Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Life Between - No Secrets

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: Elen Kortirion
2007 Award Category: Races: Men: General Drabble - Third Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: implied slash
Summary: drabble - 100 words A brief glimpse into the relationship between Boromir andThéodred

Reviewed by: Makamu -- Score: 7

This drabble does many things at once: it shows how big a hundred words can be by creating a resonance within the reader that merely begins when the main story has alreay ended. You as a reader feel that the intimate moments shared by these two characters are not just or primarily based on the erotics of lust, these are outward signs of a deep and abiding knowledge of each other, a very personal kind of love. This impression is heightened further by the contrast between the public personas of warriors these characters exhibit in canon and the gentleness of the acts potrayed. The drabble leaves you with the knowledge that these are not two separate sides but one side where both the gentle and the fierce interlace and are one, thereby enhancing and supplementing Theodred's and Boromir's characterizations. Indeed, even if the last line casts the shadow of death on both of them, the reader is left with the sense of a love well lived.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass -- Score: 7

Ever since I became a fan of this pairing, I've thought it fortunate that neither Boromir nor Theodred was able to hear of the other's death, and this drabble only reinforces that opinion. It makes a great deal of sense to me that these two would have no secrets between them - they are so alike that I would imagine their hopes, dreams and fears are much the same, and after a certain amount of time, each would realize how very similar they are, and cease to worry about revealing such secrets. It also makes a great deal of sense that the one secret they *do* have between them would be the fear of the other's death, for, being the warriors they each are, I would expect that they've long since come to terms with the notion of their *own* death in battle. I'm sure if either one stopped and thought about it, he'd realized the other has the same dread, but that's rather the point, isn't it, that neither wants to speak of it?

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 6

This gorgeously- written companion piece to [A Life Between II] provides another warm and intimate glimpse into Boromir and Théodred's relationship. It's clear that theirs is a long-standing association: they know exactly what touch will rouse each other quickly (and Kortirion's imagery here is particularly delightful, depicting these mighty warriors in more tender and playful moments.) But it's not just the physical dimension of their relationship - either of them could have whatever lover they pleased, at any time - but the emotional intimacy that is displayed so powerfully here. More than just lovers, they are soulmates, privy to and fully understanding of each other's most secret fears and hopes and dreams. The secret they do not ever share, though, is their acceptance of the inevitability of each other's untimely death. Kortirion's final line [Little intimacies binding them so tightly; there was no space between for secrets – except, unspoken dread of the other’s death.] is exquisite in its poignancy.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

This is a really good look at the relationship between Boromir and Theodred. Highly erotic in exactly the right way, both exciting the reader and developing the character of these men and their relationship considerably given the drabble format. But that last line lifts the piece to a higher plane, driving home the fact that these two men of all characters would have had to take their pleasures wherever and whenever they could find them because a happily-ever-after ending was by no chance assured, or even probable. Really nice work, Kortirion - I enjoyed this.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 4

Boromir and Theodred always seem to me to be a very plausible slash pairing. Boromir is openly described as being disinterested in marriage, no wife or children are given Theodred in canon, despite his being Theoden’s only son. This is a lovely, sensual drabble, describing in few words the intimacy, knowledge and fear that can only occur in a long-term relationship.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 3

I had a difficult time trying to get to this - I'm not familiar with LJ - but this was well worth the difficulties. Sensuous, to say the least, and in so few words. Very well done. I especially liked the ending. Something that is known - something that is dreaded. Very, very nice!

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

The intimacy between Boromir and Theodred is well described - they are clearly in love and not merely lovers. The knowledge that the other could die at any time must have been a terrible burden for them each to bear.