Leaves on the Wind
Author: Nancy Brooke
2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Letters from Faramir to Boromir before the last defense of Osgiliath.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Chathol-linn ✧ Score: N/A
Great title for a series of letters. They sound realistic - except I think when Faramir said "Brother I have Failed you" it was out of character. Sure Faramir is a sensitive guy, but I just didn't see why he would think himself a failure, given the circumstances and given he was writing to Boromir. Now if he had been talking to Denethor, that would be different. Anyway, the five letters do a good job of disclosing the slowly worsening military situation. The reader feels for Faramir, whose guesses about the future are somber and chilling. I liked it.
Reviewed by: Fourth Moon ✧ Score: N/A
What I liked best about this story were the contrasting pictures used to represent Boromir and Faramir: the swordsmen and the archer, traveling under the sun and under the moon, Anorien and Ithilien.... In the rest of the story, too, the language is beautiful, if a bit to twisted now and then. Now and then the language stroke me as a bit too ornate for a fighter (even Faramir), but the content of the letters and the sense of poetry in the language are in perfectly in character with Faramir.