Ever Faithful

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: Linaewen

2011 Award Category: Character Study: Gondorians

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A fishing trip, gone horribly wrong, turns into another opportunity for the Brothers Mir's love and interdependence to grow.

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Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 10

What an amazing, powerful story this is! The reader feels the sharp desperation of Boromir as he attempts to care for his wounded brother, even as he is hurt and in pain himself, and in danger of discovery by the enemy. Even at this young age, Boromir is revealed a powerful leader and firm decisionmaker in the midst of a crisis. It is heart-rending to be privy to his despairing thoughts as he fears he will not be able to help Faramir, his terror as he expects to be attacked at any moment by the Orcs that have ambushed and wounded them, his struggles to light a fire to keep his brother warm, his anguish at the thought that no one will find them in time to rescue them, his trust of his father who comes in the nick of time and takes on the burden of caring for Faramir after Boromir has saved him, his tears when he sees his brother alive and well after they are saved. Young though he is, Boromir is the kind of leader who is strengthened in a time of adversity by the knowledge that he is needed, and his own need to be needed by his his brother keeps him sensitive and understanding. Boromir does all that is necessary, and more, to keep his brother safe, and it is fitting and satisfying to hear his father say just that at the end of the ordeal.

Author response: Whoo hoo! Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

A trip away from the White City turns nightmare when Boromir finds he and his younger brother Faramir have been taken unawares by Southrons, who have slipped into the lands near the river. Faramir has an arrow in his shoulder, and Boromir’s leg has been grazed. Can the two of them make their way back to safety, or will the patrol for the area perhaps find them in time? Boromir’s awareness of the danger and the realization of the severity of their injuries is well depicted, as is the seriousness of the situation. Well realized!

Author response: Thanks! I had great fun writing this. I think I have a sadistic streak.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

An angsty hurt-comfort piece, just the thing to read on a cold winter's day when one is inside, the better to empathize with the wounded brothers 'Mir out in the cold - an ordeal which Agape chronicles quite well. Things could have gone from bad to worse to fatal, but for both brothers' courage and Boromir's refusal to give up. Nice interaction between the sons of Denethor, showing their mutual trust and love.

Author response: I do love writing about the brothers 'Mir. Sometimes it's difficult to make Faramir not upstaged by Boromir. Glad you liked this!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

"[Borormir] needed Faramir as much as Faramir needed him." That line from your story about sums it up. Beautifully written story of the two brothers of Gondor in a difficult situation, and a very good reminder that their lives and their brotherhood did not begin with the Ring War. Good job.

Author response: I do not think the Brothers Mir had the easiest of lives. I thank you for making the writing of one such time worthwhile.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

I really love this story. Agape describes everything perfectly - their Boromir's and Faramir's efforts (especially Boromir's), as well as their bond and love. And I so sympathized with them - this was a very difficult situation, they were injured and in pain... poor boys. It was a relief when they were finally saved. Well done.

Author response: Thanks! Writing the brothers 'Mir can be such fun -- even in the midst of their suffering. *g*

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 3

Agape is so good at depicting the love between the Brothers Mir. Here we see them when they are still teens. Boromir’s sense of duty towards his younger brother is touching and I was practically weeping in sympathetic frustration in his attempts to get himself and his brother safely home.