Too Late for Misgivings

Author: shadow975

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The parting of Boromir and Faramir, in which the brothers again address the question of which of them should go to Imladris.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I always wondered what that conversation might be like. I think you got it. Well done.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Shadow975 captured this moment well, and the reasons for the choice, too. Each brother defended his position in just the manner I would have thought they would, and their love for each other showed, and their acknowledgement of Denethor's love for each (given in far different measures) as well. It nearly brought a tear to my eye.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a story that has been done again and again and again, but Shadow975 somehow manages to make it sound fresh and new. How, I'm not sure. I think a part of it might be due to the role reversal that goes on. Faramir is more assertive than usual. We're told in the books that he is bold, and we see it here. By contrast, Boromir seems more reserved, and in his words is a wisdom that usually comes from Faramir. It's a good reminder that these are brothers and they come from the same stock. Boromir might not use his mind as a scholar, but he does have a mind and it's a good one. The dream came to him as well, after all. I love the foreshadowing in this story and how Boromir has a bit of foresight of his own, especially when it seems that Faramir's foresight hasn't given him anything into the journey beyond Imladris. Very nice retelling of a familiar story.

Reviewed by: Avon  ✧  Score: N/A

Shadown writes fine bleak stuff and this story is no exception. I love the way she bends and adapts the language and its rules to suit what she wants to convey.