Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Childhood Dreams

Author: Acacea
Nominator: Acacea
2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Boromir and Faramir speak of childhood dreams


Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 4

This is such a nice, quiet interlude in lives that seemed otherwise embroiled in battles (with enemies or family). The author did a nice job setting up the scene: I could picture the setting clearly and "hear" their voices as I read it. It's very sweet that Faramir wanted to be like his older brother, and I like the way that the drabble indirectly led up to that revelation.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 3

You always have such a deft hand in your tales of gentle, affectionate interactions between Boromir and Faramir. The idea of Faramir wanting to be just like his brother, but couching that desire in terms of a riverís unceasing energy, is both heartbreaking and beautiful.

Reviewed by: Nesta -- Score: 3

An unusual and fascinating line on the two brothers. Is the corollary that Boromir is like a river? Interesting idea. I'd have thought he was more like a horse - proud, noble, willing, but not too bright and needing guidance from a wiser hand...

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

Aww, that one's really sweet. I'm familiar with those childhood dreams (I wanted to grow up to be a boy, personally), and you've captured both of these brothers well. I see them as teenagers or maybe in their twenties - very full of life just bursting into the characters we see in the Ring War. And as such, they're very believable.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 3

Ironic edge there. A river and Boromir. Well. The two came together in the end. I like to think of Faramir and Boromir snatching moments from their duties to have time together away from battle plans and paternal pressures.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion -- Score: 3

I like this very much because it intimates so much about the unspoken relationship between the brothers, and because the scene is so adroitly visualized. You see very little, but it shows you so much.- of their character and what they see in each other and within themselves.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

A well written glimpse of these two brothers sharing a quiet moment over a drink down at the pub. Their conversation is so deeply revealing, both of their personalities and their relationship. Very good drabble!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

An interesting conversation between brothers, and the identification, through childhood fantasies, of Boromir and the river makes for a slightly chilling counterpoint.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A nice, quiet and reflective moment for Faramir and Boromir, as they share wine and memories.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 2

Nicely turned in the last line, as the brothers reflect on qualities to aspire to! Well done.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 1

A moment of thought and exchange of memories, well caught.