Through Daeron's Eyes

Author: dancingkatz

Nominator: rhyselle

2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: For eventual violence (beginning in chapter three), the realities of military survival training and war as the War of the Rings approaches. and the depiction of post traumatic stress syndrome nightmares of a prisoner of war.

Summary: Initially a one-shot, this Work-In-Progress tale was inspired by Boromir's explanation that only he, Faramir and two other men escaped the rout at Osgiliath and a private challenge from a friend to write a story showing an LOTR canon character from the point of view of a silent "spear carrier". I wondered who the other two men were and decided that one of these men was his former squire, Daeron (my OC). This is the story of his growing up in the years before the Ring War under the influence of the Steward's family, particularly his hero, Lord Boromir, and becoming a soldier of Gondor. Additionally, I thought it was time to give at least a few of those "silent spear carriers" a voice.(The story is currently 12 chapters long and will likely be about 20 chapters long by its conclusion at the time of Aragorn's coronation)

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Reviewed by: rhyselle  ✧  Score: 10

I wish there were another way to describe Daeron than "OMC". He is much more than the usual "original characters" who clog up the various fanfic sites by becoming part of the Fellowship or having history-changing effects on canon events. Instead, he is part of the fabric of the life Minas Tirith, and the tale is about his life, and how it intersects with that of Boromir and the Steward's household over the years from age eight to his manhood before the War of the Ring. Don't mistake me, it is Daeron's story and that of his childhood and teenage friends, not the tale of Boromir Hurin, although the Steward's Heir is pertinent to the various episodes within the story arc. The supporting characters, especially Daeron's best friend, Halmir, are engaging to meet, and each has their own background, which comes through as the reader progresses through the eventful life of the son of Boromir's adjutant. The author's real life military experience comes through in the details of the military oriented world of Minas Tirith during an era of impending war. It might not be here yet, but they all know it's coming and it is the youth of Gondor who will be the ones who stand and fall at Osgiliath and on the Pelennor and at the Black Gate in the desperate attempt to give Frodo his last chance of success. There is politics, of course, one cannot escape that in the ranks of the nobility of Gondor, but there's humor and tenderness as well. It's a fascinating look at what growing up Gondorian could be, in a culture where personal honour really means something and the hero-worship of a great leader can lead to a young man's efforts to be the very best he can be. TDE is technically incomplete, but each segment can stand well on its own as an engaging and enjoyable story that gives us a view of the day to day life of a soldier-to-be who, I feel, epitomizes those who bear the emblem of the White Tree on their black and silver uniforms, who await the coming of the hoped-for King, and serve their land with love and honour.

Reviewed by: phyloxena  ✧  Score: 8

I liked both honorable Daeron and pranking Hal, as well as Boromir as seen through Daeron's adoring eyes. The glimpses of Faramir were few, but a real treat: it never yet occurred to me that he could have been a prankster himself, and it makes lots of sense, minding nature of the ranger warfare and Robin Hood overtones of his ITB appearance. And I'm certainly grateful for the likable, competent and noble Denethor. Council scene seems a bit of a parody, probably, intentional. I hope there will be some development for Daleth and his uncle: so far they both are generic petty annoyances with disproportional airtime. With the way they beg for attention, they must either redeem themselves or turn into real villains. Framing Daeron as Boromir's bastard son is a nasty idea, but not a productive one, since people who matter know the truth. I'm looking forward for the next installment (and it's a relief to guess from the summary that at least one of the beautiful OCs will survive the war). Definitely going to follow the updates.