Thus Are Legends Born

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: Raksha the Demon

2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Fixed-Length Ficlets With Children - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Seven-year-old Faramir's imagination helps his brother see the world in a new way.

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Reviewed by: Branwyn  ✧  Score: 7

One of the many, many things which I love about Annmarwalk's writing is the care with which she handles Tolkien's world. The descriptions of plants and animals are sensitive and vivid, showing a great love of nature and a naturalist's eye for detail. [Plop! Tiny wriggling legs disappeared under a moss-covered rock.] In this drabble, Faramir's understanding of biology leaves something to be desired, but he shows great imagination and his excitement and awe as he explores the natural world are very much in character. Boromir's prosaic remark that he thinks the creature is just an ordinary salamander is also very much in character. He wouldn't waste time daydreaming about where dragons came from, but he might be interested in knowing if salamanders can be eaten in a pinch! I like how, though Boromir is the elder, Faramir naturally assumes the role of teacher, and his scholarly seriousness is quite funny in such a young child. This charming woodland scene shows the striking difference in their personalities, even as children. Well done!

Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 5

Eeeee, I adore solemn little Faramir! I like that dragons are apparently the first thing to come to his mind, and I like that he very patiently explains that [A baby dragon, whose blood is new, and hot, would glow red and yellow] - I can just see the studious look on Faramir's face as he says this, as if he's quoting some book from memory. I also like the more down-to-earth explanation that Boromir gives for what that creature might be - I somehow think that he might be rollling his eyes a bit. It's very much in-character for both of them: Faramir with his already-evident love of tales, Boromir with his pragmatism and the slight hint of impatience with Faramir's flight of fancy.

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion  ✧  Score: 4

I very much like the observational quality here; this has such a ring of truth about it that when a child with a good and prolific imagination finds something they only half understand, they will make their explanation fit the facts as they see them. It is a charming insight into Faramir's character that he knows the tales of old so in his mind this strange creature could be a small part of them - and even if it is not, the chance to create a story that might become lore is innate within him.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Interesting and original drabble, with the child Faramir creating a new twist in the lore of dragons. I loved the air of solemnity and mystery in the piece, with little Faramir very sure of his knowledge. I supposed he eventually realized he had much to learn, but his certainty is charming rather than arrogant. Well done.

Reviewed by: Mechtild  ✧  Score: 3

Both Faramir’s openness to the "other" in life and his considered seriousness are contrasted well with Boromir’s more sceptical, grounded-in-reality approach in what is really a little conceit about something two boys see by the river bank. Carefully observed!

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

Ahh! What a sweet little Faramir - filled with imagination and keen to see legends come to life. (And intelligent, too.) While Boromir has his feet far more firmly in the mud of the Anduin. Funny to think that prosaic Boromir walked into legend - and that Faramir grew old with the creatures of dreams.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

This is so cute. I love young Faramir's imaginative certainty on the subject of dragons, and Boromir's acceptance.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

Oh, I can see this happening entirely too easily. Nice interaction between the brothers 'mir.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 2

I love Faramir's way of viewing the world! And who is to say that he isn't right, and Boromir mistaken?