Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

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Author: annmarwalk
Nominator: Marta
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Boromir or Faramir - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: M/M sexual activity (implied)
Summary: “ ‘…almost I should have said that she was tempting us, and offering what she pretended to have the power to give. It need not be said that I refused to listen. The men of Minas Tirith are true to their word.’ But what he thought that the Lady had offered him Boromir did not tell.”


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 8

In FOTR, the Fellowship's discussion of the temptation that Galadriel appears to have offered everyone gets a rather vocal rebuff from Boromir. Nevertheless, the reader is left with the notion that on some level, the fantasy has sunk in - the desire for the power to save Gondor has taken hold. In the absence of proof of the senses that he can trust where the Ring's nature is concerned, Boromir has no real ground for rejecting the Ring. Ann's version of this fantasy scene of temptation is interesting because although it draws Boromir's contempt and anger, such as we seem him deploy in the book scenes, is here untroubled, it seems, by the perhaps buried suspicion that [the lady doth protest too much]. It's precisely because he can't believe the fantasy, that it's too perfect and so in fact spoils itself in the very image of his Ann!verse lover, Theodred, that his anger is roused. Interesting interpretation, as it seems to push Boromir towards taking the Ring in despair, rather than out of that combination, brought out so clearly in his father, of [pride and despair.]

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 7

I've always felt very ambivalent about Galadriel's treatment of Boromir- for one so wise, she seems to lack the rudiments of compassion. Or perhaps Galadriel is too remote, and does not have the modern attitude that people on the brink of falling prey to evil should be help; and thought that Boromir was a grown man and should help himself. Yet Galadriel seems more gentle with the hobbits. And of course, I wonder what Galadriel communicated to Boromir that spooked him so much at their meeting. Ann has an answer in this story. The visions of Boromir's heart's desires coming true are almost painful to read - he restores his father's respect and affection for Faramir, and then gets to rediscover his own forbidden love. But things are not as they seem to be; and, in a neat and very Boromirish twist, he rejects what he has always wanted when it is offered too easily and at the price of his beloved's honor... Ann handles an intriguing concept with her customary ease and grace.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 7

People speculate endlessly about what Galadriel offered the various members of the Fellowship when she entered their minds in Lothlorien. This is Annmarwalk's take upon the temptation of Boromir. Some folks even speculate that she actually set him up to succumb to the blandishments of the Ring. That is not the case here, but certainly Galadriel offers him the things he most greatly desires-a chance to save Gondor, his father and brother reconciled, and his beloved Theodred in Gondor, ready to fight by his side. Strangely enough, this last proves to be the overplayed hand that enables him to win free of Galadriel's sorcery, for a Theodred who would abandon his people to fight and love with Boromir is not the prince Boromir knows and loves. Galadriel seems almost sinister here, and Boromir's victory seems to make this a good set-up for a Boromir Lives! AU. I love the Boromir/Theodred pairing, and particularly enjoy Annmarwalk's ongoing treatment of it. This is a worthy addition to her stories.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 6

There is an awful lot to love in this short ficlet about Galadriel's testing of the Fellowship. The scenes we are offered – Faramir's reconciliation and the more intimate glimpses of Boromir and Théodred, especially – are evocatively portrayed in Ann's usual sparse style. Yet what really caught my attention was a scene Ann seems to pass over without comment: the page who delivers Théodred's message to Boromir, in full view of Denethor. I think that Boromir would have found this personal space and freedom from responsibility even more enticing than a guaranteed military victory. It shows a real perceptivity about Boromir's character that Annmarwalk grasped this; the fact that Boromir resisted this temptation and yet fell to the Ring shows both his and the Ring's strength. Nicely told, Ann.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Ah, to finally know what kind of "offer" was made to Boromir by the Lady of the Golden Wood during the moments she held his eyes and thoughts. His brother's estrangement from his father ended; the Steward actually moving to end the stalemate with Mordor; his beloved come to be by his side---- But would he accept Theodred should he give up his proper place? And what of the rest? IF Boromir were to have such a love, I could easily see this happen.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 3

So many authors examining this circumstances choose to see it as the beginning of Boromir's downfall, but here we see it as perhaps the last stand of his honor - he choses truth and compassion before self-centered desires.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

wonder which half made him realize it wasn't real?