Small Soldiers

Author: Cori Lannam

Nominator: unknown

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

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: mature themes (characters dealing with death)

Summary: Faramir wants to see his mother one last time.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

What a fine line Denethor asks his sons to tread. To feel and care, but not to forget that they can't just be little boys, that they still have obligations. Denethor is one of the characters in the books that I really disliked. I'm glad I could forget that for a bit and that he was just a father, trying his best.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I really liked this story, which is odd because I don't normally like young Boromir and young Faramir. But this story is different. You can see inklings of their adult personalities in these younger versions, and stern Denethor reveals that he does indeed have a softer side. Boromir's need to be adult and show authority was great, and his surrender to comfort in the end was heart-warming, though his vow even as he did so sent chills down my spine. I could see the Ring twisting that promise into a need to protect Gondor regardless of Elrond's council. Faramir's recovery from his mother's death was much like his recovery from Denethor's death in RotK. Great echoes of the future in a story of the past.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

Nice story. I particularly liked Denethor as loving-if-somewhat-distant father.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

This is an interesting reversal, in its way, from what one might expect: that Boromir should flee, where Faramir would stay when Finduilas died. Interesting, too, Denethor's approach to dealing with the family's loss-it's a lesson, it's a necessity. It's a way of coping and keeping control, all while doing something useful for these two boys, his "small soldiers" who will one day be seeing all too much of death. Poignant and unsettling.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

An endearing little tale of Faramir and Boromir on the day their mother dies.