Letter to Frodo

Author: AmandaK

Nominator: annmarwalk

2007 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Gondor or Rohan - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Boromir longs to asks Frodo's forgiveness but the hobbit is gone from Middle-earth forever. Faramir helps his brother to attain closure. Ties in with my Boromir!Lives AU "The Long Road Home" but can be read separately.

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 10

Although Boromir has spent many years seeking to expiate his guilt over his actions at Amon Hen, there is still one person from whom he seeks forgiveness. In this story, a “missing scene” from her novel “The Long Road Home,” AmandaK shows us how Boromir is able to express his remorse and attain a measure of absolution. One of the outstanding strengths of AmandaK's writing is her ability to elevate the slightest details of action, or description, or characterization to such a mesmerizing level. She sets her scene her so well that we can feel the summery white-heat of the City and the warm dusty dark of the Pelennor at night. We can easily visualize Boromir as he wipes away the sweat, both from the heat of the day and the emotional tension of writing the letter. We can taste that [wicked barley drink] Faramir offers him, to both soothe and hearten him. The details lend a rich sense of immediacy to the events and conversations unfolding around us. AmandaK does not share the contents of Boromir's letter with us, and this is wise, for the sacrament of confession should be a private matter. She has already shown us his acts of penance, during the long years depicted in her novel; now we are able to share in his absolution, his sense of peace in letting go of the past and moving with clear sight and purpose into the future.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 6

This is a wistfully touching story, with Boromir writing a letter to the already-departed Frodo, asking his forgiveness for the events at Amon Hen. It is a lovely notion, and I would think necessary for Boromir particularly - he tends to be so proud of his honour and valour that I would think feeling remorse and being unable to express it (to Frodo especially) would, indeed, always be a burden to him if he could not find a way to rid himself of that guilt. I like how Faramir unquestioningly presents a way to "deliver" the letter - he is absolutely right in that letters of that sort should be disposed of somehow, and not kept around for the author to read now and again, which would only bog the mind back down into guilt. And it is fitting that the ritual of burning the letter should take place very near Osgiliath, which is on its way to being restored to its former glory.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

Boromir has survived the War of Rings in this AU and regrets that he never could ask Frodo for forgiveness. Instead he writes a letter to Frodo. It is endearing to see him struggle with this letter. I know well the feeling of agonizing over the 'right' address to a letter. I liked Faramir's idea of sending the letter in a 'spiritual' way, since there is no post office in Valinor.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 3

Intriguing premise. I wish we could know if Frodo "received" the letter, but the actual ending leaves me with the same uncertainty as Boromir himself, which is an equally good choice.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A sweet vignette from AmandaK's Boromir Lives! AU; wherein Boromir, returned home at last, tries to reach out to Frodo, to whom he still feels a debt is owed. Faramir and Boromir's relationship is well written in an understated and believable way.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

[This review contains spoilers] This is an interesting tale. If Boromir did survive Amon Hen, I can very easily see him grappling with what he did to Frodo, and I found the writing and subsequent burning of the letter to be a very apt device to get to the heart of the matter. Boromir fans won't want to miss this one.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

If Boromir had indeed survived his ordeal and returned, what would he have wished to say to Frodo Baggins; and then how would he seek to communicate those thoughts and desires for forgiveness with Frodo gone from Middle Earth? A lovely moment of atonement, and mutual love between Boromir and his brother.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

What emerges from this story for me is not so the forgiveness Boromir seeks from Frodo, as the compassion that Boromir receives from his younger brother. Faramir seems to have extensive experience in this area and the reader cannot help but wonder where he got it.