On The Subject of Brothers
2011 Award Category: Drama: Family
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Boromir has a conversation about brothers with Merry and Pippin.
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 6
I love it when an author turns to Boromir's gentle side. Isn't it nice that the movies take the time to dwell on the relationship between Merry and Pippin and Boromir. Gentle as a spring breeze is this tale. It makes me want to curl up with the Hobbits and listen. Yet, I fear tears would fall if I sat with them. Pippin is perfect. As is Boromir in this tale. I just want to cuddle with them. It could have been maudlin but Linaewen has a way with words and feelings and makes them have joy in the midst of a bit of sorrow. I think what I like best is that Boromir does not look down upon the Hobbits. In Lin's tales, he does not treat them as below him, or as immature. He treats them as gentle folk, which they were. He also treats them with respect.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 4
A lovely warm hearted ficlet concerning brothers. I loved reading about Boromir telling Merry and Pippin about Faramir and their bond. Merry and Pippin lament that they have no brothers, and Boromir cheers them by reminding them that they are close as brothers. The story is especially poignant as we know that Boromir and Faramir will not meet again in this life. At least Boromir has Merry and Pippin's company in these final weeks.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
One of my favorite sorts of Quest tales are of the sub-genre I call "getting-to-know-you", in which we see the members of the Company find a chance to learn about one another and their differences or what they have in common. In this particular one it's Boromir and Pippin and Merry. Pippin is curious about Boromir's brother, and this leads to a sweet and gentle, but not soppy, conversation between them about brothers, cousins, and friendship. A nice little vignette!
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 3
The author presents a touching scene. The cross-cultural and family discussions worked well to highlight the differences between Hobbit and Mannish cultures. The affection between Merry and Pippin, and Boromir and Faramir, is heartwarming, even if only in memory or explanation, and the ending fit the conversation very well.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
This is a touching moment between Boromir and Pippin and Merry. It is a moment of bonding for them. I like the silent understanding between them and that although they come from different cultures they all have the same basic understanding of what brothers are.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 2
This is a sweet story about brothers in the specific--Boromir and Faramir--and the general: what brotherhood means. A treat to read, well done.
Reviewed by: Ellynn ✧ Score: 2
Another great story about the friendship between Boromir and the hobbits, that Linaewen writes so wonderfully.
Reviewed by: cairistiona ✧ Score: 2
Such a warm moment between Merry, Pippin and Boromir. I love how gentle Boromir is, both in talking to the Hobbits and also in his manner when he thinks about Faramir. Very well done!