Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Million Little Stars To Light Their Way

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: tracyboo
2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Shire

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: n/a On the third anniversary of his death Pippin and Merry remember Boromir.


Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 6

I'm writing as I'm reading - pay no attention! This is great so far. I love the fact that you have Pip & Merry still suffering from the effects of their journey. I cannot imagine that they were unscathed. I love that you have the Hobbits remembering Boromir with grief... I like the flashbacks, you write them well... they are easy to see what is the present and what is the past... I always thought one of the hardest things for the Hobbits would be the lack of a fire and nice warm food - you bring this out nicely.I almost cried at Pippin's anguish - he asked the same question I have too often asked - why did Boromir have to die - and then, I got chills as I read of their discovery of 'Boromir's constellation!!! Great idea. Excellent ending! *sighs*

Reviewed by: Elanor -- Score: 5

This is a sweet, gentle story with some lovely images, not the least of which is the ["take him and cut him out in little stars"] quote from Shakespeare at the end, put to perfect use here. I liked the ideas expressed with regard to mortality and the juxtaposition of flashbacks to the real-time narrative. Pippin's pain and longing and Merry's lingering anguish are drawn with a sure hand, and their memories of Boromir are what they should be: memories of a Hero who was good in every way. The device of the constellation is inspired; I rather think the skies of Middle-earth will forever be a tad more crowded after this than they were before!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 3

This story flows most gently from present narrative to memory, showing how present memory can be on such momentous occasions. I am glad their reflections brought Merry and Pippin some release and understanding.

Reviewed by: tracyboo -- Score: 2

Cathleen, Oh, but that was heartbreaking to read! Merry and Pippin will always remember Boromir with nothing less than love and respect. What a loss! Tracy

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

What a wonderful memorial to Boromir the Bold by Merry and Pippin, as they find he indeed was cut out into stars and shines both in the night and their memories. Compelling.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 2

A touching little story which shows Boromir's death and memories of him continuing to haunt Merry and Pippin three years afterwards and how they find a way to cope.