Imladris Interpreted

Author: Aeneid

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Poetry - Third Place

Story Type: Poem  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Boromir and Faramir have a dream. They seek counsel from their father. Tension, insults, loud blinking, advice and some funny words. Written in free-verse poetry.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 8

"Mindless senseless troll, arrogant
bastard!" "Useless whimsy runt!" "Neeeargh!" "Oof!" This section to me captured the heart of what was a brilliant poem. It had almost a Mystery Science Theatre quality to it, only it wasn't inserting comments in the usual way. Aeneid took the fanons about the first family of Gondor and had the characters themselves insert those comments subtextually. Like where Boromir calls himself stronger, taller, and bolder, and then says parentheticeally, "(so say you, father; sorry, brother)"... well, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. I think my favourite part, though, was the "Goodbye, my brother." at the very end. In the actual poem there's not the quotes marks, and it's not 100% clear which brother is saying it. It's the combination of the serious with the slapstick humour that makes this poem one of my favourite. This is the poem that introduced me to Aeneid, and I'm ever so glad that I took the time to read it over a year ago, because it has introduced me to many other good pieces; but it's also magnificent in its own right. Well done.
ADMIN note: excessive quote blocked from being scored. small quotes added together and blocked from the largest segment.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 4

One of the most original, entertaining pieces I have ever come across. Take equal parts Tolkien and Homer, shake in a dash of Christopher Logue and a smattering of Monty Python, and if you are lucky, you might come out with something half as outrageously, laugh-out-loud funny, but ultimately painful and heartbreaking as this. Aeneid has taken a missing scene and made it completely her own – I can’t imagine it any other way now.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Loved the line breaks. I think that was actually my favorite part about this poem. I liked Boromir, Denethor, and Faramir, but more than that, I liked how this free-form poem structured itself in such a way as to give greater meaning to some things and to slow other things down. It made for a fun read.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

Some priceless description here. That first verse about Denethor, the "runt" descripion of Faramir, the "good-bad son" for Boromir (among other epithets), and the fight at the end. Interesting mix of humor and seriousness.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very interesting poetic interpretation of how Denethor took the news of Faramir's (and Boromir's) prophetic dream. Humorous, yet insightful.