2008 Award Category: Genres: Romance - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Two men asleep, no sexual activity
Summary: Theodred watches Boromir sleeping
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 10
i have an issue with you slash is male an male sexual connations. this is not slash if you had not specifically said theodred, no one could have assumed that. there is nothing that is thoughtspoken that is inherintly male. this could be a quite moment with some unkown shield maiden. (yeah right) okay so i buy the whole boromir wasn't dedicated to wooing the girls thing but i think to often people see the word slash and automatically cringe. this is a peice that should could and i think does call for main stream acceptance and reward. you have writen a moment in time that captures two people at their most joined outside of a sexual stimulation. i don't think theodred is thinking okay now wake him up and bang away i think that you show him wanting to give this moment of peace and rest to a frind that has been badly used and abused by the world lately. he is not thinking of himself or rewards or future glory, in fact in many ways he is not even thinking h is just easedropping on memories that happen to have visual cues that he is looking at, kind of like picking up a scrapbook while you sit on the couch waiting for the OTHER to finish dressing for the night on the town, you may not really be thinking at all its just busy hand and mind syndrome caatching up with you. and notice thoe's practicing no hands style right now. try that at sword practice!!!!
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 5
[He is snoring so quietly that it is more like the purr of a cat.] An unforgettable opening line to a lushly romantic tale. It's a simple scene - Theodred watching Boromir as he sleeps - but there's such an endearing sense of trust, of vulnerability, to both of them here. While revelling in his lover's presence, his warmth and scent, Theodred surreptitiously examines scars old and new, trying not to dwell on ever-present shadow of death that follows each of them. In the end, Theodred simply surrenders himself to the "now" with Boromir, treasuring each moment as it comes, setting aside all fears and worries for the future. The closing lines are both luscious and heartrending, exquisite in their simplicity and tenderness. A lovely love story.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
A quietly lovely portrait of two lovers; possibly (at least in my opinion) the only two men in Tolkien's world for whom a good case can be made that they were homosexual. The details are wonderful; Theodred's concern and his observations, that of warrior and lover, of Boromir's scars. And a nice observation of Boromir's arrogance in his preference for soap...
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 3
There is something intrinsically gorgeous and spine-tingling about Boromir and Theodred as partners. This glorious moment captures the love beautifully. It always makes me a little sad - when the telling is this perfect - that I have not felt such love. Grateful that these two had some time together before the end. Nicely written..... *heavy sigh*
Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea ✧ Score: 3
Lovely, lovely schmoop! A delightful look at two formidable warriors in an intimate, restful moment. Even though Boromir is the observed and not the observer, his personality is nonetheless palpable. Gotta love a man who has his own special soap recipe! Lyrical, sensual descriptions.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
Mmm, lovely imagery throughout here. It is nice to think of these two men so at peace; I can't imagine them being that way when they both were awake, but with one quietly watching the other in sleep it seems more believable. They need this space to relax, and I really enjoyed seeing you give it to them.