Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Farewell

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: Pearl Took
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Final Partings

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Angered by Boromir's taking of the Quest, Faramir prepares to return to Henneth-Annun.


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 10

I truly cannot describe how deeply this story touches me. I am amazed at the insight the author Agape4gondor brings to the relationship between the brothers Boromir and Faramir. Many tales have been written about the parting between them, as Boromir sets out upon the quest that was the end result of the dream Faramir and he shared. But this particular tale of that parting ranks among the best of them! It is poignant as a farewell between brothers should be, but it is also stirring to the heart as Boromir speaks strongly of his intentions and his purpose. I am very much impressed with Boromir here, for he is set in his heart and his mind for the journey, and yet he can also still look ahead to what his brother will be facing with Boromir gone. Even as Boromir gives his brother counsel on how to face that which lies ahead, he also prevents him from speaking those words that will lessen his resolve in going, and also undermine Faramirís own confidence in himself. I love so much their last night together, and Boromirís tender parting from Faramir. It is sad in a way, because one feels that Boromir already has a sense of what is to come, and yet it is ultimately loving and comforting Ė everything a farewell should be among kin who know not when they will see one another again. I weep every time I read this tale, because it is that beautiful!

Reviewed by: Pearl Took -- Score: 5

A deeply moving look at the relationship of Boromir and Faramir. Tolkien makes it clear that there was deep love between the brothers, it is also clear that the vision about seeking the sword that was broken was Faramir's, yet Boromir is given the task of seeking Imladris and the answers. This story deals with the feelings both brother's have over this turn of events and how Boromir sees them and their father in the coming time of peril. Both brothers fear that they will never see each other again and that too is part of the burden being shared here, how do you say good bye when it might very well be for the last time. Agape has shown her usual deep and loving relationship with these two men of Gondor.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 4

This is a heartfelt farewell between Boromir and Faramir. I loved the image of the brothers sharing Faramir's bedroll for comfort and the comparison to the time after their mother's death. I love Boromir's acknowledgment of Faramir's vision in the subtle change of his words and his nearly prophetic plea to Faramir not to fall with Denethor but to save himself. Knowing how the story ends makes this even more poignant.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

So many read of Denethor and see him as almost too arrogant to bear and possibly abusive toward his younger son. Agape doesn't do this, seeing much of the final estrangement between Denethor and Faramir as the result of prolonged stress. A well crafted tale of [Farewell] as Boromir, realizing his brother may have foreseen his death if he accepts the quest for Imladris and the Sword that was Broken, comes to speak one last time with Faramir. A gentle tale of acceptance and familial love.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A tribute to brotherly love, as the sons of Denethor prepare for the parting that will be forever. Boromir's attempt to protect his brother by giving him good advice will surely please fans of Denethor's firstborn. The ending is gently poignant. A nice addition to stories about the Brothers Mir...

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A heartrending farewell for Boromir and Faramir .The two brothers are prepared to argue over Boromir taking the quest, but as foresight tells them he will never return they savour their last moments together.This story should carry a tissue warning. I liked it very much.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

It's nice to see this moment examined. I have always thought that Boromir must felt the quest for Rivendell vital considering all the concerns he left behind.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

how can you say i believe in what you see, but am afraid if i step aside fate will be worse for you? just exactly this way.