Boromir's Return

Author: Osheen Nevoy

Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

2011 Award Category: Romance: Gondorians - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: Boromir awakens from his death and finds himself in an unexpected situation. Written over a period of nine years, this novel traces Boromir's return to Minas Tirith and his re-integration into the plot of ROTK, and explores what might have changed in Tolkien's storyline if Boromir had remained active in the tale. Largely book-universe, with AU bits, but initially inspired by Sean Bean.

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Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 10

This is an excellently written story. It has everything you may wish in a good engrossing tale: adventure, battles, politics, intrigues, a bit romance and a satisfying ending. The story made me cry and made me laugh out loud. The characters are richly drawn, canon and original characters alike. The story is AU in that Boromir is revived after his death by a little water creature named Svip. It follows Boromir and Svip to Minas Tirith through the siege and the last days of the Third Age into the Fourth Age and Aragorn's first days of his reign. Naturally, the story changes with Boromir in the picture, but the author skillfully weaves him into the original and still has the major events in Tolkien's tale the same. I can recommend the story to any Boromir lover and anyone who likes stories about the Fellowship. They all make an appearance and have a part to play. Denthor makes a thoroughly unpleasant character until his reasoning is revealed in the cause of the story. When he makes his last stand, I had the feeling he redeemed himself, although it is too late. Boromir also at times cannot deny he is the son of his father (I could have sometimes grabbed him and shaken some sense into him), and Faramir also has some of the traits of his sire. I love the original characters, especially Svip. His journey from solitary, curious water dweller to being friend to Boromir and all that entails is touching. The other special "character", if you can call it that, is the River Anduin. It/he made a lasting impression on me. The picture of the River rising to take back what he deems is his and Boromir and his friends sacrificing Orcs to appease the River had me sitting here not quite believing what I had read. On the other hand we have the River Bruinen rising to swallow the Ringwraith, so why not.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 10

Very interesting start. One must start with the implausible to make Boromir live after what he suffered at Amon Hen. So this beginning works for me. The introduction of a new species in Middle-earth works well here if one considers that elves, dwarves, orcs, ringwraiths and a myriad of other creatures are new to say hobbits. The creature in this tale and his actions are skillfully written and are believable. Though the story is written from Boromir's point of view, the reader grows to first appreciate, then become involved with the creature, and finally to befriend the creature. This is a particularly moving and intense tale of loyalty, friendship, perceverance and love. Tolkien's characters ring true. The love between the brothers shines through. Aragorn's character is great. Imrahil is awesome. (We don't usually get to see him.) But what takes this from the ordinary AU tale of Boromir lives to a great read is the love, respect, and brotherly love that grows between Boromir and the creature (and between the reader and the creature). The creature worms its way into many hearts, not the least being the Steward Denethor. Though this is in the 'long story' classification, it is an easy read until you find you are hooked. There are many surprises, all logical. If you can't tell, I love this story and am most grateful once again to the MEFAs for presenting tales from places I would not ordinarily look or find!

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 5

There are many Boromir Lives stories in fanfiction but I have to say this is one of the more unique versions I’ve ever read. Osheen Nevoy’s knowledge of military fortifications and military protocol, as well as her knowledge of Middle-earth geography, make this a delightful read. The OCs are well drawn and believable and the CCs are very true to Tolkien’s description of them. The diversions from the actual events as we know them are logically extrapolated from one fact that Boromir survives (sort of) the attack at Parth Galen. This is definitely a page-turner and highly recommended.

Reviewed by: goldleaves  ✧  Score: 3

A glorious story telling of what would happen if Boromir was there at the end of the quest. It portrays the character of Boromir with brilliance and thought and makes him seem human even in a world that is magical and strange to the one we live in, by doing this he seems relate-able and even more likeable

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 3

I am reviewing before I finish the story, as the end of reviewing draws close. But return to finish it I surely will, as this is one of the most interesting Miraculously Alive! Boromir stories I have read.