Boys Will Be Boys
2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Children
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A young Boromir confronts issues of leadership and mortality; Mag the Cook helps him along the way. Written for the "Change of Heart" challenge at LJ community tolkien_weekly.
Reviewed by: EdorasLass ✧ Score: 8
Oh, the hard-headed, proud, frustrating little scamp, getting himself injured on a *dare*! I would have to say that he probably deserves every bit of self-recrimination, in payment for the way his parents are probably frantic with worry for his recovery (not to mention how his poor Nanny must be driven right up the wall with anxiety), and I find it infinitely amusing that Boromir pretends to be asleep/unconscious for two days, rather than just face the consequences of his foolish escapade. It seems very fitting that Boromir's starting to become aware of his rank and what will be expected of him as he grows older, and that he's worried how this will impact other people's opinion of him. Ah, but Mag to the rescue with her marvelous food! Well she knows how abstract concepts such as embarrassment don't stand a chance against cinnamon and baked apples, especially to a small boy. And chances are good that he knows she won't scold him overly for his accident, as well. He's lucky to have her, especially as I'm sure everyone *else* he knows will definitely have a word to say about taking dares. :)
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Embarrassment as much as his injuries appear to have kept Boromir to his bed and asleep since his fall; but even he will awaken for Mags and her offerings. As always with Ann's works, so very much said in so few words, and said so effectively. One can see the child lying with his face to the wall refusing to respond to his father or the healers, but being drawn back to acceptance of life by the scent of cinnamon. Well, well done.
Reviewed by: Mechtild ✧ Score: 4
It is heart-warming to see Boromir portrayed as a child any reader could recognize, meeting adversity and trying hard to cope, with some sense of his dignity in tact. This is a lesson few are permitted to stop learning. And, throughout life, few cease to appreciate the consoling and revivifying effect of good things to eat, prepared and served with love. Hurray for Mag the cook, a healer in her own right.
Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion ✧ Score: 4
Boys do what boys do... even ones destined to be heroes. This is a charmingly reasoned snippet of Boromir's life, one that catches boyish thoughts in a fashion that will make many of us nod sagely... yes, we've all seen pride coming before a, in this case literal, fall... and the aftermath thereof. We know he gets better, we know he learns to cope and becomes a much admired Capatin-General... but observing part of the learning process is a quiet delight.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Boromir the Bold crosses the line between boldness and foolhardiness in the time-honored way of young boys, risking his neck on a dare; and reaps the consequences - pain and his own feelings of humiliation. Ann writes the young Steward's heir very well, capturing his brash, proud nature. And the ending is seriocomic and very effective.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
A thoroughly delightful tale of a childhood scrape and the over-reaction of youth. I could just see Boromir reacting this way. And that last line, "[Perhaps he would live, after all,]" had me chuckling outright. Very cute, Ann!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
This is so much fun--a young Boromir, willful and proud, just as he will be when he grows up. But he's still a boy, and Mag the Cook (who happens to be a perfectly *lovely* OC) still knows the way to a youngster's heart!
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 1
O to be a teenager, when all life-ending miseries could be solved with breakfast!