Too Soon a Tomorrow

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Romance: Gondorians

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Sexual Content

Summary: On his way to Rivendell, Boromir and Theodred meet one last time.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 9

One of the things that interests me when it comes to slash in LOTR-land is how the dynastic politics are handled - assuming, of course, that the pair in question are highly ranked enough to have to worry about that. Boromir and Théodred definitely qualify, and if the choices they consider and are forced to make are not the ones one might wish, they fit the political world the characters have to live with and in. That gives the ending its bittersweet resolution, as the two of them confront Boromir's westward quest, marriage, secrecy, children, and the foul political situation that Gríma has created in Edoras. For readers who need this pairing to be established, this story may not fit the bill; but if the reader likes this couple already (having been persuaded in the past of its possibilities) or is open to it regardless, then it's a lovely, anxious piece. It's nice to think Boromir and Théodred had one last opportunity to meet, and that it would be away from Edoras and prying eyes, on Théodred's turf as the Marshal of Helm's Deep. Well-drawn, Marta!

Reviewed by: Himring  ✧  Score: 4

Marta is good at imagining and describing how such a relationship, that is between Boromir and Theodred, might develop and work out, given the cultural differences that divide Gondor and Rohan and the political issues of the time. This is a sad parting, but shows clearly that respect, affection and understanding underlie the bond between these two and not merely passion.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 3

I was looking for another tale to review. One from an author I hadn't yet done. But when I saw the 'hook' for this one, I had to stop and puruse. Glad I did. I do so love a good Boromir / Theodred tale. This is exquisite in its subtlety. Yet, Marta is mistress of the subtlety. Boromir's chance statement is enough to give one the shivers though. Well done!