On the Flood

Author: Acacea

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Original Characters

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: "The shards came severally to shore[...] The other was found spinning on the flood by one who had an errand on the water." A cloven half of Boromir's horn is found in the Anduin by one of his men.

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 6

A sad and lovely tale, the main focus of which, to my mind, was the desire to continue fighting even up to the edge of despair. There are so many dimensions to Acacea’s story – a soldier reflecting upon the loss of a revered commander; a brother pondering the losses suffered by his own family, as others, in defense of their city; a man of Gondor considering the impact of The Great River as mother, protector, and now, bearer of sorrowful tidings. The added layer of the tale of the frog in the well – mentioned only in passing here, but told in depth in another of Acacea’s stories - contributes to the bittersweet aspects here, as a Gondorian folk tale carries special significance to those to continue to battle against persistent odds.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 5

This story had a nice feel to it, sort of like Alawa's "A Jewel in the Crown". Your original character narrator was just so fully developed. He had a back story that seemed to extend beyond the limits of the screen, somehow. Sort of how the props department for the LOTR movies put so much much effort into things that might never be seen on screen, but gave the set a feel of realism. Your OC character was delightful. The riddle about the frogs (one my uncle also told me) was a very nice touch, and I loved the infusion of politics and strategy. All in all, a very enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

Very nice descriptive work in this vignette. The scene is set well, and through it, we come to know the original character. I like the way his personality is shown through his thoughts on his surroundings and his grief for his brother. It felt as though his character was being reflected back at us through the setting, and that tied the story together nicely. But I think the part I liked best was the idea of the mud sliding out from under him when he realizes what the river has brought and how bittersweet a giver it can be.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 3

A sad but interesting tale. It is very clever how you take one line of canon and turn it into such a tale. Your characterisation of the soldier is wonderful and cleverly done, through the piece you build up a picture of him. I like the way that you te this story in with your other story about the frog, it is an amusing link but fits well into the sotry.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

I loved the last lines, that sit in contrast to the idea that the sea never surrenders her secrets. Here, Anduin is more faithful, returning what it can of Boromir to his people.