Author: Acacea

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Boromir and Faramir - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: A little conversation at Osgiliath - a much delayed entry for the snapshot challenge based on Starlight's Brothers.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

The frog had me smiling all the way through the story. Poor little amphibian. I suspect that Boromir was an even greater help to Faramir as the frog climbed higher, and I loved the idea that they felt compelled to name the frog and find a place for the well. It's a very light-hearted moment, but true to the Steward's family, they find a way to make it apply to what they've been talking about. And also true to the Steward's family, they never come right out and say that this could be a metaphor for Ithilien. They walk around the issue, each knowing what the other is thinking but also knowing that to say as much would ruin the moment and bring the darkness back. Best to leave it as a simple problem of a frog climbing out of a well. And I think that's what I liked best about this story: the depth of understanding between the two brothers. They are definitely a good team, whether it's commanding the men or bolstering each other. Great story.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 6

Acacea’s outstanding descriptive skills set the scene and mood perfectly: the cloudness, stifling night, the dark, motionless waters of the Anduin, the vague sense of disquiet, certainly not unusual for soldiers during a brief respite. The songs of the frogs provide the only illusion of normalcy, there by the river. I applaud Acacea’s creativity in the manner in which she has skillfully woven the folktale of the frog in the well into the fabric of the tale as an allegory for Gondor’s continued battle against the forces of the Shadow. The whole tale is lovely and bittersweet, just as any tale of the Brothers ‘Mir must be.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 3

A lovely view of the relationship between Faramir and Boromir. I like the veyr natural sounding dialoge and interactions beteen them. The bits with the frog are very amusing, but the moral of the tale is cleverly portrayed so and is good and appropriate.