To keep you from harm

Author: Cuthalion

Nominator: Cuthalion

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Drama

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: angst, difficult parent/child-relationship

Summary: This short tale tells how Boromir dealt with his father's feelings towards his younger brother... and who really dreamt the ominous dream which brought him to Rivendell...

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

I must admit that I'm a bigger fan of the idea that Boromir shared Faramir's dream, but this story does a good job of presenting an alternative theory. It's very convincing, and I'm drawn to the idea that Boromir claimed to have the dream as a way of persuading his father to let at least one of them pursue the counsel given. Interesting idea, and it gives Boromir a nice role as a protective brother.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 4

Boromir, knowing of Faramir's dream, but seeing the way that Denethor disregards its importance, finds a way to try to use his father's love for him to fulfill his brother's needs. I have to love this one, in part because it was written for me, but also because it takes a question I've had for a long time and expands on it with such grace and eloquence that I doubt I'll ever find a story which does so quite as well.

Reviewed by: pipkinsweetgrass  ✧  Score: 3

An exellent look inside the mind of my favorite Man of Gondor. Your characterizations rang true and the story cuts right through to the heart of the relationships of Middle-earth's most dysfunctional family. This is an exellent example of a character study and I'm very pleased it was nominated.

Reviewed by: Chathol-linn  ✧  Score: 3

This is an effective look at the emotional relations among Faramir, Boromir, and Denethor. I particularly liked it that Boromir came right out and said that Denethor did not love Faramir. Most accounts dance around the idea that maybe there just isn’t any love there. A sad statement but a strong one. I liked the honesty of Boromir in this story.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

It is nice to see Borormir presented in such a caring and interesting way. You seem to have caught his character very well and in a way that makes his dissision in this story understandable.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

Why did Boromir insist on taking the journey to Imladris, when it was so clearly meant to be Faramir's errand? His thoughts on the subject are set forth clearly here.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 1

I liked this. An interesting idea that one reason Boromir went to Imladris was to give Denethor a chance to *see* Faramir.