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Strength of a River  by Acacea 4 Review(s)
BranwynReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/12/2006
This lovely story is written as a series of short scenes where Faramir contemplates the nature of inner strength. Finduilas tells her sons that a river is patient yet unyielding and "'...there will come a time when the hardest stone will give way to its tirelessness. There is more to strength than size and hardiness.'" The dialogue between Faramir and his brother and mother is written with a deft touch, as are Faramir's childish impressions of the conversation.

I love the "fish story" about the giant, black fish that swam from Mirkwood to the Anduin. One of the rangers tells an incredulous audience, "'They have strange beasts there. Big, black squirrels and big, black fish.'" I also love how the author works in Faramir's prohobition against bloodsports, an edict which the men uphold because of their respect for their Captain if not because they agree in principle. Yet Faramir wisely recognizes that progress is being made, if slowly.

Faramir's remark that he will follow the path before him until it changes sounds very Zen-like to me. That strategy of yielding before and redirecting the strength of others is so very characteristic of him and it is perfecty suited to his partisan fight in Ithilien.

This is a story which is not only a lyrical joy to read but also leaves the reader with a great deal to think about.

maya_arReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/30/2004
Once again, I have to thank Lindorien for pointing me in the direction of good stories! Hi Acacea, I just discovered your stuff. This particular story is one of my favourites, for its subtle and lovely portrayal of Finduilas's influence on Faramir's life.

Author Reply: Hi Maya:)

Nice to meet you:)
Thanks for such a lovely review! Im so truly glad you enjoyed this one... it's one of my special babies:) Also glad to hear it comes out just the way I wanted it to!


bratprincessReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/28/2003
There really isn't enough fanfiction featuring the Rangers of Ithilien, or Fara with the rangers. It's a shame.

This was wonderful and so very thoughtful. Thank you.

Author Reply: Hi,

I'm delighted to hear you liked this, and especially that you like the Rangers in it. I've always wondered whether it may not be too introspective and thereby lacking entirely in plot devices of any kind, so your comments are particularly heartening.
Thanks for reading:)


daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/11/2003
Ah lovely! Faramir is such an intriguing character - gentle and strong and conflicted and wise. I really admire him and this is a beautiful portrait of him.

Author Reply: Hi Daw,
Thanks for the feedback. I'm delighted you liked this piece. Faramir certainly is a lovely character to write and read:)

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