Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: annmarwalk

2009 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Faramir has planned his own fifteenth birthday celebration; Boromir has some doubts. (A rather loose interpretation of the "pitcher" challenge at Tolkien_weekly)

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

Heh heh. Quite possibly Boromir didn't think his baby brother would take an interest in something like this. It's always fascinating to recognize that younger siblings aren't so young anymore, and on that note, I wonder what Denethor would think if he knew where his boys were. And I wonder how long Faramir has been going to watch the dancing. Clearly he knew about this ahead of time, because it was his suggestion that they go to the tavern. And just as clearly, Boromir didn't know what he was in for or he wouldn't have been fighting boredom for the first part of the drabble. Just what has Faramir been up to? And how did it escape Boromir's attention? A fantastic drabble that extends beyond its hundred words and very neatly alludes to a mysterious back story of Faramir entering adolescence.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A sweet picture of teenaged Faramir growing up faster than Boromir had anticipated. My own interpretation is that it was the combination of interesting music and exotic dancing that stirred Faramir's interest, but the reader can draw her/his own interpretations. A lovely drabble that touches on the beginning of change in a sibling relationship. And great description of unusual music and dance!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Last year I wrote a drabble in which the twins El realize their "little brother" is indeed a man grown as well as newly crowned High King of the West and fully deserving. In this drabble Ann has done much the same for Faramir, showing how Boromir first realizes his little brother has managed to leave childhood behind and now shows a man's appreciation for sensuality. It is ever a bit of a shock to realize that the child we cherished is no longer a child after all, and it can take a bit of getting used to. Lovely to see in Boromir, I think!

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion  ✧  Score: 4

Ann has an enviable talent for catching the nuances of human, and particularly young men's feelings. In so very few words she has encapsulated the scene, Boromir's elder brother indulgence of his little brother's whims, and his dawning understanding that perhaps Faramir is not as 'little' as he had always thought of him. And just as easily she has given us a brief and cogent insight into the young lord's growing sense, or perhaps realisation, that there is more to life than books and sword practise after all!

Reviewed by: White Wolf  ✧  Score: 3

Leave it to a fast rhythm and swirling silks (on shapely women)not only to point to the growing maturity of a young man, who is watching and appreciating but also to make an older brother take notice of that maturity.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 2

Hehe. They're not even that far apart in age, but there's always this thing that the older don't understand the musical taste of the younger ones!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 1

Ahh! I like how Boromir's revelation occurs simultaneously to the reader's.

Reviewed by: Robinka  ✧  Score: 1

Younger brothers can be full of surprises! :) Very amusing. Very well done. Thank you.