Of First Impressions and Old Friends
2008 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Frodo and Faramir - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo and Faramir consider absent friends after they meet in Ithilien.
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 10
i'm breaking my own rules and writing this review differently then any of my others. pardon me Dreamflower if this upsets you. [Finally Mithrandir had spoken. "Good morning, eh? What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"] how many of us would be better served to try this method of greeting people, you enlighten us on many ways and outcomes from this scenario. this greeting method seems to be a way in which gandalf can gauge the content of a beings soul. and it makes me wonder who do you think failed if and how did they answer. this is not the main plot line of this story but its the one that has made me remember and return to it time and time again. of course frodo probably never faced the question as an introduction but i imagine that gandalf challenged him more than once while visiting bilbo, if for no other reason, it would show frodo's growth and expanding realization of the world as a whole. your overall story is a wonderful tennis match of view points, and tenses. we move back and forth and around the robin. and never do you lose the thread of how the impressions formed early in a meeting form and shape the way we react to the next and all future challenges. in the words of one famous hobbit it probably [shows what kind of quality you have]. you find a flash back point to bring most of the players a moment in the spotlight and then you bring us back to the 'present' of the tale and end the story with a bit of tantalizing cliffie. we can not know if it leads to more wonderful dreamflower universe or of you are releasing us into the tender care of the master of all things middle earth. thank you for this short cruise on the river of memory and recall.[Finest kind] [Finest kind.]
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 6
I always enjoy reading stories on a theme that I've read before, but where the authors don't normally writer the characters involved. Denethor's rerference to Faramir as ["wizard's pupil"] is one that's been fleshed out in a number of stories, but Dreamflower brings a breath of fresh air on it because of her focus on Gandalf rather than Faramir. Not to the exclusion of him, by many means, and she writes all of the Gondorians very well, but there was more characterization of Gandalf than I think I've ever seen in such a fic. I particularly loved the exploration of Gandalf's gruffness - too cute! And the description of a pipe was very interesting and very appropriate to Gondor's lack of smoking. I also was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the story wsa told from so many different perspectives. That made the scene feel very organic, and meed for a very fun read. I heartily enjoyed this fic.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
They have met, Faramir and the Ringbearer, and seeing Frodo resting by Sam's protective presence, Faramir, thinking on the report given that Mithrandir had died, remembers the first time he met the Wizard, even as Frodo remembers Boromir's tale of the same meeting. In knowing the Wizard had trusted the other, each finds it easier to think on the other as a friend. The use of the four points of view--Faramir the child's, Faramir the adult's, Boromir's, and Frodo's, we see the forging of what will be an unusual yet enduring friendship, even if Frodo does leave the mortal lands.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 5
Dreamflower picks a wonderful frame for this tale-within-a-tale - that of Sam and Frodo's sojourn at Henneth Annun and their meeting with Faramir. She explores the first meeting of Faramir and Gandalf through memories, particularly Frodo's memory of Boromir's account of how his younger brother met the wizard. The recollection of Gandalf's saying something to Bilbo that he also said to the child Faramir is a quite skilfull touch; it binds Boromir's memories to Frodo's, and emphasizes the role that the wizard played in the lives of those they love. Cleverly and sensitively written.
Reviewed by: Antane ✧ Score: 4
Love Frodo's mild amusement at the Ring's disappointment that it couldn't corrupt Faramir and how he was ready, even exhausted, to exert his will to protect Faramir from being corrupted. What strength that took the entire time to keep others safe and no wonder he was empty afterwards. Love also the laughter of the hobbits to Boromir's retelling of the tale of Faramir's first meeting with Mithrandir, when Gandalf uses the same words he used in greeting Bilbo and love Boromir's reaction to that laughter.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 3
I love this convergence of shared memories! It's great to see the same situation from different angles as Faramir remembers and as Frodo remembers Boromir remembering. It's a nice bit of light-heartedness in the midst of the Ithilien tension, but the best part was seeing Gandalf again, especially since both Faramir and Frodo thought him dead at the time.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
Yet another delightful story I might have missed were it not for MEFA! I loved Faramir's compassion for Frodo and Sam here and the way friendship with Gandalf links both Man and Hobbit.I'm glad I know Gandalf is still alive or the memories of him would have made me sad.
Reviewed by: Violin Ghost ✧ Score: 3
That was a fresh, lovely tale of Faramir's and Gandalf's first meeting. It was perfect, Gandalf repeating his own words once addressed to Bilbo! It was a nice reflection on Frodo's part about Faramir, and Faramir's quiet resistence of temptation, as well.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 2
If nothing else, this is a remarkable exercise in persepective, but the different tellings of similar events combine to make a charming and entertaining tale.