Author: Destina_Fortunato

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: mentions consummated relationship

Summary: Every man needs something to believe in. Slash fic.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

If I ever wanted to try to convince someone that Aragorn/Boromir is plausible, this is the fic I would point that person towards. Written in a temple, what we have here is a confession at a transitional moment for Boromir, between past pride and present resolution to have no more of standing alone. The need for belief wars with the knowledge that tales are not enough, that reality is always the betrayer of lofty ideals, and that even evil may not seem so alarming (this part will make Boromir fans shiver in anticipation, but it was a nicely handled look at the Ring from Boromir's perspective, and all in a short paragraph!). How is it possible for an individual to serve the needs of a proud man who does not, I think, wish to admit he needs someone to believe in for purpose, that his own native courage and strength not be rendered meaningless? This is the central question of this work, I think, and it is to the author's credit that she treats the relationship between Aragorn and Boromir in the same manner she treats the Ring: great things do not always have the appearance of greatness, and love doesn't come with trumpets to announce it, and yet it is the easiest thing to attain in the end. That parallel with the Ring, however, casts a certain doubt on this fairly understated relationship-the difference between greed and genuine love is thin, and the author deliberately puts the two next to each other, leaving me to wonder whether in the end, this relationship, too, will be shown to be flawed to its core. We're not given the end of the story, but left simply with the question, which, I think, makes the story that much more powerful.