Author: Celandine Brandybuck
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: N/A
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: Boromir watches Denethor and Faramir, and is confounded by what he sees.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
I love the way Celandine Brandybuck paints Denethor and his family. The characters aren't just words on paper. They come alive, complete with all their failings and all their strengths. There's something vital about them, and it makes the hidden moments that much more significant. I love the way Denethor is characterized. He's almost two different characters, but they mesh so well together in this complex steward that you believe he can be everything that Celandine makes him out to be. So many little things are revealed as Boromir watches Denethor with Faramir. I love the sharp glance when he finds a book that Finduilas used to have, and I especially liked the passage that Faramir remembers hearing. But most of all, I love how they simply let the line hang without discussing it. It leaves the reader free to imagine without forcing the characters to nail down something that is elusive and delicate. Great job and great vignette!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
Much foreshadowing of later events, between Denethor's private repentance and the chilling line that Faramir remembers from "The Silmarillion". Boromir's quick contextualizing of it seemed too neat and sudden for me, but I thought she delivered nicely on Denethor's character: he keeps a stern front, only to let it fall away when he thinks others aren't looking (most especially the one he's being stern with at other times).