Steward and Thain

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: grey_wonderer

2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: The Fellowship

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A short story of a growing friendship between two heirs on the road to Mordor.(N/A)

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Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 5

This is a wonderful story that shows just exactly how much Pippin and Boromir really do have in common. I like the way the author builds the friendship between the two characters as they talk about their lives and homes and family and the pressures of being the heir to a title. I loved the way their discussions helped them to bond with one another and gave them points of reference in common. It was like a character study of two of my favorite Lord of the Rings characters. The author did some lovely dialogue for this story and the characters are very in keeping with what we have come to love and expect.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A sensitive and sympathetic portrait of Boromir through the development of his friendship with Pippin and the exploration of what they had in common, during the Fellowship. Fans of Denethor's firstborn should especially enjoy the tale, but it makes for an enjoyable reading experience for all who like both book and movie treatment of FOTR>

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

I found the characterization of Pippin in this story a bit mushy, but very much enjoyed the commonalities the story explored and how Merry and Aragorn were woven in when the stories of the original two also expanded beyond just their own adventures.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is an endearing story of Boromir's and Pippin's friendship. During the quest they discover they have a lot in common. I like the way they get to know each other by telling tales of home and past exploits. Although it was mostly Pippin doing the talking. But Boromir is always there with his comments. A very enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took  ✧  Score: 3

Friendship can be built on the smallest commonality sometimes, and this story proves it. Boromis and Pippin truly are good for each other. It's said that they only had a short time to be friends. The epilogue nearly had me in tears.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

As wonderful a series of exchanges between the heir to the Thain of the Shire and the heir to the Steward of Gondor as one could hope to find. Each is expanding the understanding of the other and learning the ways of leadership with humor, pathos, and grace. A warm telling of a special friendship.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 3

I really enjoyed watching Boromir and Pippin's friendship develop throughout this story. I had never considered that Pippin might have thought that his inability to save Denethor would have seemed to him to be failing Boromir and thought that was a very valid point.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A lovely story exploring the special bond of friendship between Pippin and Boromir, very touching and sweet.

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 2

There are some really nice scenes between Boromir and Pippin in this story. It was interesting to see the ways that the two are similar, and yet so different.