In His Brother's Shadow

Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: discussion of sex and mild adult themes

Summary: A glimpse at Faramir's youth - his first meeting with Gandalf and his relationship with Boromir. Seventh and last of the Steward's Family sequence.

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Celandine did a lovely job with this one. I think the paragraph where Faramir thought "I'm in my brother's shadow" was perfect for the ending and she could have stopped the story right there. But she didn't, and the ending was just as good. Faramir's feelings here were very realistic.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

And another first rendered for me by Celandine-I do believe this was the first story I'd seen that showed Faramir and Boromir adolescents, or rather, Faramir as an adolescent and Boromir as a young adult. This story is light on the foreshadowing of grief to come, which is a nice break for lovers of the brothers 'Mir. The relationship between Boromir and Faramir is nicely drawn, and I enjoyed Faramir trying to find his place in the world. It is certainly a quest we can all empathize

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

The description of Faramir's first meeting with Gandalf and the rendering of his relationship with Boromir. is nicely done. Celandine Brandybuck's Steward's Family sequence belongs to the fanfics I deem to function as my LotR-Appendix G. I like very much the lively descriptions of Faramir's introduction into Quenya letters or the meals in the hall. I have some quibbles though. Faramir is told to be 14 and Boromir to be 19. Now Faramir feels more like a hero-worshipping 10 year old not old enough to drink wine while Boromir, who joined file & rank with 18, is with 19 already an experienced and admired captain. I would expect 18 - rank & file, 19 - junior officer, 20 captain, 21 - minimum actual age. But you could simply let him start in rank and file at 14. Roman boys of noble military families started early in the army. Thus for me the two could and should be described as nearer in age (13 and 18). With 13 Faramir should already have also some critical thoughts about his brother. The talk about first love in the bath feels more like timid girls' talk than as boisterous boys' talk. Boromir's first experiences for me are real world experiences not Tolkien's AU experiences. For me Numenoreans, as Elves, marry once in their life and only with love. Otherwise the Gondorian kings could have married simply a suitable woman to produce a male heir as did so many human males. They did not and I believe the Dunedain also were not able to do so. Thus, brothel experiences and arranged marriages IMO do not accord with LotR. That Faramir ressembles his mother is fannon. Despite these quibbles I admire Celandine Brandybuck's first try in fanfiction immensely.