Author: Galadriel

Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)

2011 Award Category: Alternate Universe: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Sexual Content

Summary: At Yuletide, Aragorn counts his blessings. This story is an AU to Alex Quine's own AU series, Cold Pressing. In it, Boromir is alive and has (miraculously) born his and Aragorn's child, Arin. After a long separation--during which Aragorn was not aware Boromir still lived, nor Arin existed--the two are reunited and Boromir is integrated back into the court of Gondor.

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Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 10

Through extraordinary writing, creating beautiful phrases that sing off the page, caras_galadhon shows us how Yule time celebrations can at times feel superficial to someone who has seen so much suffering and death during the season and in his lifetime. And all the pomp and circumstance that mark the celebrations can seem excessive and not in keeping with his role as someone who takes only so much as he needs to survive and gives everything else to others. This Aragorn is introspective and thoughtful, his mind occupied not with the merriment of the season but with memories of the fallen, of all who sacrificed everything in order for the kingdom to have the freedom to celebrate. But the emotion that dominates his thoughts, and gives us the theme for the story, is being grateful: thankful for all the gifts he's been given, specifically in the form of the ones he loves. One can imagine a daily ritual where he systematically gives thanks for the people in his life that matter most. It's a beautiful idea very lovingly portrayed by the author. These lines - [but as Hope incarnate, he was expected to give, not receive. This lesson had been driven into his mind over and over as a child, both by his mother and by his foster-father, until it was imprinted behind Estel's eyes, exhaled in his every breath.] – really gave me pause. I have always seen Aragorn as someone who believes in service, in giving all that he has for the betterment of others. But I don't think it ever struck me as clearly until reading this. He was born to give hope, to help people in their hour of need to not give up, to always know that the sun will rise tomorrow. Apart from the rest of the story, I was very appreciative for this small piece and how it opened another door into the character for me.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 2

Yule can be a difficult season for many. Aragorn feels it keenly. Yet through all the tumults of life, he knows what gifts he has been given. A tale that gently teaches gratitude.