Where the Trees Touch the Water

Author: shegollum

Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)

2011 Award Category: Men: Aragorn - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: This is a standalone piece focused on Aragorn's feelings of loss - yet of hope as well - after Boromir has fallen.

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Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 10

If I were looking for a great example of poetry as prose this would be it. This has been infused with some of the most beautiful phrases, some of the most gorgeous language, the emotions and images come to life before your eyes. The author manages to convey the deep wells of longing, love, mourning and loss, giving us in so few words an amazing character study of Aragorn and a lovely glimpse into the relationship between him and Boromir. As shegollum says, theirs is an untold story in this life, but the hope and certainty that their time will come shines through. You get the sense that for the rest of his life Aragorn is going to be singing both of their songs, taking with him the essential Boromir, everything that made him special and important to Aragorn and others who loved him. It speaks so much of the deep bond between them, of the weight and pain of his loss, and of a future where they'll be able to once again walk the earth together. Trying to think of which lines to quote is a futile exercise as I would end up merely copying the entire ficlet into this review. Every sentence, every paragraph, is filled with visceral treats. This is a story told from the heart, written by someone with a great gift for language and painting pictures with words. Very moving and something one can read over and over, always discovering new gems.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 4

Regardless of what we might think about Aragorn/Boromir as a pairing, Boromir's life was cut short far too soon, violently and in the prime of his life. The relationship that he and Aragorn might have had otherwise, whether as lovers, or friends, or steward and king - that story is untold. Still, there is a Hildegard of Bingen sensibility at work here: [All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well.] This is a passionate paeon to someone who is lost, and who is loved, by someone who still feels the beloved's presence as a tangible thing: [When the stars shine through the trees, I know you have found me again. It is only a matter of time, my dear one, and time is as malleable as anything else. We’ll be together to finish what was begun.] Lovely and comforting to read.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

This was so touchingly beautiful. Though the piece is short, shegollum managed to capture Aragorn's thoughts in a delightfully lyrical way that left me wanting more. Very beautiful--one of the best Aragorn character studies I've had the privilege to read.