Dragons and Sailboats

Author: Acacea

Nominator: Branwyn

2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Remembering

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A quiet moment by the river. Aragorn and Faramir talk, mostly of Boromir and Thorongil.

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Reviewed by: Branwyn  ✧  Score: 7

What a sad but tranquil story! Aragorn and Faramir discuss young Boromir's love for Captain Thorongil and his later grief and resentment at his mysterious disappearance. Aragorn's awareness of the changes in the landscape since his last visit to this spot and his awareness of the river rushing past give the writing a very autumnal mood. The description of the river bank, where Faramir and Aragorn meet, is lush and vivid. I love that both brothers were cleverer than either Gandalf or Aragorn gave them credit for. [Boromir said turnip soup and Thorongil were completely unrelated and if Mithrandir was going to speak in riddles, he’d really rather not speak to him.] I like how this line echoes Eowyn's proud remark to Faramir in "Return of the King"--"I do not wish to play at riddles!" Maybe Boromir and Eowyn wouldn't have made such a bad couple after all. And in this fic, young Boromir says that if there must be a princess, at least she should be able to ride; otherwise, she would be quite boring! Thanks for sharing a fascinating conversation between Aragorn and Faramir!

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 5

Now, I KNOW I reviewed this yesterday. Because I included the words a la recherche du temps perdu. Every now and then I do begin to wonder about my sanity. To repeat myself - I really enjoyed this. There's Aragorn - off in search of his past seeking those familiar parts of a past life and finding - Faramir. Who is clearly aware of the link between his beloved brother as a small child and the mysterious Thorongil. I love the fact that Boromir, having rejected both Thorongil and any wonder in the unknown in early youth - to the extent where he refused to show Faramir how to make the boats - managed to recover some of his belief as he grew older. And that he was able to make boats with Merry and Pippin.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 4

I liked very much that Boromir knew Aragorn when he was a child. How lovely to picture them together, Aragorn teaching the child to make boats. I liked that cynical Boromir, who told Faramir that he did not remember how, had opened his heart again on the Quest enough to teach Merry and Pippin the skill that he hadn’t the heart to teach his brother. I think that travelling with hobbits had refreshed his tired spirit.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Aragorn and Faramir, meeting by the river, discuss Boromir's memories, his hope to perhaps find Thorongil again one day, his decision that he wouldn't, and roundabout questions of Gandalf about the mysterious captain. Definitely a day for both of them to remember Gondor's latest Captain-General.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is a reflective piece. I like the dreamlike quality. I found it a strange conversation between Aragorn and Faramir. A lot is left unsaid and has to be read between the lines. Sometimes the meaning is too veiled for my taste, but that might just be me. But still I could feel the same peace descend on me as on Aragorn.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

A few threads of past lives are drawn out here. I particularly liked the mutual realization that Aragorn could no more find the boy he remembered in Boromir than Boromir could find the Captain he remembered in Aragorn. Things change and are lost and can't be recovered. But it seems there's some peace to be had in speaking of them with others.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

What I really like most about this piece is the distanced tone you manage to give both Faramir and Aragorn, yet you don't make the piece itself dull. They aren't falling all over each other and more touchy-feely than you would think men and especially rulers would be. They offer an interesting glimpse into both men's characters. Well done.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

A bittersweet conversation between Aragorn and Faramir, about Boromir, Thorongil, Denethor and Gandalf. It's clear that there is much left unsaid, with a subtext of old regrets. Very insightful.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 2

Bittersweet story, good dialogue and introspection. I like how the talk takes up and comes back to previous subjects.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 1

A touching little story which I enjoyed.