Author: Cinzia

Nominator: Galadriel

2008 Award Category: Races: Men: Steward's Family

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: chaste kissing between brothers

Summary: An early morning in Ithilien, in the year 2999 of the Third Age. Two brothers at the end of a forest, of night, and of childhood.

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Reviewed by: Galadriel  ✧  Score: 6

This story is skillfully presented and moves from quiet sweetness to a sad foreshadowing of what is to come. As a reader, a sense of foreboding starts to sneak in underneath and colour the tale until one cannot help but feel one's heart squeezed in the same grip that has Faramir worrying for his brother's future. Cinzia not only uses language like a master artist, but she also provides an impressive number of signposts that subtly mark future events. This story is as painful as it is beautiful, and I felt tears prickling behind my eyes as I read it. Boromir's promise to always return is especially poignant in light of how he will finally be reunited with his brother and without being healed by the King. The contrast between the brothers as children and the parting they are on the verge of as one becomes an adult is absolutely heartrending. Beautifully done.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 3

The author gives an incest warning for this story, and it could be read in that way, or it could not. While movie-verse, I think it depicts the loving relationship between the Brothers Mir in a way that is true to the books as well. Faramir obviously worships his older brother and Boromir's protectiveness is very evident.

Reviewed by: Savageseraph  ✧  Score: 3

I really adore the feelings between the brothers that you've captured here: the warmth, the caring. The soft, sweet sensuality also fits very nicely. The setting at the waterfalls by the Forbidden Pool conjured a strong sense of the visual place of the fic, as did the sun rising and the eagle in flight in the morning sky.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

some things need delayed for thank you for this tender loving moment.