River of Fallen Stars

Author: Fileg

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Cross-Cultural

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Faramir and Pippin see stars in the Anduin as they share some old ghosts and a bottle of wine.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

We so rarely get to see Pippin's more mature side in fics, and I'm very grateful that Fileg writes the hobbit so well. Faramir is also excellent in this story, and I enjoyed the references to stars and the comparing of cultures and how they view the stars. It's a very quiet piece but a very moving one for not only Pippin and Faramir but also for Boromir, who gets some remarkable characterization despite the fact that he's dead. Now that's talent.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I loved most the imagery in this story, the stones from the dome and the stories they told, and the river rushing forward to meet the setting sun. It shouldn't come as too big a surprise though, Fileg is also a poet.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

Very nice story with the Gondorian constellations Archer who defends and who hunts to support a family (representing in my mind Faramir) and the Swordsman (aka Orion) who defends Arda from the dark (evocating in my mind Boromir). Nicely done is Boromir's explanation why he and not Faramir came to Rivendell, that he hoped to be as an broadsword a means to end the war but that he wanted to ensure that Faramir as the healers knife would be there to lead Gondor back to life. Very haunting is the last paragraph where the Swordsman below the waterline reaches for the Archer who has a foot below the water but who managed through the years to somehow keep his head above water. This story has the precursor "As Truly as the Arrow Flies".