Eight Weeks

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: Marta

2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: Fixed-Length Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Eight weeks, eight hundred words, and a lengthy contest of wills pits Boromir against the combined forces of his father and brother. A humorous drabble cycle.(100 words per drabble - series complete)

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Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 10

Yes, this is a delightful, laugh-out-loud-filled series of humorous drabbles exploring an intriguing and entertaining concept. Yes, the interactions are awesome and totally engaging. Yes, the characterizations feel completely authentic and real. Yes, each scene is well-thought out and a harmonious link in the whole, flowing smoothly and naturally from one to another. Yes, every technical aspect is flawless, the writing excellent with marvellous phrases, the perfect tone carried throughout. But really, the very, very best part of this series is how Denethor and Faramir work as a concerted team in a single-minded and cleverly-laid siege. So many times the focus is on the adversarial and apparently dysfunction relationship that this powerful and intellectual father has with his equally intellectual second-born. Here we have a tantalizing viewpoint of them working together to belabor the one they both love - all for the greater good, of course! There are so many great moments to reread and chortle over anew... Definitely the two chess games, particularly Denethor's final musing at the end of Week Six; Faramir's devious comments - the "appearance" shot and noting the meaning of (at least some) Dwarven beards; and of course, of course, the final toast. Simply sublime...

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 8

An amusing look at life in the Steward's household. I like this exploration of the relationship among Denethor's family which shows a lighter side than we so often see; and in particular a scenario in which - unusually - Denethor sides with Faramir against his favourite son. The ploys to get Boromir to get rid of that beard are sneaky and inventive, appropriate for those two cunning men. The drabble series is structured very well: each drabble standing on its own, but building on each other in such a way that a continuing plot arc is created and the humour accumulates until the final drabble . The snappy, vivid dialogue helps to maintain the brisk pace. I like the small but eloquent details that are tucked into the narrative, painting a picture of the daily life and routine of the Captain-General when he is not in the field, as well as life and concerns of the reigning family of Gondor. There are so many wonderful lines in this series, but one of my favourites is this one: ["Look, Cirdan has a beard..."], because you can almost hear Boromir's exasperation (and desperation?).

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

A highly rewarding series of little drabbles that had me clutching my sides with laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed both Faramir and Denethor in this, and I pitied poor Boromir throughout. It seems to me that the key to success for Faramir and Denethor is echoed in what makes this drabble series so very entertaining: timing. Boromir's line about Cirdan would not have been half so funny had it not been timed the way it was. In the Week 5 drabble, there's a brilliant buildup of what seems to be a complicated matter, but then Dwimordene reveals that it's simply Faramir venturing outside the box on the beard issue. And as I'm chuckling over that, she throws in Boromir at his most exasperated and ends the drabble on the Cirdan line. Absolutely brilliant! Another part that must be held up for praise is the observation that Faramir's experience as a captain would lead him to delegate the invasion of Boromir's quarters to another. The wry humor that laced this series was fantastic throughout. Highly enjoyable!

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 5

Week One – I loved the first line. Week Two – I loved the last line. Week Three – I loved the first paragraph. Week Four – Oh dear! I loved the entire thing (Proverbs of the Sindar indeed!) Week Five – I loved the last line Week Six – Ah, this was penetrating (poor Boromir – I fear there is no hope) Week Seven – Oh dear, courtesans and bribery now. Week Eight – Well, as I said, poor Boromir – he never stood a chance. A delightful rendition of Faramir and Denethor’s combined campaign against a new ‘oddity’ of Boromir’s! Nice to see the two of them working together, even if it happens to be ‘against’ Boromir. The eldest never stood a chance! My favorites were week 5 and week 8.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 5

I will admit that I always seek out Dwim's Halbarad stories when I can, but this drabble series sounded so intriguing that I had to read it. And what a treat it was! I could not help to chuckle at the first drabble, but as I proceeded onwards to the remaining seven, it just got worse... containing my laughter and keeping it down as best as I could. How can you manage to keep a reader so entertained with such a fabulous plotbunny... which is just.. Boromir's beard? Well she can! This bit was the icing on the cake for me: ["Granted, but brother," Faramir persisted, "if we accept the Dwarves' account of the meaning of the beard, I worry that even should we see you wed, we'd see no heirs forthcoming!" Boromir glowered. Finally: "Look, Cirdan has a beard..."] I am not certain if that was the best argument he could brought on the table at that moment. Wonderfully written Dwim, needless to say how much I loved it ;)

Reviewed by: stefaniab  ✧  Score: 4

I'm not exactly sure how I should review Dwimordene's humorous drabble cycle concerning manly fashion in late-third age Gondor. I personally like a man with a well-tended beard. However, it is clear that Denethor and Faramir think Boromir has made a mistake when he decides to grow a chin full of whiskers. In whimsical chunks, drabbles show the attempts by his brother and father to get Boromir to shave. A light-hearted look at the Steward's family.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 4

Dwimordene has spent a storied career depicting the Steward's dysfunctional family at its absolute worst moments. So it's kind of nice to see them all getting along, and to see Faramir and Denethor actual allies in a mutual campaign to get Boromir to shave his beard. Needless to say, two men with the intelligence and acumen of the Steward and his second son are not likely to fail, and their machinations are depicted with understated humor that is all the more funny for its subtlety.

Reviewed by: Claudia  ✧  Score: 4

hahaha! This was great. I just love any interaction between Boromir and Faramir before things got so dark. I also think it's nifty that Boromir and his father would play chess together. That makes total sense to me. I also loved your deft way of dealing with such a light-hearted subject as the growing of a beard. I can so see that the ladies would find Boromir hot, especially without the beard!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 3

Delightful! It's great to see Faramir and Denethor in league together! There were a couple of moments when I felt you had moulded Denethor in the image of Prachett's Lord Vetinari - a sure way to get triple thumbs-up from me.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

So, Boromir's newest aquisition has to go, does it? And father and brother are united in their campaign. Will the campaign be successful, one wonders? Lovely series, and filled with a delightfully subtle humor!

Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel  ✧  Score: 2

LOL! Boromir didn't know it, but he didn't have a chance with those two colluding against him! Well done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

It 's rare to see a story with Denethor and Faramir conspiring to gang up on Boromir. This one is hilarious, in a subtle, sneak-up-on-you way!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 1

Very entertaining, and nicely carried through.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

next time can we tie him up and wax him?