Four Voices - Autumn, 3018

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: EdorasLass

2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: Fixed-Length Ficlet Series

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Slash relationship implied

Summary: On the last day the four of them are together, Boromir, Theodred, Eomer, and Eowyn consider the nature of the long relationship between Heir and Prince(Four half-drabbles and a haiku)

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Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 10

I really have troubles articulating why I love this so much. I think it's the committment of Theodred and Boromir to one another over so many years, even through their long separations and the fact that of course, even if history had not gone the way it did, that the two men would always be so parted. It is also extremely touching that even after so many years, both Boromir and Theodred are capable of reacting to one another as if they were meeting for the first time, ever enthralled and distracted by a simple smile, a smile that each knows is meant only for him, and no other person. The quiet approval of the cousins is lovely; Eomer and Eowyn seem to always have known of the association between the Second Marshal and Gondor's heir, and what is more, they both accepting it unhesitatingly. I also love the way both Eomer and Eowyn are envious of what Theodred and Boromir have together - I would imagine that both are thinking that it would be impossible to find someone so devoted to *them* (although fortunately we know they both will). The last line, along with the date, gives the whole piece a sharply bittersweet tang, for of course in just a few months, both Theodred and Boromir will fall. I wouldn't say the last line is hopeful, exactly, but it helps the teeniest bit, thinking that the two men will find each other again [on some far green shore]

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion  ✧  Score: 5

Besides the creative use of almost stream of consciousness/single thoughts, what comes across so very strongly with these half drabbles is the pure sincerity of each character's musings. They seem both real and believable... though 'real and believable' may seem an odd thing to say about fictional characters fictional thoughts. However - in the realm of fanon that regards Boromir/Theodred as OTP - these are just what might be recorded as passing through their minds - concern, love, tenderness, appreciation, admiration. Between the four very brief 'voices', Ann has deftly created a dialogue that speaks volumes. Well done!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A pretty set of drabbles centering on the love between Boromir and Theodred, and how it, and the men themselves, are perceived. I like Eowyn's drabble the best; it reveals her own unrest and hunger for love as well as her respect for the two lands' heirs.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

I'm not truly a slash fan, although in this case I could see this pairing as possible. Interesting look at four views of the possible romantic relationship between Theodred and Boromir. Always Ann can bring such emotional depth with such economy of words.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 3

Beautiful language, the images and metaphors paint a wistful but shining and moving picture of deep love and affection. I especially loved Éowyn's musings, and the very last line of Éomer's contribution.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 3

Very interesting pairing and the writing is loving and has a quality of nobleness about it. I especially liked Eomer's part and his vision of Boromir and Theodred. It's nice to think that Boromir had his lover waiting for him in death and that they would have a chance to be together and happy with no further parting.

Reviewed by: Mechtild  ✧  Score: 3

Éomer’s speech is so sad, so poignant, so eloquent. I hadn’t expected the tears to well up, but they did at, [“They look back together, smiling, then disappear into mist.”] It is almost a one-sentence epitaph for your whole tale of the love of Boromir and Théoden, which, in your story made of many stories, seems to triumph over death and enter the world of legend.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

I love this series of ficlets and poems; it does a wonderful job of capturing the chemistry that Boromir/Theodred fanfic relies upon. I especially loved Eomer's perspective on his older cousin - it was very much in Eomer's voice, and was convincing for me.