Strangers in a Strange Land

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Pre-Ring War: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: On a rainy day in Meduseld, Boromir and Theodred discover a sign from the past.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

I like the parallel that Boromir draws between Éomer, a boy in a strange city, and Thorongil, the stranger serving far from home. The different reactions to Thorongil's erstwhile presence in Edoras - Théodred disinterested, Boromir all too eager to pursue the inquiry with Théoden - shows how a change of scene an atmosphere can make even the remarkable Captain Thorongil fade into the background. And of course, I love the irony: in Rohan, where he would've stood out physically like a torch in the dark, no one particularly thinks about him now; whereas in Gondor, where he was hardly distinguishable from the general population and very similar in appearance to Denethor, everyone remembers and wonders about him still.

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213  ✧  Score: 6

I'm quite taken with Marta's Théodred and Boromir, enough so that they (as a pair) have become as canonical as Maedhros and Fingon. In [Strangers in a Strange Land], Marta uses the device of an attic in Meduseld as a repository of the past. Through letters carved in a floorboard of the attic, memories emerge of an enigmatic captain who Boromir recalls serving with his grandfather, Ecthelion, but of Théodred has no recollection. Boromir's interest is piqued. Marta artfully draws out her character's inner thoughts as he considers just who this captain might be, and also his interest of what other things are stored in the old chest in the attic. A nice vignette for Marta's collection of Théodred and Boromir stories.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

An interesting tale that shows a friendship developing between the two young warriors of different countries: Boromir of Gondor and Theodred of Rohan. There are also cameos of Eomer and Eowyn as children. In discovering items from the past, Boromir finds himself remembering an enigmatic captain who once served Gondor. Boromir also finds himself thinking about what it means to be an outsider. This is a nicely-written, thought-provoking tale.