Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: Linaewen

2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: Men

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: Drabble Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Boromir has misgivings and shares them with Theodred. Faramir is about fifteen - thus the 'sting' of Theodred's comment in the 2nd drabble. Eowyn's around 2ish. Which makes the heroes about 19 or 20. Four drabbles each 100 words per MS Word.(Four drabbles per MS Word (100 words each).)

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Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 10

It makes so much sense that Boromir and Theodred would be known to each other, and even be friends, yet there is so little mention of them during this particular time period in canon. What a tragedy that is, to be sure! I love these four short pieces that show how strong their friendship is, how comfortable they are with each other, and how much comfort they are to each other. Agape4gondor's tale of these two friends also reveals the great love Boromir has for his brother, Faramir; love that is expressed in worry about him and his training as an esquire. Boromir realizes that Faramir is not the same kind of man as he himself is, and thus knows that training with a sword will not be easy for Faramir -- even as he knows it is vital for Faramir to learn the art of war in spite of his natural bent towards peace. Each piece of the story shows more and more concern on Boromir's part, even in the midst of the laughter the two older friends share, perhaps remembering their own escapades as esquires. It is most significant that Boromir has a dream that foretells of tragedy coming to Faramir. Theodred is unaware how true this dream actually is! I, for one, am a firm believer in the fact that Boromir was one who dreamed true dreams, just as Faramir did; not as often, perhaps, or as consistently, but if a matter struck close to home -- with his family involved or the safety of his people and of Gondor -- Boromir would be sensitive to such things. Theodred's explanation of the dream fits all that has gone before, but the reader knows exactly just how true Boromir's dream actually is, and what leads to the fulfillment of that dream. I find Theodred's final words to be quite poignant and bittersweet: [We will both be dead before he e'er comes near danger.] Boromir laughs, realizing it is a double-edged reassurance, yet also seems to take comfort in Theodred's words. Little do either of them realize that Theodred is showing foresight here, as well. They both will indeed be dead when Faramir's time of danger comes. Not only that, they will both have each died within a day of each other!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 5

I enjoyed reading these drabbles which depict Boromir and Theodred as brotherly friends. I can well imagine that Boromir would fret about Faramir now he is training to be a soldier, as like Boromir, I can imagine him better suited to be a poet or musician. We know from Tolkien that Boromir has at least one prophetic dream, though they are more often associated with his brother, but both have the Númenorean lineage so it is possible. Theodred comforts Boromir after he has nightmares about his brother’s fate. We, the readers, know these two men will die while Faramir will survive against the odds, which makes these drabbles a poignant read.

Author response: Thanks, Linda. I really enjoyed writing this.

Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 4

When I started to read in fandom, the appeal of Boromir-Theodred (or Boromir/Theodred) stories was something I failed to understand, but agape4gondor paints a lovely picture of the two, and especially of Boromir and his brotherly concern for (and pride about) Faramir. The last two drabbles were especially poignant, with not one but two rare glimpses of dreadful (and true) foresight.

Author response: I find it chilling to have foresight. I believe we all have it. Most of us pay no attention. Bless you for your kind words! Glad you liked it.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

Four fine drabbles about the friendship between Boromir and Theodred. Implications of slash, but nothing explicit; it might be only friendship, as the title suggests. Faramir is also featured, through Boromir's perspective. At one point Boromir has a prophetic dream, and Theodred makes a flippant remark that becomes equally prophetic. Very well written.

Author response: Thanks much. In my mind, Tolkien seems to have created these two to be ttogether - one eay or another.

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 3

A wonderful exploration of love between two friends and Boromir's love and worry for his gentler brother, but there is pride in him too. Interesting that he foresaw Faramir's near death. Liked seeing Theodred who passed all too soon.

Author response: Wish we had more of Theodred. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

I very much enjoyed this look at the relationship between the two heirs. The nature of their discussions was touchy and emotional, and I thought the author handled these drabbles very well. But Théodred's last line--it went right to my heart. Haunting.

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 3

A lovely set of drabbles with Boromir and Theodred discussing Faramir learning to wield a sword. Theodred’s last line sent shards of ice through my veins. Oh, if only they knew!