Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Malady in Meduseld

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: Linaewen
2009 Award Category: Times: Ring War: Quest of the Ring

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Why did it take Boromir so long to reach the Elven stronghold of Imladris? Perhaps there were other things working against the Man of Gondor. Two weeks in July 3018 in Edoras. (Begun with a note from Boromir to Denethor in another tale; the Muse decided it must be told.)


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 10

This story was simply stunning -- what a tale of adventure and intrigue it turned out to be! When I began reading, I had no idea how I would be drawn in. I could not stop reading until I had come to the end of the tale, and I believe I held my breath the entire time, in fear for Boromir! Agape4gondor writes a very effective and convincing gap-filler of Boromir in Meduseld on his way north to Imladris. What he believes will be a simple, brief visit to obtain information for his journey and to pay his respects to his good friends in Rohan turns into a fight for his life! I love how this tale is tied to an incident in another tale of Agape's, yet it stands well on its own, and fits in smoothly with the canon events of Boromir's dream quest. Boromir is suitably strong, determined, heroic, and continually thinking of his brother even at a distance -- in spite of the fact that for much of the story he is at death's door! His companions Theodred and Hama are also well characterized, in a wonderful way that we don't get to see when reading canon. Some characters just don't get enough attention from Tolkien, but Agape gives us more insight into several special people in this tale. We also learn more than we care to know about the slimy and treacherous Grima and his cohorts -- the author is as good at writing villains as she is at writing heroes! The parting of friends is poignant, for we know what lies ahead for each of the characters, in spite of their vows to drink together when the conflict is over -- and the epilogue leaves one feeling cold with fear at the evil still lurking in the shadows. Agape is a master of powerful endings! This story is going into my file of tales to be read alongside canon, as a most important and not-to-be-missed gap-filler!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

This was such an exciting little interlude. I love how Boromir was only afforded glimpses of the larger picture taking place in Rohan, especially at first. Great cloak and dagger stuff all around! As readers, we were a bit more aware of Rohan's problems than Boromir, and it made it more dramatic as we urged him to put the pieces together and figure it out before he became another casualty. I loved seeing Theodred, Grimbold, and Hama in active (albeit covert) resistance, and I enjoyed seeing some of the townspeople fighting back in their own ways, such as the innkeeper. Great characterizations all around, and I must also hold the tone of the story up for praise. There was definitely a secretive, furtive air throughout the piece, and it seemed as though everyone spoke in whispers.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A dark time, Boromir's visit to Edoras and Meduseld during his journey north in search of Imladris! To see him being captured and poisoned by Grima's cohorts was grievous; knowing that Theodred and those true to Rohan were able to save him and help spirit him on his way reassuring. Definitely a story full of intrigue and unexpected twists and turns!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 1

This is a very good gap-filler, filled with intrigue and adventure. It begs for a sequel.