Language Lessons

Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Boromir and Faramir - Second Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: In Minas Tirith, the young Boromir gets two very different lessons in language from his parents Denethor and Finduilas. Cameo by young Faramir.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 7

I had two favourite moments in this one (though it's hard even to narrow it down to those, because this has some great interactions throughout). The first is one Boromir is struggling through his Sindarin and Faramir belts out "O menel aglar elenath" -- without meaning to, he is definitely one-upping Boromir. I can truthfully commiscerate with Boromir: as an oldest sibling myself, I know just how annoying cheeky younger brothers and sisters can be. The other thing I really liked about this was all the Gondorian bedtime stories. It seemed fitting that the Silmarillion would form the basis for at least somje of the more popular ones out there, and I can easily see Boromir liking Tuor best -- though I agree with Finduilas, parts of Turin really aren't meant for young ears. Thanks for a nice peak into the private lives of the steward's family, Cel.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 6

A rare episode in which the Steward scolds and disciplines his elder son is thoughtfully recounted. Boromir overhears a soldier’s oath, but when he tries to use it himself, arouses his father’s ire over a perceived insult to the history of Gondor and the line of kings. Celandine has gotten the details perfectly– the playful interaction between Boromir and his toddling brother; Denethor’s quiet explanation of his anger and punishment; Finduilas’s calm intervention between the two. The vision of Boromir’s efforts to converse in Sindarin, eclipsed by Faramir’s amazing competence at such an early age is very sweet. Boromir’s promise to use Faramir’s skills and counsel when he is steward is, of course, quite a bittersweet scene for those of us who know how the tale will end.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

I really liked this early look into the Steward's family, and I liked the way that Denethor let Boromir know that some things were not to be taken lightly. Denethor's characterization was wonderfully complex, from his disciplinary measures with Boromir to his talk with Finduilas about Dol Amroth. I can see quite a bit of his father in Boromir, and I think it very appropriate that Finduilas would find it difficult to understand her oldest son. I lalso iked the comparison to her kinsmen in Dol Amroth. It helped explain where Faramir comes from and what things shaped him. Nicely written.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

This is a lovely glimpse into the Steward's family life. I like that you've depicted a thoughtful and politic Boromir and a Denethor who is firm but caring.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

A lovely view of this family. Your characterisations are very good. I like the way youshowthe interactions.