Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

My Brother. My Captain. My King.

Author: Amarok
Nominator: Linda Hoyland
2008 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: less violent than movie, but some events just happened... (including character death)
Summary: A few insights into Boromir’s thoughts, fears, and hopes during the journey of the Fellowship – movie-verse, with some added ‘missing scenes’.


Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 6

This story tells Boromir's journey from foe to friend of Aragorn and at the same time from friend to foe of the ring. It is written very effectively in little significant scenes mostly along movie verse in a stream of consciousness style from Boromir's point of view. Throughout the story it is chilling to see how subtle the ring's insinuations are. It took me sometimes a re-reading to really see the ring's influence. Most of Boromir's inner reasonings and monologues start out very logically and reasonable to then just take a turn where you finally see that this cannot really be Boromir's own thought. I love the major added scene which, to me, is a turning point in Boromir's relationship to Aragorn. I love the wordplay on Aragorn's name.

Reviewed by: cairistiona -- Score: 5

Very poignant glimpse into the thoughts of Boromir during the Quest. The slow downward spiral as he succombs to the Ring's pull is masterfully done. The temptation to let Aragorn fall in Moria was spine-chilling, and the reversals of his emotions as he fought against the darker forces pulling at him were wrenching to read. I found myself, as I do when I watch the movies, pulling for Boromir, hoping that *this* time he will not succomb. But he does, of course. But a good tale will always leave you wondering if maybe this time through things might change, and I found myself feeling that way as I read this.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 4

I've never been a big Boromir fan,unlike some, but this story made me feel for him.The author skilfully conveys Boromir's initial suspicion and dislike of Aragorn and how it is eventually overcome. I especially liked the moment in which Boromir overcomes the temptation to let Aragorn fall to his death by thinking of his brother. The ending of this fine film verse story,should bring a tear to any reader's eye.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A wonderful look at how movie-verse Boromir's relationship with Aragorn grew until he at last offered his fealty. Sad, as is only right; and the (original) temptation within the caves is a marvelous, delightful surprise as Boromir does what he can for Aragorn, although tempted to do otherwise.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

i find so much honor in your closing, thank you for a well thought thru peice and an ending that leaves light shining.