A Truth Universally Acknowledged

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: EdorasLass

2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor or Rohan - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Lothiriel is happy to assist her cousin Boromir in finding a bride; however, he has some rather stringent qualifications. A blatant rip-off from Austen and Shakespeare, as well as Tolkien.

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Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 9

This ficlet is really just so much *fun*. It's an inspired, clever take on the responsibility of Gondor's Heir to find a wife by way of Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and it works marvelously. Lothiriel is perfect as the sweet, young thing pestering her eldest cousin about getting himself a wife - I love how her definition of "responsibilities" in this context seems wholly focused on nothing but marriage, to Boromir's irritation, how she demands a laundry list of things Boromir wants in a woman (presumably so Lothiriel can go find him one), and I love how Boromir reels off that list in a manner that would do Benedick proud. I also like how amused Faramir is by the whole thing, laughing at both his cousin and his brother - though if I were him, I'd take care, for I'm sure Lothiriel will turn her match-making skills on him next! And this [“Well, that’s the point, isn’t it? What is there to choosing? You could toss a dart in that room and take whichever one claimed to be pierced in the heart. And make a good marriage of it as well. What is there to marriage, anyway?” ], while perhaps it comes across as a bit cynical, is extremely pragmatic of Boromir as well, for it's quite likely that he'll have to marry for political reasons, he knows it, and doesn't actually seem to be all that bothered by it. Even if he does have a penchant for tall, blue-eyed blondes. *giggle*

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 6

Ai, delightful! Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors outside of Tolkien, and so this riff on "Pride and Prejudice" was really fun for me to read. Of course I've seen my share of stories about Boromir and Faramir having Gondor's eligible daughters pushed toward them one after the other, but to hear Boromir lay out a list so similar (but yet distinct to Middle-earth) to Mr. Darcy's requirements, that earned a real chuckle from me. And the bit about preferring blondes was hilarious. (*whispers* And those of us who know the truth of the matter know that it's not just Lothiriel and Faramir who prefer members of the House of Eorl.) Like I said, delightful. This was a wonderfully cute and funny exchange for a Sunday morning.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 5

Heh heh! Matchmaking Lothiriel makes an appearance here, as she tried to persuade her cousin Boromir to do his dynastic duty. Unfortunately, she finds that there's no spark of romance in the Captain-General-one woman would do as well as another as far as he's concerned, only he doesn't have time to court any of them! Faramir is a highly entertained observer here, but he's not the current object of Lothiriel's matchmaking urges! A cute, short piece which does indeed make a nod to Austen. I loved that both Boromir and Lothiriel admitted a taste for tall, blue-eyed blondes!

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 4

[spoiler alert] A charming and delightful ficlet in the style of Jane Austen,which actually works very well. Lothiriel is curious why Boromir has not yet chosen a young lady and is horrified that he seems only interested in a wife as a brood mare. I wonder what Denethor would have made of faramir's choice,not being a Numenorean? I would have liked to hear more from Faramir in this ficlet but I loved the foreshadowing of Lothiriel's eventual bridegroom despite her youth at the time.

Reviewed by: Mechtild  ✧  Score: 4

Especially because I have read your Boromir/Théodred stories, I had to smile at this picture of Boromir being made to speak his views on his possible/probable/eventual marriage. The payoff, of course, is the ending, in which both he and Lothíriel confess their preference for tall, blue-eyed blondes. It is enjoyable to be able to wink with you over the shoulders of your characters, sharing in the fun.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This humorous piece had me giggling. Boromir, listing all the virtues his future bride should have to an audience of Faramir and Lothiriel sounds just like one of Austen's characters.

Reviewed by: Radbooks  ✧  Score: 3

An enjoyable little tale that is very well told. It sounds exactly like Boromir and yet I can definitely hear Mr. Darcy in it as well! Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen book and so to see it in this setting was fun. That would make a fun cross-over story... I mean a full length one. :) Very well done.

Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 3

A charming blend of Tolkien and Austen, with a touch of G. B. Shaw thrown in...Boromir in this reminds me not only of Darcy, but of a cantankerous Henry Higgins as well. The bantering among the cousins is great fun!

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 3

Very funny to think of these fine gentlemen drawing lots to select wives from the creme of society. Even funnier to think that Boromir is lacking in any way. This is a cute little story with a delightful twist at the end.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

[warning - some spoilers ahead] A delightful vignette wherein Lothiriel tries to play matchmaker, or at least pin down Boromir about what type of woman he would find suitable for marriage. Boromir's answers are very much in character; down to earth, realistic and intelligent, though occasionally amusing. Faramir's wry commentary is a plus.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

What kind of wife does the Steward's heir wish for himself, he who has a taste for tall, blue-eyed blondes? It is a taste shared by his cousin, they learn. Not in that ballroom will Boromir find his future mate, though.... Rather sad, knowing the fate the Captain-General faces, and the predilictions seen in his nature.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

Very amusing, particularly for its brevity. The author knows when not to belabour the joke. But seriously, folks, this is well cribbed, and originally arranged. A nutty bit of confection.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 2

My, but Boromir is a romantic! But then, as far as his bride was concerned, it would be rather a waste of energy, as I'm sure Denethor has a list ready. Prioritised, too.

Reviewed by: phyloxena  ✧  Score: 2

Nice and hilarious, and with a good pace. So, half of a crowded ballroom is fit to fulfill Boromir's high demands?