Heirs of Gondor

Author: Ainu Laire

Nominator: aranelgoldenflower

2010 Award Category: Genres: Ficlet: Eriador or Shire

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A series of five ficlets describing Aragorn's and Boromir's first meeting in Rivendell, and how their relationship grew before the Fellowship left Imladris.(Five related ficlets.)

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Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 7

["No, we are not yet close, but perhaps by the end of the journey, we will be."] Aragorn and Boromir's careful interactions and thoughts about each other in this initial phase of their relationship making interesting reading. Aragorn is the man who will inherit (and surpass) the position that Boromir was raised for, while Boromir's good or ill will may make or break Aragorn's bid for kingship. Boromir, not a man for "poetics," as he puts it, nonetheless shares his thoughts with Aragorn about Aragorn's likeness to a portrait of Elendil, while Aragorn invites Boromir to observe the reforging of Narsil. Though both men maintain their distance, these careful overtures are significant gestures on the part of both men. At this earliest point Boromir is emphatically less interested in the Ring than he is in the Sword that was Broken, and our knowledge that the Ring will come to dominate his psyche, and that the shared journey Aragorn conceives will end in a very different place than imagined, lends a poignant quality to the narrative.

Reviewed by: Cairistiona  ✧  Score: 6

I really enjoyed reading these thoughts from Aragorn and Boromir about one another. Laire has handled both characters very skillfully and they seem to leap off the page. Writing in present tense also adds to the immediacy of each chapter; you wind up feeling as though you're sitting on each man's shoulder as he whispers his impressions about the other. Boromir and Aragorn dance around each other, testing, wondering, probing, evaluating... neither of them sure of what the other thinks. Knowing the fate of Boromir lends a sort of wistful feeling as I read, for the things both men wonder about never really come to pass, or at least, not in the way either of them anticipates. Boromir's fate underscores every thought with poignancy, especially as this is a very sympathetic treatment of a man who sometimes is maligned for his failings. Very well done!

Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 4

I am such a keen Boromir fan, that I am always in search of good tales that get into his head and heart. This story fits the bill perfectly! Not only have my wishes for an excellent book!Boromir been realized, but a marvelous Aragorn is here as well. What a fascinating and satisfying look at their developing relationship, told through the eyes of each one in turn. Definitely a must read for all fans of Boromir and Aragorn alike!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

This is a great series of ficlets. Each encounter is finely grafted to bring out the most important thing at that stage of their road to friendship. I love this. Both Aragorn and Boromir are characterized as equally strong men and their dance around each other to get to know the other man and what this will bring for the future is very well done. With a few words the scenes come to life. They brought back memories of the movies, the scenes in Rivendell. This is something all Aragorn and Boromir fans should read.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

A fine series of ficlets alternating point of view between Aragorn and Boromir, in which we see their first glimpses of one another and consider the questions each asks within his heart. What will be the welcome given Aragorn when he returns to Minas Tirith ahd Gondor? How should Boromir react to one shown to be as competent as Aragorn is? Does Aragorn love the daughter of Elrond? What might that presage? We may be left with more questions at this point than answers, but they merely whet our interest for more of the story.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

These are wonderful ficlet describing the beginning of friendship between Aragorn and Boromir. Ainu Laire describes their doubts about each other very well, as well as their accepting. I especially like that Aragorn invited Boromir to see re-forging of the Narsil.