All These Wore Wings

Author: Fileg

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Pre-War of the Ring - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Random images from the siege of Gondolin haunt a small boy in another white city. A snapshot, based on the painting "Brothers" by Starlight.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

This is so great! I've read about Gondolin, of course, and it's one of my favorite 'old' stories, but I've never noticed the parallels between it and Gondor. Figures Faramir would see those things!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

There's one line in this story that I just have to share, and that's this one: "still a dreamer but never deceived by his dreams." It's what Boromir glimpses of Faramir's future, and I find it very moving and appropriate. Faramir never was deceived, and it showed in his war within Ithilien, but he still dreamed, making him a very unique character. The parallel between Faramir and Tuor was not one I would have drawn, but I think it works, and makes for a rather unnerving comparison.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Definitely one of my favorite stories about Boromir and Faramir as children. The parallel between Gondor and Gondolin was one I had not considered before reading this story. What intrigues me is Faramir's early assertion that the point of the story of "those who wear wings" is that no one knows, because it is the nature of boats (or anything that journeys and leaves others behind) to go into the unknown. Faramir may make himself Tuor in his story, but ultimately, it will be he who has to stand and watch others turn towards the great unknown (death) ahead of him. No one escapes war, not even those who wear wings, as Faramir points out, and that lends a shivery feel of foreboding to an otherwise delightful story far removed from the violence of the coming apocalypse.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I don't think I'd ever thought of the similarities between Minas Tirith and Gondolin, Idril and Eowyn. I didn't really get the part about the boats, but I do thank Fileg for opening my mind to those similarities.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

This was a truly delightful story of Boromir and Faramir. I loved the imagery of the boats and the tales of valour, drawn from a young boy's perspective, also, the visions of the future that Farmir sees for him and Boromir. Nicely written!