Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Duplicity

Author: agape4gondor
Nominator: agape4gondor
2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Gondor or Rohan

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Boromir meets Mithrandir in Rivendell and immediately regrets his decision to leave Minas Tirith.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

Agape4gondor hits upon a fascinating undercurrent in the rapport between Gandalf and Boromir that had never occurred to me before. That Boromir would see Gandalf as an alternative source of strength for Faramir (provided that Boromir himself wasn't around to watch out for his brother) is a brilliant extrapolation that feels completely natural and yet had completely escaped my notice. In one stroke, there is a different tone to the relationship between these two characters. Denethor might not have much love for Gandalf, preferring Saruman instead, but I can see where Boromir might differ in that opinion, not because of his own tastes but because of the impact on Faramir. Sheer brilliance!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Boromir feels betrayed by Mithrandir when the wizard does not appear to stand up for Gondor's travails against Sauron; but as Gandalf points out, the Enemy as faced in other lands is no less potent for appearing smaller to the eyes of the Gondorian. Very thought-provoking, including the thought that perhaps Ungoliant herself possibly haunts Ithilien; or is it more that the web of evil itself is so very pervasive? A story to capture the imagination.

Reviewed by: Silivren Tinu -- Score: 4

I think I've never seen a story featuring Boromir and Gandalf before and I really liked that you gave them the chance to have a talk! *g* I loved the way you described Boromir's emotions here - his clear affection for Faramir and his worry about him, his despair, and his indignation at what he saw to be an insult against his father and his people during the Council. You wrote him just the way I see him. The last sentence was the perfect finishing touch. I enjoyed this story very much!

Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 4

This is excellent! I can truly see this conversation taking place between Boromir and Gandalf. I like the idea of Boromir being friendly with Mithrandir before they meet in Rivendell. And because of that relationship, it seems very fitting that Gandalf would realize Boromir's anger and seek to allay it. His arguments are very persuasive, but Boromir's solitude will prove stronger, I fear. It is so difficult to heal the heart that sees itself as being alone! Thanks for an amazing and poignant tale, Agape!

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 3

Wow. You really did give Ithillien it's share of hurt! I can understand Boromir's loneliness and frustration, though; my job often seems like a battle that can't be won, and that can really tear up your heart. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

Yes, it is plausible that Boromir and Gandalf would have had some private talk at this point - they would have known each other well. Interesting conversation - I particularly liked the thoughts that buzzed about like a cloud of gnats - nicely linked with the creepy crawly theme!.