Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Bitter as Blood

Author: shadow975

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Lord of the Rings

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: On Caradhras, Boromir considers the difficulties he faces; years after his companion's fall, Aragorn wonders what part he played in it.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

This one gave me goosebumps. "He thinks I do not see. I see." Powerful ending.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

An excellent look at movie!verse and the relationship (or lack thereof) between Boromir and Aragorn. I tend to enjoy book based fics more than I enjoy movie based fics, but this story completely won me over. Brooding introspection can be a difficult challenge, but it's pulled off well here. I think I like Boromir's chapter best and his lines of "He thinks I do not see. I see." But Aragorn had some great moments in his chapter, especially when he recalls missed opportunities and wonders if his aloofness might have contributed to Boromir's fall. Great angsty examination of both characters.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Well drawn portrait of the relationship of Boromir and Aragorn. I am particularly grateful to have the second chapter of this fic, as I always have trouble dealing with the DVD extended edition version of their Rivendell encounter. This makes a kind of emotional sense of that scene, which otherwise seems unbalanced, and then goes on to trace the missteps in that relationship and its final resolution, pinning its evolution on the problem of faith. Who has it? Who offers it? How to fit the image that that faith demands, and what are the consequences of trying? Of failing to do so? How does one go about recovering from that initial failure to live up to the other's demand, to have so visibly shrunk from the sum of all one's fears? There are few movieverse fics out there that help move me to a new understanding of the film version of the books, but this is one of them. Well, well done!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

This is a wonderful, incredible vignette. Shadow975 captured that moment when Boromir picked up the ring and gave us his thoughts and feelings so well, and poetically. This is beautifully written.