His Last Words
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes, violence
Summary: A revealing glimpse of Boromir's thoughts, as the lure of the Ring takes hold. His last and only letter to Faramir, though his brother may never know.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: 5
Wow. Those letters were amazing to show the hold of the Ring and the decline of Boromir. It fit to both book and movie, as the movie gave image to what was in the book in terms of Boromir, like him slumped in the boat, exhausted and anxious, as they pulled up to the shore. I think my favorite bit was the last though, when he discovered what he'd written and how far he'd fallen and warns his brother away from the thing that was and would consume him. And in that we also see the Boromir that would redeem himself, standing between Merry and Pippin and the Uruk-Hai as long as he could. Very well done.
Reviewed by: ErinRua ✧ Score: 5
A frightening, wrenching examination of Boromir's torment, and the madness into which we know he slowly sank. There is a chillingly almost schizophrenic quality to his "voice", in that he cannot differentiate clearly between what is real and waht is madness. He knows something is wrong, but not how deeply wrong, nor can he ward away the implacable descent on which the Ring has sent him. Truly one gains a sense of how divided and torn he must have been, a virtual prisoner within his own mind, and his mind no longer his own.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 4
This piece is frightening in its depth, and I don't think I have ever read a piece that even tried to capture Boromir's madness. Let alone succeeded. This piece does both, and with an awe-inspiring brevity. It almost felt as if the author was channeling Boromir. And because I am shameless, I'll ask here if the author ever considered writing a sequel, in which Faramir receives one or both of these letters. *evil grin*
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 3
An amazingly original, shocking and powerful piece. The vision of Boromir, consumed by the power of the ring, vividly describing his plans for conquest and supremacy, is terrifyingly effective its quite easy to imagine Boromir speaking or acting in this way as he finally falls victim to the fearsome power he can no longer resist.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A very interesting view of Boromir's downfall. I like the way you show it with the different formating. This view of Boromir shows the contrast between his 'real' and rational side and the sie of him that is being overtaken by the ring. It is a very cleverly done piece to make this work so well.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
This is the chilling tale of Boromir's descent into the madness the power of the ring casts over its victims. The reader can see his fight against the lure but then the ring overwhelms him. This is an interesting way of describing Boromir's fight against the ring. Unfortunately, Faramir would only see this letter when he had made his choice.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 1
I like the device of the letter to show a sort of schizophrenia in Boromir that he cannot reintegrate.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
The Ring's hold over Boromir is made so painfully clear, as he attempts to write a letter to Faramir. Very angsty!