An Old Song

Author: alex_quine

Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)

2011 Award Category: Men: Boromir

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Winter is approaching and Boromir, wounded in body and spirit, is becoming desperate to find a refuge for him and the child. A chance visit to an inn provokes painful memories, but the inn-keeper would trade Boromir's labour for a hot meal for the boy. This is a prequel fic to the 'Cold Pressing AU' - before Boromir's return to Minas Tirith.

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Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 10

From the first words of this wonderful story, the reader is drawn into the author's incredible storytelling web. As I have become accustomed to from this writer, alex_quine weaves this tale through the fibers of Middle-earth, crafting her unique and compelling universe that I always want to revisit and learn more of. This is an absolutely stunning piece; moving and beautiful with perfect phrases and images. We first meet Boromir (in my favorite incarnation – miraculously!undead Boromir) as a lone stranger along the road, retelling a tale with such vivid detail it moves the landlord to offer him food and a place to sleep for the night. He then is sent on an errand to pick up flour from the mill in exchange for some food for the road. But at it's heart, this is the story of how Boromir meets Nan, the mill-wife, and is a great introduction for anyone who is new to the author's Cold Pressing universe. He helps her fill the order and she invites him and Arin, his son, back to stay. In this meeting we discover the quintessential Boromir, the strong and honorable man he always was at heart before the Ring cast its spell on him. The two of them find a home with each other, more than merely company or a roof to sleep under or a helping hand at the mill. At one point the mill-wife says that the cider she drinks with Boromir will be the last, that [it's the end of an old song]. This story shows the end of both of the songs they have been living and the beginning of a new one they will begin to compose together. It is beautiful and something I highly recommend everyone read and enjoy.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 5

THIS is why I love the MEFAs! You find wonderful stories, hidden away like in an old library, and you pull one out and next thing you know, it's morning. And then you grab an apple and another book and the cycle begins again. Such is this tale. It seems impossible that this is Boromir, but it is. What has gone before to have so marked him... The deep sadness within him is palpable. Yet, he is still a gentleman. And bears himself well. And treats others with respect. Oh - I love it! And the old woman - can't wait to read the next tale for I think she's in it too. Courageous and yet frail-seeming. She recognizes a gift when she sees one - and Boromir is such a gift. Love this tale. Love this writer's gift.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a beautiful little tale. I could see the evening at the inn vividly in my mind. The mill-wife is an interesting character. It seems that Boromir has found a place to stay for a while.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

This is a very interesting AU in which Boromir lives but does not return to Gondor, instead wandering though Middle Earth.