Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Night in the Woods

Author: Acacea
Nominator: Acacea
2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Boromir and Faramir and a quiet night near the wood spent talking about lots of things


Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 5

Such a lovely tale of two brothers - who love and trust one another enough to say whatever they want and jump from one topic of conversation to another. I think one of my favourite lines has to do with the relative charms of elves and ladies of the night. Although the idea of Boromir being paraded like a horse at the county fair is rather delightful - although it is probably more the fillies who are being displayed for his pleasure. And Faramir - never was a truer word spoken - one day one of the Firstborn will indeed be Queen of Gondor. Beautifully written and characterised.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 5

This story is just wonderful! It leaves no doubt that such interludes between Boromir and Faramir were few and far between and were to be cherished. I loved their quiet banter in this, and the humour, quips like: ["I thought they might have been elves," Boromir repeated, leaning forward and enunciating each word carefully, clearly having mistaken a sudden loss of speech for a sudden loss of hearing.] But there is an underlying seriousness here too, that is just superb. Both characters are very well written here, their personalities so clear, as are the little details revealed about their lives. So much is conveyed without the actual use of words and the words that are used easily enable the reader to extrapolate more detail. This is an utter gem of a story, and it's for stories like this that I am so grateful to the MEFA's for I never would have found it otherwise!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

You know, I was as shocked as Faramir at this whimsical moment from Boromir. So props for originality on that note. But I think the real point of this story was not the elves but the relationship between Boromir and Faramir. You have portrayedit very nicely: loving and affectionate but even more importantly natural. They both feel comfortable kidding each other, and their jabs are not intended to hurt, which speaks highly of both of them. Nice peak into their relationship.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

Exactly what the title says! I love many things about this: that it is *Boromir* the practical, who sees (or thinks he sees) Elves; that *Faramir* the dreamer, is the one that is skeptical; that they can banter sharp enough to cut one moment, yet clearly the affection never wavers. I loved Faramir's silly dream, and Boromir's hidden romantic side. And I loved that the brothers had this chance at talking during a night in the woods.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

What a lovely little story. There are so few stories of Boromir and Faramir sharing an uneventful watch, aside from the elves… I love the friendly banter between the two brothers and Faramir’s prophetic quip about the elven queen. Little did he know ;-).

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

Sweet vignette, as the brothers banter about elves (and whether Boromir has actually seen some) and marriage and in the end are simply glad to have some time to talk with each other, whatever the content.