Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

One Summer Day

Author: annmarwalk
Nominator: annmarwalk
2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Inspired by "The Simpsons" episode "Twenty-five Short Stories About Springfield", here are four ficlets-by-request flowing together into one summery tale. Prompts included "Boromir gardening", "Boromir and Faramir relaxing", "Prince Imrahil cooking" and "Mag up to something".


Reviewed by: pipkinsweetgrass -- Score: 7

This is an amazing story which bears reading more than once. Living near the sea, I can tell you that the writer has the mindset down perfectly! No matter how well off you are or how poor, you just can't beak that vital connection to the sea or to the precious land around it. Yes, we have gardens, here, too! The brothers were so perfect here, and I was overjoyed to see them all happy for a change instead of only the grief-riddled ones, which are needed...but happy is great too. Ans the fact that others loved them was shown! That is good use of point of view! We see that both brothers are beloved by family and friend and by their people as well. Both brothers were beloved Sons of Gondor, here we see the foreshadowing of that. The interconnectedness of the story was seamless, characterization flawless, why I could almost taste the crab! And I bet I know what spices Imrahil said use! This story really grabbed me with it's faithfulness to canon and it's groundedness in reality...a fine balance, and a good story!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 6

Ann's Mag is one of the most wonderful OCs I can think of, so devoted to Boromir--and Faramir, also, of course. And when Boromir sets out to do some clearing of his mother's garden Faramir, after a frustrating interview with the Steward (I note it's NOT his father he refers to--must have been VERY frustrating) chooses to join them, knowing Mag will bring them a veritable feast when it's time. With the comments by Imrahil and the thoughts on how the Prince of Dol Amroth has taught her to cook seafood, Mag adds steamed crab to the basket. Ranger lovers will love the images of the two soldiers turned gardener as they work; food lovers have Mag's cooking to imagine; Minas Tirith lovers have descriptions of how the gardens of the city came to be.... What's not to love?

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

The love of gardens that shines through in so many of Annmarwalk's stories is here again conveyed in lush descriptions that make you want to dig your fingers into rich soil and sniff the many green scents. (And although I have to admit that I'm no great fan of crabs, the description of the sea food made my mouth water *g*.) I like the thoughtful, introspective tone of the story, and the picture of the warrior Boromir puttering around in a garden. The sensory impressions the story evokes are sumptuous without weighing the plot; they show how the characters really revel in these moments of relaxation, as if heeding the advice "carpe diem!" in these few precious moments of leisure between the stresses and concerns of their usual tasks.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion -- Score: 6

These four ficlets provide a wonderful evocation of summer's past, idyllic days of hot sun, wonderful food, and honest toil out in a garden - all lovingly described in spare detail that hits just the right note everytime. Boromir the Gardener might be unexpected, but why not? It adds a richness to his character and when so well written as here, it is utterly believable. Faramir, loving brother and assistant pot-boy, what a very suitable adjunct to his personality, as is the 'fact' that the Prince of Dol Amroth is an excellent cook and loves a good cook-out on the beach. And finally the author's original character Mag the Cook, doyen of many stories, a wonderful invention now as well-rounded as any canon character with her own backstory and views on the lives of the denizens of both the citadel of Minis Tirith and the citizens of the Circles

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 5

Simply and utterly charming... This story really does have a peaceful, summery feel to it, casual and relaxing, the tone set beautifully by annmarwalk's flowing and descriptive writing. Boromir's thoughts about gardening's benefits are so true that I actually could imagine him in that situation (a first!), and the interactions between all the characters are completely enjoyable. It's not the kind of story that makes me laugh out loud, but leaves me feeling all warm, smiley and contented through and through. Imrahil being one of my LotR favorites, I admit that I adored his reminiscing section most. And true words of wisdom, indeed: ["Itís always a good thing to be friends with the cook."] Amen!

Reviewed by: Illwynd -- Score: 5

This set of four tales, carefully and seamlessly woven together, shows Annmarwalk's inimitable style to great advantage. Her wonderful OC Mag, together with everyone's favorite Gondorian brothers as well as the Prince of Dol Amroth, all add their part and their perspectives on a perfect, beautiful day. The rich descriptions flow together with the emotional resonance of the characters, and here and there touches of humor and marvelous insight, into a fun, sweet story will make you smile and sigh happily and wish you were there yourself. And as for Boromir's question in the first part--I think I will be wondering that myself for quite some time!

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 4

An enjoyable series of drabbles that are all interrelated with a common theme of gardening and cooking. I must say, I never thought of Boromir as having any interest in gardening, but Annmarwalk makes it seem plausible. I can, however, see Imrahil learning to cook seafood with expertise and panache! Her OC Mag is also included here, and as always, is a pleasure.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 3

This suite of fics was lovely. Each one is a pefect little vignette, but then they flow so easily and yet unexpectedly from one another, and then come full circle neatly and seemingly without effort. And, being a Marylander, I have a soft spot for steamed crabs!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a very entertaining glimpse of just an everyday afternoon in the Citadel. No great events to be told (which is of course part of what makes it all so fun and enjoyable), but some very charming characterizations all around and some amusing anecdotes - a thoroughly enjoying glimpse into the inner world of the Steward's Family.

Reviewed by: Keiliss -- Score: 3

Lovely summery feeling to all four of these ficlets, and I loved Boromir's musings on the creation of the garden in which he was now working, and the air of disbelief this evidence of careful thought provoked. Specially loved the atmosphere of the last one, though it left me a little sad.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 3

Such a happy day! Serendipitous - crabs and Mag and two brothers taking pleasure in spending time together. If only they could have had more time like this - but, perhaps, they appreciated it all the more because it came so infrequently.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

maybe boromir would have married if he came back? just think how much more appreciative he would have been about these comforts offered so lovingly.