Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Story Told in Fragments

Author: Wormwood
Nominator: Larner
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Men - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Drabble, 1 x 100 words Boromir returns to Minas Tirith.


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 10

This offers a moving look at a poignant might-have-been. Had Boromir indeed managed to return to Minas Tirith six years later, how might he have appeared to those who remembered and loved him? How was he likely to be seen by his beloved younger brother, this one who returns with traces of the Sea about him? How might he have explained where he’d been, how it was he was able to return, what had happened to him on his unconscious journey down the Anduin and his more conscious return to the city of his birth and his loyalty? This drabble manages to say so much in describing what isn’t said, and how it is that Boromir’s tale is slowly made manifested. Wormwood has managed to leave us peering into the gaps, the silences, the distant looks, seeking the meanings lurking just out of reach of Boromir’s words. And it so beautifully portrays the ongoing love and loyalty between the two brothers, and the simple acceptance that Boromir appears to have needed and Faramir was so apt to give him. This has proved a beautifully crafted drabble, and definitely one to savor repeatedly, reminding me of a sand scoured crystal, smoothed to the hand and soothing to the imagination. Consider it highly recommended! It’s a drabble I’ve been honored to nominate this year.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 7

A fascinating and deeply moving tale, all the more impressive for its brevity. This drabble is an AU account of how Boromir survived and returned to Minas Tirith six years later. He is of course welcomed back by Faramir, although it is implied that the older brother has greatly changed, and the younger one realizes that. How Boromir has changed is not specified; when Boromir speaks to Faramir, he seems to be trying to recall events as much for himself as for his brother. Was he in a coma? Did he have amnesia? Was he just too humiliated by his "failure" at Amon Hen to return before now? Was he separated from family, friends, and allies by war, and was just now able to make his way back? Any or all of this is implied, and the reader must decide the truth for himself. IMHO, the story is all the better for that reason, even though I do not normally like stories with inconclusive endings. The imagery is also very good. Read this drabble and be glad.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 5

This was a very, very enjoyable read. I loved the premise of Boromir returning to Minas Tirith, and shrouding his experiences in symbols and mystery worked extremely well to make the drabble a memorable one. The idea itself, too, was extremely poignant. Like some of the original reviewers I found myself thinking in direction of ancient Hellenistic mystery cults, and their connection to underworld and rebirth that initiates were not allowed to speak of to outsiders (except that whatever Boromir experienced probably was less cultish and more 'real' - and my associations are probably overshooting the drabble by miles and miles). I did enjoy the fragmentary telling, at any rate. Very well done.

Reviewed by: Levade -- Score: 4

Love the first line of this drabble. It sets such a magical air, and leads the reader to believe anything might be possible. Was he asleep, deeply enchanted, as some fairy tales have told us happens? Was he an Arthurian character, kept for six years, then returned? It's magical and mysterious, all in one hundred words that lead the imagination in a thousand different directions.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

This drabble itself cleverly offers a series of fragments that hint at the larger story involved. I very much like the way Wormwood has matched form and content here and the resulting effect of mystery it creates.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 2

Beautiful and thrilling, like all of this author's writing. The quality of the prose is excellent, as is the story that is being conveyed.

Reviewed by: Himring -- Score: 2

A gentle story that only hints at the unknown, just as Boromir himself does. A beautiful last line.

Reviewed by: Altariel -- Score: 1

Mystical and mysterious, and beautifully wrought.