Sarn Gebir

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: agape4gondor

2007 Award Category: Genres: Adventure: Fixed-Length Ficlet - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Frustration fills Boromir as he tries to save his companions.(Quadrabble - 400 words per MS Word)

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 6

Ah, this was delightful! Boromir really is in his element here; the whole passage (up until the very last line) reminded me of the line in the appendices that he prefers the company of men-in-arms. I do think he thrived when there was something to protect, a simple plan of action he could implement and see doable steps to achieve some end. All of the cloak-and-daggers of the Fellowship just would not suit him, and it's easy to see why the Ring would wear him down. But then that last line. Ah! It put such an edge on the entire piece. Even when action is required, he can't have lasting peace from the Ring trying to wedge its way into his heart, which is sad, tragic even. That last line transformed this vignette, and it left me thinking.

Reviewed by: Firya  ✧  Score: 5

Very tense writing and an agitated and vivid Boromir. This is those moments belonged to the Captain, though the Ring wouldn’t cease its temptation even at that time. As the above reviews mentioned, Boromir was more an action man. I wonder had the fellowship had a clear plan not some ambiguous and uncertain future when they lingered on the bank of Anduin, would it be easier for Boromir to just follow orders and do what a warrior should do. Alas, the Ring was far craftier than that. And here I feel sorrier for Boromir the misplaced hero, because he could sense the stir of evil but still couldn’t hold himself.

Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel  ✧  Score: 5

(Possible spoilers within:) This is a chilling vignette of one small part of the journey of the Fellowship, and also an interesting character sketch of Boromir, at the point where the Fellowship's boats almost founder at Sarn Gebir. Boromir seems to have a very low opinion of Aragorn's leadership, especially after they blunder into the shoals and the ambush at the rapids. It takes enormous strength to get them away from the rocks against Anduin's current, and Boromir wishes he had more solid Men of Gondor to help. That is telling, as is the last line, hinting that he is being unduly influenced by an external force.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

This ficlet recalls the desperate minutes on the Anduin when the Fellowship unexpectedly came across the rapids at Sarn Gebir from Boromir's point of view. I like the characterization of Boromir. He is a man of action. He doesn't care how they could be already that far. They hit the rapids and he wants to get out of there immediately. But Aragorn is their leader and so he waits in frustration.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 4

Gives a strong sense of urgency, of the tension of the moment. Boromir's alertness, his stress, his concern for the others' welfare, his ability as a leader who looks after those who are in his care, are very clear. A nice gap-filler for this moment in their journey, especially as the undercurrent of tension between him and Aragorn at this moment in time is also subtly evident.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 4

The author captures Boromir very well here, especially his uncomfortable relationship with Aragorn. Boromir defers to his rightful lord but only so far; when action can no longer wait he takes the initiative, as he has been used to doing all of his life. My favourite part of this series was Boromir's obvious concern for the hobbits - that the arrow nearly striking Merry was the final impetous he needed to manage that final burst of strength to turn the boat. A very good character study!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

I really enjoyed this. It is rich in detail but curtailed in perspective thus giving us Boromir's own narrowed view of the crisis. And not until the end does that perspective relax to let in that final knell of the ongoing inner crisis.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 3

What I like best about this piece is that Boromir, even though he was under constant assault from the Ring, overrode It's compulsive voice and managed to do what needed to be done. The strength of Boromir's character is very evident here. He is decisive, protective, strong of will and of limb, and the author's understanding of the character is unmistakable.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Ah, there in the Sarn Gebir Boromir proved the hero. Yes, he's sworn to protect the Hobbits, and he will do his best; but there is yet one problem he faces.... Communicates the mood well.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A fine action vignette with a sobering and bracing ending. We can see the strength and determination that made Boromir so beloved in Gondor; and his familiarity with boats comes through well here.

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 3

Boromir's strength of character here is really evident in this story and was his frustration in being a follower when he is used to being a leader. Very good story and an excellent characterisation of complex Boromir.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took  ✧  Score: 1

Nice little hint there at the end that Boromir was already feeling the pull of the Ring.