Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Outlander

Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
Nominator: annmarwalk
2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Gondor or Rohan - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Young Eowyn is horrified at the thought of being pledged in marriage to a stranger from a foreign land. AU.


Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 9

There are so many rich, vivid details in this ficlet that it almost seems as though the reader is watching a tiny film. * Eowyn's preteenish sniveling (oh, how she would hate to ever be reminded of it!); * Eomer's fierce protectiveness combined with his naivete, to think that his opposition and Eowyn's would really derail the betrothal; * Eomer's very endearing ganglyness as he nearly trips over his new sword. What great writing! In contrast to Eowyn's youth and petulance, though, we have a Boromir who is very different from any we've ever seen: [hands white with cold and broad shoulders slumped with weariness.] This is not a valiant warrior or masterful diplomat; the miserable weather seems a metaphor for a prospective bridegroom who may not be any more eager for the match than his presumptive bride. [Moving quicker than thought, Eowyn slid down the ladder, then smoothed down the front of her dress as the outlander stared and the head groom coughed into his hand.] Purely by luck, Boromir stumbles upon the quickest way to break the ice between them. Eowyn finds a man who might not be too different those she knows and loves; Boromir finds a take-charge maiden who can change like quicksilver from childishness to maturity beyond her years. One of my favorite AU possibilities is this pairing; I would dearly love to see Lady_Branwyn write more of it.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 7

An exquisite glimpse of an AU that could have been quite interesting. I love the dynamic between the young Eowyn and her big brother - she is not at all at ease with the changes of puberty, and even less with the change of her status, suddenly being offered as a potential bride for a Gondorian she has never met. And Eomer is sick at heart at the situation and Eowyn's tears. Branwyn brings in a weary, sodden Boromir who is concerned mainly for his horse; a masterly stroke; since Eowyn, hiding in the hayloft, can see the man's quality in his need to see the tired horse well-cared for. It is wonderful, natural, and yet a bit sad, to see how Eowyn, with the striking speed of adolesence, changes from a sobbing and scared child to a young lady ready to meet the challenge that fate has brought to her. A delightful ficlet - Branwyn's knowledges of horses, Rohirrim and Boromir are used to good advantage here, along with her usual word-smithing skills.

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 5

This "what if" AU imagines Eowyn being betrothed at a young age to a nobleman from another country, an "outlander." Though the tale is told in a serious manner, Branwyn does insert a bit of a chuckle here and there. Her Eowyn is but a young thing who reacts to the prospect of an arranged marriage with the distaste that a modern woman might display in such a situation. I was not really surprised to find out who young Eowyn might have been betrothed to, since it's a popular fanon. Nevertheless I enjoyed the manner he was introduced and Eowyn's reaction upon meeting him.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

An intriguing story of what might have been. I really like the thought of Eowyn and Boromir paired together. Something about their personalities just seems to mesh. I suspect that Eowyn and Faramir form a more balanced match, but I still believe that Eowyn and Boromir would have been brilliant. The actions of Eowyn and Eomer in this are true to their characters, as is the reversal of opinion on Eowyn's part as she watches Boromir care for his horse. Her sudden appearance must have caused quite a stir to catch Boromir speechless, but I think he might have enjoyed a woman who could catch him off guard like that.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

She is disturbed that she is being betrothed, apparently, to an outlander she has never met, and she is appropriately upset. Only when she sees how he cares for his horse's welfare, however, does she come out of hiding. Perhaps it would not be too bad to be betrothed to this one after all.... Considering the politics of the day and time, a very possible match that might well have been under consideration, and a very likely scenarion by which the two might have first come face to face with one another!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a fun glimpse at what a first meeting of Boromir and Eowyn might have looked like, if they had been betrothed (an idea JRRT once played with). It seems fitting (and indicative) that Eowyn's thoughts change so quickly, and I can totally see them bonding over horsey concerns.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

This is a clever little story, but for some reason what I like best is the sensible way you've let Boromir speak Sindarin - to substitute for a word he doesn't know in the other language. I've seen too many fics where characters suddenly use Sindarin for very common words - it makes no sense!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

This is a nicely envisioned encounter, really showcasing Rohirric character - quick thinking, and trust in anyone who puts his horse's wellbeing before his own.