Five Memories

Author: EdorasLass

Nominator: annmarwalk

2009 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Gondor or Rohan

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Implications of and references to m/m sex

Summary: Theodred and Boromir each reflect on moments during the time they have spent with each other.

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 10

Here we find Edoraslass's favorite pair of lovers, Boromir and Theodred, in all their various moods, presented in a series of brief, tandem snippets which are alternately romantic and heartrending and, well, funny. Lovely, thoughtful pieces such as this demonstrate that slash doesn't have to be just about beautiful men doing naughty things to each other - Edoraslass's lyrical writing demonstrates that its very best, this type of story can depict love as well as lust; friendship; affection; respect; trust, and the lovers' wonderful ability to relax together and laugh at themselves. Yet there's always a bittersweet undertone to any Boromir/Theodred story, for we know there is no happy future for these lovers (nor would not there be, even if they had both lived, except perhaps in some blissful Alternate Universe). For all their brief moments of joy, their burdens are never far from mind: ["I merely moved closer to him, and entwined my fingers in his. He did not explain, not at that time, but his shoulders slumped and a tremor went through him even as his hand tightened on mine."] This is Edoraslass's writing at its very best, demonstrating how perfectly she is able to convey the depth of their feelings, their relationship, in very few words, just as Boromir and Theodred themselves do. I miss Edoraslass's writing,and hope her muses will return soon from their extended sabbatical! There are many more Boromir and Theodred moments awaiting her deft and loving touch.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 10

One of the themes constantly explored by Boromir/Theodred writers is time, especially time together -- or perhaps rather its scarcity together. Duty and the accident of birth keeps them separated by distance, propriety exacerbates that by requiring they not acknowledge their relationship (in Gondor at least), and fate and canon assures that they will never enjoy the greater freedom afforded by the Third Age. It's hardly a surprise that "five memories" or "five moments" series like these should be so popular, and work so well for this particular "'ship." What is more surprising, perhaps, is the kind of moments EdorasLass chooses to explore this relationship. Given that it is a "pairing" one would expect there to be sex, and it is on the fringes of this story (implied and remembered more than portrayed); but EdorasLass shows how well she understands that truth, that the heart of a great romance is not so much the erotic but, well, heart. Even canon barely impinges here; on the one pair of scenes where Tolkien's events enter in (IV in both cases), it is Theodred's concern over his father rather than anger at Grima that's central. These flashes of life are vibrant, full of joy and humor and heartache, and very, very well told.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

EdorasLass strings together ten ficlets that range over a vast tract of emotional landscape - fear, disillusionment, loss, joy, contentment, and regret. Put them all together and especially when set in the light of other writings, and they make for a lovely, resonant chain of memories. It's a small thing, but I did rather like that these are not *perfectly* reciprocal stories: we do not simply get one side of a memory, seen through one partner's eyes, and then the other's view of the same incident. Sometimes that is the case, but there are other ficlets that only show one perspective. That, to me, helps make these feel more real - they highlight the fact that what each man remembers is different, not just perspectivally, but they have their own thoughts and are not a perfect match. Some incidents clearly stand out more to one than to the other.

Reviewed by: Oshun  ✧  Score: 5

There are a few writers, including in their number EdorasLass, Annmarwalk, and Korterion, who have created, while inspiring and instigating one another, marvelous characterizations and a complimentary set of circumstances around their invention of a close relationship between Theodred and Boromir (and who can really defend the position that it is not canon?--they've certainly convinced me). This is another worthy contribution to that genre and story verse that I very much enjoyed. It is warm, simple, human and, in light of their final fate in canon, heartbreaking to those with the knowledge that neither of them will survive the victory over Sauron in Middle Earth.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil  ✧  Score: 2

Passion, patience, longing, duty... would that we all could have a love like this once.... and I'm not generally a slash fan.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 1

Sensual without being explicit. Mood is conveyed well.

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf  ✧  Score: 1

Pathos mixed with humor.