Little Brothers

Author: DinaLori

Nominator: pipkinsweetgrass

2006 Award Category: Races: Men

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: While watching Merry and Pippin, Boromir reflects on a moment from his childhood with Faramir.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 10

This is a wonderful ficlet and I enjoyed it very much! The way that Merry and Pippin are portrayed and the way that Boromir thinks of them is exactly the way that I see their characters myself; they are as close as brothers rather than cousins. I really liked their playful banter as Merry tried to groom his younger cousin, doubtless something that Pippin could have handled himself, but Merry likes looking after his Pippin, and Pippin knows that doing so makes his Merry happy so he submits, though of course with an appropriate stream of loud complaints about poor treatment. The memory of his own brother that this interaction sparks in Boromir is not nearly so light-hearted, but it is about being a caregiver. With their mother dead and their father so aloof it has been up to Boromir to shower Faramir with care and love. Faramir’s true-dream at such a young age must have been frightening to the child, faced with the loss of the only person that truly, deeply showed love for him. I wonder if he was surprised that it was Boromir that their father sent away, the treasured heir, and not himself. His fear of his father over his unsanctioned visits to the puppies speaks much of their relationship. He would certainly have been frightened at the thought of not having Boromir there to shield him somewhat from their father. Boromir’s thoughts about his brother being grown and his own man, no longer needing him as he had in the past was a bit sad, but they are Men and that is the way things are; their love for each other is certainly no less. But Merry and Pippin are hobbits, and I see the dynamics of their relationship changing and evolving over the years, yet still staying basically the same. So this story, in addition to having excellent dialogue and characterisations, also paints a very clear picture of a major difference between the two cultures.

Reviewed by: pipkinsweetgrass  ✧  Score: 7

I liked this story for its stream of consiousness and the view of Merry and Pippin's relationship through Boromir's eyes. I also liked the portrayal of the relationship between Boromir and Faramir. It explores the character of Boromir and explains his reasons for teaching Merry and Pippin how to fight as well as underlining some of the possible and/or probable reasons he died to save them. This is a sweetly written but highly reflective piece, with believable inner dialogue which reveals a close scrutny of a character's personality and history. It touches on the subtext of both book and movie source materials, and I found it very believable, almost a missing scene. Emotional content is sound, revealing the humanity of a beloved character. I particularly liked the way it ended. Yes, Boromir did have a need to be needed, and when Faramir no longer needed him so much, he would have been happy to find a certain pair of hobbits which fit the bill.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 5

This book-movie blend explores the closeness of Boromir and Merry and Pippin, and provides a foundation for it in Boromir's relationship to Faramir. Always the protector of Faramir, and early sworn to take care of his adoring little brother, Boromir finds an analogous relationship between Merry and Pippin, which wakens him to take on the role of elder brother to them both. He can't do everything an older brother would do for a younger one for the hobbits, but he does make it his place to keep them safe, and to teach them to keep themselves safe.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a nice little vignette. I like it that Pippin and Merry's antics remind Boromir of days long gone between him and Faramir. So, Faramir was dreaming true at that young age already. Luckily Boromir doesn't know it ;-)

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 3

Lovely banter between Merry and Pippin here, very in character. I liked how their closeness reminded Boromir of himself and Faramir when they were younger and awakened his protective instincts. A very enjoyable story!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

The caring between Merry and Pippin awaken Boromir's own memories of his love for his brother. A sweet look at a couple moments of love.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

Nice. The relationship between Boromir and the younger hobbits is a rich vein and I think you mined it well here.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

Observing Merry and Pippin together as they journey, Boromir is reminded of himself and Faramir. A bittersweet moment.