Swan Flight

Author: AmandaK

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: There is not much that will frighten the Steward of Gondor. But when Boromir attempts to reclaim a gift for Faramir from an unusual place, Denethor tastes real fear.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 5

Ah, this one brings back memories for me! I remember a stone sculpture of an owl that a cousin put in an old tree beside her house, where real owls lived. Of course the wind knocked it down and it fell to a nook in the roof... and yes, we were just as foolish in our efforts to get it back. Of course Boromir would act that way, especially for Faramir's toys. Well done. I also liked how you gave Imrahil's perspective of the council scene at the beginning -- it avoided the easy way to get across Denethor's panic, and was doubly effective for tht. Well done on all of it. :-)

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

Sobering little vignette. I like the way it was set up with Imrahil trailing off during a council meeting. I guessed what had happened, but it was still a shock to discover the full situation. And Denethor is such a wonderful mix of character traits. I loved his stark fear at what Boromir was attempting, and I liked his anger as well as the way he paused just a bit too long on Faramir's name. I'm not sure how early into life those two started to clash, but this was a chilling offering on the subject. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

An interesting little vignette. This could be a scene from any childhood—who didn't set something unintended in motion while playing?—but Amanda inserts just that hint of things to come in the way Denethor construes what happened. Nicely done!

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 3

A clever tale. I like the way you tell it in order to hieghten the suspence. poro Faramir, though, losign his gift. The characterisations you ues in this sttory and very good and seem beleivable. I especially like the way you show Imrahil in the first bit.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 2

Boys will be boys, even the well-instructed sons of Denethor. Nice characterisation of the young brothers; showing Boromir's reckless, impulsive nature and Faramir's more cautious temperament. And Denethor is also well-written.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

The beginning of this story was an immediate hook, and the characterizations were good. I found it sort of unfinished, though.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

That was some flight. I can see Denethor's panic and temper when he realizes what Boromir is doing and why. I liked the beginning when Imrahil was nearly the only one in the dark.