Boring Afternoon

Author: Ellynn

Nominator: Linaewen

2011 Award Category: Humor: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: On a boring afternoon, when all other plans for playing are ruined by rain, eight years old Boromir is trying to have some fun by testing his drawing skills in the Great hall... just when important visitors come to have a meeting with his father.

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Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 10

What a splendid story this is, full of wee Boromir's antics -- and grown Denethor's as well! In Ellyn's marvelous tale, Boromir is eight years old and bored out of his mind for something to do when a rainy afternoon keeps him indoors and away from his planned play with a friend. Denethor, too, is bored with the day he has been saddled with, which involves politics and dealing with a no-nonsense delegation from Lebennin. I love this glimpse into the mind of Denethor as much as I adore little Boromir's brilliant and naughty plans for fun. Boromir is obviously an apple who has not fallen far from the tree -- in other words, Denethor was no doubt as mischievous as Boromir in his younger days (this is strongly implied at one point in the story when Denethor is discussing his son's antics with his wife, Finduilas, and is remembering how dangerous decorative axes can be!). Even in these current days, Denethor is still sensitive to opportunities that provide amusement, and he takes full advantage of Boromir's prank in order to provide for himself some amusement at the expense of his visitors. Denethor, at least, knows how far to take it without going too far; Boromir has not yet learned that kind of restraint! I am particularly impressed by the wisdom Denethor and Finduilas show as they contemplate Boromir's punishment. Boromir believes that his parents are too serious and surely don't understand what it is like to be young and bored -- however, they understand very well, and take that into account as they design his penance. Boromir has the best of both worlds in the end -- he is duly punished and sees it as punishment, yet afterwards realizes how much worse it could have been and learns a valuable lesson and a new skill in the process. Even so, he is still eight years old, and we know for a fact by the end of the tale that there will be other boring afternoons ahead of him when his cleverness and intense need for action will be put to good use. Denethor, no doubt, will be ready for him!

Author response: Aww, thank you! One more time you put tears of joy in my eyes with such a kind review and words of praise. Thanks so much, dear friend! *hugs*

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 5

Oh my goodness, Ellynn, and I though my children were bad for doodling on the wallpaper! But of course Boromir, being Boromir, would have to do something a little grander than the average child! This is a delightful plot-bunny and you have realised it with warmth and charm. And who is to say that Denethor didn't have a sense of humour, back in the days when Finduilas was still alive? The unusual punishment is a nice way to finish the story. Now, I'd better make sure that my children don't get any funny ideas - there are venerable statues in front of the library...

Author response: So, I suppose you won't show this story to your children? *lol* Thanks for the review, dear, I am so happy for your kind words.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 5

I just loved this warm hearted and delightful story. I could just imagine young Boromir getting into this sort of mischief! Although, it is hard for me to imagine Denethor laughing, I'm sure he was far less grim when Finduilas was alive and Tolkien tells us that he was a doting father to Boromir. Little Boromir, so bored by being cooped up in the rain, felt very real to me. I liked the way Denethor made the punishment fit the crime. How I wish I could have seen the statue and Boromir's handiwork! Life must sometimes have been rather lonely for these two little boys and surely they got into mischief sometimes! A most enjoyable read.

Author response: Thanks so much, dear!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A cute little story about a very cute little Boromir and his mischievous streak, and Denethor also having a mischievous streak. Unusual characterization for the dour 26th Steward of Gondor, but it works in the context of the story; and the parallel strategies of Boromir and Denethor to alleviate boredom make sense. And I would imagine that Denethor is right about mischievous eight-year-old boys being dangerous to works of antiquity...

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

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

A charming look at a young Boromir. Childhood fics are always a lot of fun, and this one is no different. I've always liked seeing what sort of mischief Tolkien's characters got into when they were younger.

Author response: Thanks, I am happy for your review. :)