant courage of the Shield Maiden. Eomer, too - angry and defensive, while Aragorn is more balanced. It's a very stupid bunch of villains who would come up against them all - a group of lackwits who would deserve all they got! And I'm glad that, in the end, Faramir received medical aid and that he and Eowyn were able to spend time together. The establishment of a tradition that owed its origins to a rather more terrifying incident is - I suppose - romantic!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

This angsty tale is a worthy edition to F/E fanfiction. In it, the betrothed Eowyn and Faramir are ambushed by bandits, and risk all to save each other - Eowyn hazards her honor to save Faramir's life, Faramir risks his life to save Eowyn. The characters, including Aragorn and Eomer, interact in various stages of credible desperation. The writer skillfully builds up the dramatic tension. Especially good characterisation of Aragorn here, but all four protagonists are well served.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

I was very impressed with this story. Eowyn, Faramir, Aragorn and Eomer were all very much in character, as the author maintained the high epic tone JRRT used in the latter part of RotK. I loved the larger than life endurance and bravery Faramir showed, and Eowyn's determination. The only thing I wish is that we had learned a bit more about the villain. But this was a very *good* story!

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This story has an epic feel to it. The language flows in an old fashioned way, which gives it a similar feel to Tolkien's writing. I like the way Faramir gains the respect of Aragorn and especially Eomer who really underestimates his sisters betrothed. But I think he can be excused since he barely knows Faramir.