Leaves on the Wind

Author: Nancy Brooke

Nominator: unknown

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.

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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.