Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Where Shadows Lay No More

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: pippinfan88
2008 Award Category: Times: Fourth Age and Beyond

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: During the coronation, Boromir returns to say farewell.


Reviewed by: pippinfan88 -- Score: 6

A beautiful story that I am still in awe of. I am in awe of this wonderful, talented author, who has come into her own, so to speak. It's difficult to describe this wonderful tale without giving away some tidbits, but I shall keep them to few. One always comes to wonder if a loved one, who has passed on, sees the good we've accomplished or the goals we've achieved. Here, in this tale, Cathleen endeavours to portray our beloved twosome, Merry and Pippin, experiencing that very sensation with a beloved comrade who has fallen. This fallen comrade is able to convey his utmost approval to his young friends in a very unmistakenable fashion, which makes this story all the more endearing. This entire story had me enraptured from the first paragraph. Excellent writing, excellent storytelling!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

Ha! I knew it! ALL the Fellowship was there for the coronation. I love this glimpse through Boromir's eyes. He can definitely appreciate the significance of what's happening, and the different POVs offered here provide the contrast needed to show what home really meant to Boromir. But as high and lofty as the coronation is, it's also down-to-earth thanks to the hobbits. Nice blend of perspectives.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

I love stories in which Boromir watches over his friends from beyond the circles of Arda. This story is very touching, as the Steward's son is a ghostly witness to Aragorn's coronation. I love the fact that each member of the Fellowship is aware to one extent or another of his presence, and most especially, I love the reactions of Merry and Pippin. Cathleen did a very good job with this story.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 4

Hooray! Hooray! What a blessing for the Fellowship and for Boromir. I saw loved this moment - Boromir seeing the fulfillment of his wish for his beloved land, knowing that his friends live and remember him and have done what he could not do - save his people. I certainly hope that those who have passed before us can 'see' us and rejoice in our lives. This was a beautiful look into what might be.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

In this gentle tale all of the Fellowship attend the coronation. I like Boromir watching the proceedings and being able to see the fruit of his labor and sacrifice. Pippin's grief for Boromir is very poignant.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 3

A poignant treatment of Aragorn's coronation by the one member of the Fellowship who is unable to attend. Or so they think...The majority of this movie-verse story is from the point of view of Boromir's "little ones" and that is most fitting.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A thoughtful and gentle story of Boromir witnessing the Coronation of the King Returned. The telling is gentle and poignant; the imagery delicate; the emotions well displayed. A wonderful tribute to the power of fellowship and the enduring love we tend to know beyond final partings.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a very sweet story about Merry and Faramir looking back. The author captured their grief quite well, and I liked that they had this moment of assurance. It's nice to see the hobbits' close relationship with Boromir (really fleshed out in the movies, but certainly there in the books as well) honored in this unique way.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

a moving story which seems very plausible that Boromir would find a way to say farewell and see the coronation in which his brother was honoured and the Hobbits were seen as safe and well. A Delightful,touching story.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

so ub-boromir and yet perfectly him, big brother,guide, mentor, protector.