Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Pit

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: Linaewen
2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Men of the North

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Aragorn tries to assuage Boromir's grief while the Fellowship rests in Lorien.


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 10

I have always thought there must have been a moment such as this, where Boromir's despair comes to a head, and Aragorn seeks to comfort him. It is difficult to bear when I catch glimpses such as these of Boromir's anguish, yet they always serve to help me understand him better, even as I wish he could find relief from such despair. This story is aptly named, for Boromir's despair is truly like falling into a pit. The worst thing is that it is a pit that is not visible to others, and so no one realizes he is falling. This tale is beautifully sad, and very much in line with how I see Boromir's struggle during this time. Suddenly all the possibilities are opened to him, and he realizes his strength is not sufficient to the task. He is literally between a rock and a hard place, and there is no way to avoid the smashing hurt. It is also one of those marvelous tales where we can really see how close Aragorn is to Boromir. There is nothing like grief and despair to draw friends together. Aragorn can see there is pain and suffering in his friend, and he wants to do something about it. And yet, the sad thing is, the comfort that is offered here is not taken, because the one who offers it does not truly understand what is happening, and the one who needs it does not realize there is hope or the possibility of salvation from falling. If only Aragorn had realized what the danger truly was that was threatening; if only Boromir had opened up and allowed himself to be shielded! Little did he realize, it actually was not too late...

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

I love the way Boromir is captured in this little ficlet! My favorite line was probably the first one, in which Boromir is weeping but doesn't yet understand why. He only knows that he's utterly alone and that the evil he faces is an evil against which others cannot shield him. It's so fitting! Sam guessed that Lothlorien was the place where Boromir recognized his desire for the Ring, but this early in Lothlorien, I think Agape4gondor nails it. The only thing Boromir recognizes clearly is Gondor's need, the shadow's overwhelming power, and the fact that as the son of the Steward, he can't do enough on his own to stop it. The Ring's whispers on this subject tear a hole in Boromir that he's incapable of filling or comprehending, and thus he weeps. Aragorn's attempts to help Boromir and to provide him with some sort of peace were a wonderful gesture, but it may be too little too late. As Boromir points out, evil is there already.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 4

Oh poor Boromir - I am glad to have found this, it makes me more sympathetic towards him. Which shows what an excellent piece of writing it is - in only a dozen or so lines to make me look more kindly on the character. (Not that I was totally unsympathetic before - but I am much more so after!) To find so little peace in the Golden Woods because of the Evil carried within the party. I wonder, again, did The Ring speak to all of the fellowship in insidious whispers, or did it single out Boromir as a possible weak link? Whichever, I am sorry for him here.

Reviewed by: White Wolf -- Score: 3

We really only got a glimpse of the true torture that Boromir suffered from the One Ring, as it called to him. You intensified that glimpse for us. In the end, though, we know that his heart won out.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

I am not totally sure what you were trying to achieve here, but the way I read it it's a symbolic representation of Boromir's mental struggle - a kind of dream, maybe, that brought to surface his desires and fears and made him realize his own danger. It's very intense and very chilling.

Reviewed by: Silivren Tinu -- Score: 3

Poor Boromir is the first thing that comes into my mind after reading this story. I loved the intense way you described his inner torment here. I also loved that Aragorn's presence was able to give him comfort for a moment. As always, this story makes me wish things could have ended differently for Boromir.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

The pit itself is internal, and Aragorn appears unable to help Boromir find his way out of it. Alas for the warrior as he feels himself trapped! Poignant use of movie-verse!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 1

The writer here turns Boromir's feelings into dramatic experience.