2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Memories of a rainy day in Minas Tirith -- Faramir, Boromir, Imrahil, Elboron, and a blue mantle.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 7
I have often wondered how it was that Faramir came to have Finduilas's cloak. I can see Denethor putting it into storage (if he didn't destroy it), but in that case I don't think Faramir would naturally think to retrieve it, especailly so soon after Denethor's death. If it was sent to Dol Amroth Faramir wouldn't have any easy access to it, and if Boromir had kept it he wouldn't have had any good reason to give it to Faramir before seeking Rivendell; after all, it wasn't like he thought he would die. This story provides a very neat explanation for how Faramir, who had only the haziest of memories concerning Finduilas, came by the cloak. It's also a beautiful tale about instilling memories of the past in his son, and about the value of legacy. And besides, it has a realistic portrayal of Denethor without making him into a monster -- something I appreciate very much! All in all a good tale.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
Out of all the characters in LotR, Faramir seems to wander down memory lane most often. And he always seems to visit the same memories. Or the same types of memories. But thankfully, this story is different. Its still Faramir and its on the subject of Boromir, Denethor, and the blue cloak -- which is familiar ground -- yet this story has an original feel to it. Perhaps its Boromirs association with the blue cloak and the inclusion of Imrahil. Perhaps its the way this cloak is given new meaning and depth through the course of the tale. Perhaps its a combination of several elements, but however it was done, this story feels fresh and new. I love the characterization of Faramir, and I love the idea that Boromir saved the cloak and kept it a secret from even his brother, only asking for help when there was no other option. Very well written story, and thank you for breathing life into a tale that is sometimes over-told.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A lovely tale. I like the contrasts between Faramir's memories and his current interactions with his famly. The differences show very well, the differences in the two families. You have characterised everyone well and it is a cleverly told tale. It is nice to see scenes of Faramir being happy.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 2
I like this history of the blue mantle. It draws together the generations of this family. Nice insight into the relationship between Faramir and Boromir.