Letters From Faramir

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: agape4gondor

2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Boromir or Faramir - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Grief knows no boundaries, nor age, nor time. Letters from Faramir to Boromir - in hopes that he is still alive and will return. Angst.

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Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 10

These letters from Faramir, written to his brother, Boromir, while he is away on his journey, are simply precious! What an extraordinary look into Faramir’s heart they give us. The letters also provide the reader with much insight into what is going on in Gondor and especially in Minas Tirith, as well, as war prepares, and as the people wait for Boromir’s return – hopefully with an army at his back! I love how the series of missives begins with a letter from Boromir. The reader learns much about Boromir’s heart, as well, and even senses some of his misgivings as to what is to come. This letter sets off a series of replies from his loving brother, Faramir – replies that may never reach Boromir, but still they are important and vital for Faramir to write. I always feel that being able to express his love and concern and his sorrow at Boromir’s absence in this way must have been very helpful to Faramir, even therapeutic. Even though his brother Boromir is not present with him, he is still able to tell him the things that are on his heart and on his mind. Perhaps Faramir is able to express himself even more clearly than he might have been able to if Boromir had actually still been present with him! There is just something about writing a letter to a dear loved one that allows one to open the heart to him and to pour out one’s soul in an uninhibited manner. I really appreciate the way these letters follow the chronology of the tale, so that we know what is happening in Gondor, as well as within Faramir’s heart and mind. This gives a sense of reality and urgency to the series of letters. I have always loved this tale, and for me, these letters from Faramir are an indispensable part of my routine of reading Tolkien’s history!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

I write this as a serious storm approaches--the thunder has rolled for some hours now, and the rain has come and gone and should return soon with a vengeance. It fits the mood. There was, we know, great love between the two sons of Denethor. How terrible it must have been for Faramir to find himself drawn to the vision of the Elven boat drifting on the tide, seeing his brother's body lying, lapped in the water, as it made its long journey to the Sea, The catharsis of writing when grief assails I know, having used it myself. And this series of letters is marvelous in its gentleness. Faramir shines here, and to a lesser extent, so does Pippin. May the Brothers Mir ever shine in the firmament of our imaginations!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

I really liked the concept of this, of Faramir keeping up a correspondence with his brother, even after there was no chance that Boromir would ever read them. I loved the ones in which Faramir dictated them to Pippin. The letters were sad and funny, angsty and happy. The final letter was just perfectly lovely.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

Poor Faramir. So much courage, but so lonely. I'm glad Peregrin Took offered his support - he learned to love both of Denethor's sons. And then there was Eowyn - who probably proved to be the best of all possible outcomes. I like the letters.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A tender ode to the brotherly love of Faramir and Boromir, through the letters that Faramir writes his brother, both before and after he learns of Boromir's death. Interesting commentary by Pippin as well. An exercise in catharsis that Boromir fans should appreciate.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

These letters have some wonderful moments - how Faramir cannot bear to write the word 'death', and how he imagines Boromir with him coporeally so often.