The Portrait

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: Linaewen

2008 Award Category: Races: Men: Pre-Ring War Fixed-Length Ficlets

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

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: What can two sons possibly give their Steward-father at Yule?(Double drabble - 200 words per MS wordcount)

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Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 10

There is so much that I love about this short little tale! Boromir and Faramir are on a search for the perfect Yule gift for their father, and the suspense of that search is intense. Boromir knows what he is looking for, and is frustrated that he cannot find it. But he will not give up, and I would not expect him to do so. Not Boromir! Faramir does not seem to have figured out what Boromir has in mind, but he nevertheless follows him confidently. Even in a tale of so few words, Agape4gondor can give us a clear glimpse into that brotherly relationship which is so special between these two men! The suspense of the search mounts as it seems Boromir has found what he is looking for – but no, not yet. But finally, the place Boromir is looking for is found, and Faramir at last understands. Tears fill my eyes just as they do Faramir’s eyes, every time I read this story. What is special about all this is that Agape4gondor never comes right out and tells us what that gift is which the two brothers have finally discovered after a long search. But we can supply our own guesses, and it is very satisfying to be able to do so. I feel as if I had been searching along with Boromir and Faramir on their quest for the best gift ever, and when it is located, I feel the same joy and wonder as the two brothers must feel! I suspect Denethor will have a hard time keeping his tears to himself when he is presented with such a gift, not only because of the gift itself, but also because of the obvious love and intimacy that will be shared between him and his boys when he realizes how they wish to honor him at Yule. This is a glorious story that will never cease to move me!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

A gentle depiction of the brothers Mir as Boromir seeks the proper Yule gift. One is left to imagine the subject of the gift found, but clearly Boromir and Faramir feel it is perfect for their father. The tension of the search is well drawn, as well as the disappointment when they do not find what Boromir seeks. Good use of ambiguity to draw the reader into the story. Very nice.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 4

In this drabble, Agape has created a crisply characterised snapshot of the Steward's sons, especially Boromir, whose restless energy, impatience, wit and kindliness shine through. A charming insight into one of the more functional moments of a somewhat dysfunctional family. (And my own reaction – perhaps I'm mistaken! - is that that the titular picture, a gift for their father, is of their mother Finduilas.)

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

A nice thought, Agape. I like the image of Boromir the hunter here, having an idea fixed in his head and searching until he could meet it in the outside world. Extra points for using [nonplussed] correctly!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

I love this little double-drabble--what a thoughtful gift! I'd love to see a follow-up where we see Denethor's reaction.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

awfully thoughtful gift from young warriors

Reviewed by: Avon  ✧  Score: 1

I liked the descriptive touches - it seemed very real.