An Apple for Your Thoughts?

Author: Demus

Nominator: pipkinsweetgrass

2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: The Fellowship - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: During a peaceful interval, Frodo and Boromir share a glimpse into each other's cultures for the price of an apple, accompanied by the delightful soundtrack of cousins at war.

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Reviewed by: pipkinsweetgrass  ✧  Score: 10

This story was well worth the read for several reasons. One usually doesn't find many Frodo and Boromir fiction that isn't full of angst, or without painting Frodo as the eternal victim or Boromir as outright evil. This is such a refreshing story and wonderfully Fellowship-driven. I do have some constructive criticism, but the flaws do not stop me from enjoying the story. I would gently point out that terms such as *upside the back of his head* are jarring and breaks the verisimilitude of the story. I am not too sure it is even grammatically correct. Also, while Merry and Pippin's antics are amusing at times I found some of the scenario a bit of a strain. I would respectfully point out that nowhere in book or movie canon do the cousins behave like very young children. I would underline this constructive criticism by pointing out all the wonderful things about this fiction. And truly, the good outweighs these very minor flaws with ease. For instance, I found Boromir to be very canon compliant, and enjoyed his conversation with Frodo completely. I liked the cultural exchange between these two and particularly loved Boromir's reaction to Frodo pointing out that Merry and Pippin would someday be the heads of their respective clans. I would end this review with the sincere wish that more Frodo and Boromir fiction be written in this vein.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

This was very nice. The author said it was inspired by Baylor's wonderful "Care and Feeding", a story I too, greatly admire. She has definitely captured the affectionate tone of those stories. While I could wish that she had not used the stereotype of the irresponsible Merry and Pippin, she didn't go overboard with it, and handled it well. And I loved Boromir and Frodo's conversation.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 4

The getting-to-know-you period among the Fellowship is a rich one, often depicted, but I really liked the way in this story as Frodo and Boromir learned more about one another they didn't talk about, but danced around, a major difference between their cultures - that in Gondor children grow up faster and take on the responsibilities of adults, because they must always be ready for war.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Wonderful to see another who has been as inspired by Baylor as I was. A wonderful tale in the mode of ["The Care and Feeding of Hobbits"] in which once more Boromir learns the intricacies of Shire relationships, this time from Frodo. I've had folks offer a blossom for thoughts, while Frodo offers an apple. And the interaction between Merry and Pippin as they work out the anxieties of the day is marvelous.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

A nice scene between Boromir and Frodo in the early days of the Fellowship. The difference between Frodo and his two young cousins becomes clear in the discussion between Frodo and Boromir about the rate of maturity for hobbits and men while Merry and Pippin prove the point.

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 3

It was nice to see this interaction between Frodo and Boromir. The relationship between these two is one of my favourite things to write and read about as Tolkien didn't go much into it. I thought the characters were both really well written in this story and liked it a lot.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 2

A nice scene between Frodo and Boromir. I liked the characterisation of Frodo here in particular, astute and mature.