Memories in the storm

Author: Ellynn

Nominator: Antane

2011 Award Category: Drama: Family

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In the night he becomes a father, Faramir remembers one night from his childhood and his mother. Written for Teitho May contest: "Mothers".

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Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 5

I always find myself swallowing hard and reaching for the tissues when I read this one. That our loved ones live on in our children and in our memories is a theme you've explored so poignantly here. It's tugs on the emotions in all the right ways. Faramir and Boromir as young boys still grieving their mother come across as sympathetic but not overly sweet, and the affection between them feels absolutely real and not cloying or overly sentimental. If the first half of the story hadn't been written so well, the second half would have felt far less moving, but the joy of this piece is that the entire thing is well done from beginning to end. A story well worth reading again and again!

Author response: Aww, thanks for the praise you gave me! *hugs*

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 4

A sweet story first of Faramir and Boromir as lads, missing their mother and wondering if she is still with them somehow, the elder comforting the younger during a storm. It continues with Faramir becoming a father himself, a loving, gentle man now, and still hoping his mother is with him so she can see. Loved also Aragorn's words about her and the friendship he and his Steward have.

Author response: Thanks for the review, I am glad you like this. :)

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

Dear Ellyn, this is a lovely juxtaposition of two touching scenes, one involving a very vulnerable young Faramir and one a Faramir strengthened by wisdom and experience. The terror of a lonely room in the dark can be bad enough for a small child even without the loss of his mother, how much more in this case. Just as well that there is a warm and welcoming bed for him to climb into. Faramir’s son, I am sure, will also always have a nightly refuge.

Author response: I am sure of that, too. Thanks, I am glad you like the story. :)

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A touching story in which young Faramir grieves for his mother and then many years later thinks of her when his own child is born. I especially liked the way that first Boromir and then Aragorn was sensitive to Faramir's feelings. Anyone who has lost their beloved mother will be touched by this moving story.

Author response: Thank you for your lovely review.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Faramir remembers his mother, and how he grieved for the loss of her, when his first child is born. He also remembers the brother and father he has lost, and, with a little emotional support from Aragorn, is filled with comfort and quiet joy at the continuation of life in the form of his new infant son.

Author response: Thanks for the review. ;)

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 1

A nice look at the cycle of grief, which truly touching thoughts on the part of Faramir.

Author response: Thanks! :)