For Our People

Author: Ellynn

Nominator: cairistiona

2011 Award Category: Drama: Featuring Aragorn

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes

Summary: On Amon Hen, Aragorn takes something that gives him both fulfilment and loss. Third place Teitho November 2010: Finders, keepers. (A story of about 1050 words)

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Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 5

I was honored to beta this very moving expansion of what was really a very small detail in the movies that may have gone unnoticed by most movie-goers. Why Aragorn took Boromir's vambraces is a question that I have asked myself quite often after the end of "The Fellowship of the Rings" and I have never been able to come up with a satisfactory answer until I read this story. Ellynn captures the sorrow, hope, resolution, determination and not least pride in Gondor that Aragorn must have felt as he strapped those on his wrists. A very moving short story that any Aragorn fan will love for the insights she gives into the character.

Author response: Thanks so much for your compliments, dear! :)

Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 5

This story perfectly describes what I felt myself when I first witnessed Aragorn's action in taking Boromir's vambraces and wearing them for the remainder of his journey towards Minas Tirith and the kingship. By wearing them he acknowledged his duty and kinship to Gondor and Boromir, and a piece of Boromir went with him at all times. Ellyn has done a marvelous job here of putting into words that strong relationship that grew between Boromir and Aragorn, which was only truly realized at the last moment, when it was almost too late. A most fitting tribute to Boromir, and also to Aragorn's love for him as a brother and his desire to fulfill his promise to him and to his people -- who are also Aragorn's people.

Author response: Aww, thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. *hugs*

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

Dear Ellynn, I have wondered this before, how do people cope, when faced with death upon death, too many to mourn properly, how do they keep their humanity, stop themselves from becoming numb or cynical? You have expressed this struggle very well here. I like how you have shown the process from Aragorn thinking of Gondor as Boromir’s land to thinking of [our people]. The gradual change was subtly done.

Author response: Living in our safe world, I guess we can't even imagine how they felt, faced with death all the time. :( I simply tried to describe this one little moment and a part of what Aragorn might have felt. I am glad if I succeeded. Thank you for your review. *hugs*

Reviewed by: Striderette  ✧  Score: 3

Lovely blending of both movie and book verse. You show the great depth of emotion that Aragorn feels at the loss of his comrade, his brother-in-arms. The taking of the vambraces is a powerful symbol that Aragorn will hold true to the vow he makes to a dying Boromir...not to let the White City fall, nor their people fail. Well done!

Author response: Thank you for the review, I am glad you like this! :)

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 2

This is a moving story that gives the reader a view of both Aragorn's character and, indirectly, Boromir's. It is very emotional and highly descriptive. Well written.

Author response: Thanks for your kind review!