Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Consolation

Author: EdorasLass
Nominator: annmarwalk
2006 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Ficlet
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Shortly after the death of Finduilas, Boromir breaks some bad news to his little brother, and gives him strength to face the lonlieness.


Reviewed by: Anoriath -- Score: 10

This is just tooo cute. How Tolkien could have give us so many hints as to the quality of the brotherís relationship and yet never shown the two of them together is one of those enduring mysteries of the writing process. Intellectually, I know why, because Faramir only popped into existence later, after Boromirís departure on Amon Hen and Tolkien was not a man given to anything other than straight forward timelines, forging ahead tireless across the march of the story arc. But, still, emotions are wayward things and reason a poor substitute for satisfaction. Perhaps that is one source of the deep pleasure I take in the bittyís stories. So many small things must have played out in the brotherís relationship to give it the deep, complex, and steadfast relationship they had as adults. It is a difficult thing to translate an adult personality down the developmental course and yet give the child-characters a vibrancy of their own, and yet you consistently achieve that. And here, you give the reader a glimpse into the development of Boromirís role as protector and buffer from the outside world. He translates the adult expectations into something that the young Faramir can understand and then gives him the tools to meet those expectations. Such a loving relationship so subtly portrayed. Though the context of their loss is deeply sorrowful, itís the tension between this grief and the beauty of their love and care for each other that is the power of this piece and you play it out well. And this: [ďBut it hurts right now,Ē was Faramirís choked reply.] of course, gets me everytime.

Reviewed by: Branwyn -- Score: 9

This ficlet is set in Edoraslass and Annmarwalk's Pony!verse which follows the fortunes of two toy ponies made by Morwen Steelsheen. After their mother's death, Boromir tries to console his younger brother by giving him his favorite toy. I love Boromir's attitude of "don't touch my stuff!" and also how, when he relents and lets Faramir hold the pony, he isn't entirely sure why he is sharing! It can't be because he loves his younger brother. *grin* Boromir gets credit for being very diplomatic when Faramir offers to give him the toy rabbit in return. (As if a ten-year-old would ever need to sleep with a toy.) Boromir takes a rather parental tone toward Faramir which seems very realistic. After the death of a parent, older siblings often try to assume the role of the missing mother or father, and Tolkien says that Boromir was always protective of his younger brother. His sense of responsibility for others is so evident, even at this young age. Faramir referring to Morwen as "that queen" made me laugh; he clearly has no idea who she is. The story is bittersweet, mixing sad and funny moments, but it never becomes sentimental or maudlin. Very well done!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 9

The toy pony rides again! It's always fun to watch elements common to a set of writers, who are weaving together a particular version of Middle-earth, shift back and forth between their stories. Naturally, it's enjoyable when it's done *well*, but no fear: Edoraslass puts a well-loved toy to good use as she draws two grieving children struggling to comfort each other. Boromir, ten years old, and more aware of the conversations grown-ups don't intend for children to overhear, knows time is running out, that he and Faramir cannot continue to sleep together for comfort after their mother's death for much longer, that they must separate and pretend for a while that everything is all right, until at last it finally is. The toy pony proves the means to soothe Faramir's fears of being alone in his room, and inspires a reciprocal offer that Boromir wisely accepts, enabling Faramir to feel as if he, too, has something to give his brother when everything seems so very wrong and out of control. But they are both young children, still, and Boromir isn't quite ready to give up the comfort of having his younger brother with him at nights, either. It's a fitting ending and quite plausible.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 7

Iím always awed by your Bitty 'Mir stories Ė you write those children with such understanding and imagination, tenderness and skill, but above all, with perfect honesty and reality; and no where else do you demonstrate all these aspects as in ďConsolation.Ē Boromirís devotion to his younger brother, his determination to be a source of comfort to him in spite of his own grief, is heartbreaking and wondrous to see. His offering his own most precious possession displays a wealth of compassion that gives us a glimpse into the man he will become: devoted and protective of the weak and fragile, despite whatever fear and grief he may be suffering himself. But the tale is not at all maudlin: there is lovely humor here, as in Faramir (at five years old) not-quite understanding the significance of regional politics and diplomacy, and his own generous offer of his Precious in exchange for Boromirís. Just a lovely, lovely sweet-and-sad story.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 5

This is so very touching. Poor Boromir, still suffering himself, is doing his utmost to protect his little brother and provide him with comfort. You would think that the adults would be willing to ignore Faramir's visits to his brother for a bit longer - but Nanny has a point. I am sure Denethor would be less understanding if he heard of what was happening. Boromir's solution is brilliant. Particularly as Boromir has withheld Clover until now. And his tact in accepting Faramir's reciprocal offer shows that he could have a future in diplomacy after all! I just love these tales. Boromir, Faramir, Nanny and Clover. What could be better?

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 5

Oh! This was so sweet, but not at all cloying. Just a heartfelt glimpse at two young boys who need to come to terms with the loss of their mother. Boromir is fantastic here, and I loved that he was letting Faramir at least hold his beloved Clover now and then, even if he didn't understand why himself. A lovely glimpse of the compassion that will stay with Boromir all of his life. That he actually gives Clover to Faramir is so completely generous and lovely. Faramir's brave offer of lending Boromir his rabbit and Boromir's diplomatic answer was just perfect! I am so glad that the MEFA's introduced me to the PonyVerse!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

EdorasLass knows how to elicit the warm 'n' fuzzies, as well as heartache, from, her readers, and this vignette is no exception, and deserves a definite "Awwwww." Wonderful characterisation of the young sons of Denethor, just a few months after their mother's death, still trying to cope with her loss. Boromir is definitely the magnanimous older brother to sad little Faramir, every bit the "protector" that Tolkien described. Faramir's offer of the use of his own stuffed toy to nobly repay his brother is a nice touch.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

Beautiful, sweet portrayal of relationship between Boromir and Faramir. I especially like Boromir's careful way of both comforting and bracing Faramir, and how considerate he is of his feelings. His introspection is also very touching: how he takes into account both his brother's immediate need for solace and the future need for Faramir to stand on his own.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

Aww, EL, this is really well done. The boys are obviously grieving, but that doesn't overwhelm the piece. It's nice to see Boromir looking out for Faramir and the fact that it costs him something and that he struggles with what to do just made the story that much more touching.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Such a sweet, sad and tender moment between the two young brothers, so recently bereft of their mother. This is indeed Boromir the Brave, whom Faramir rightly grew up adoring--no wonder, for this big brother is insightful and caring. And very willing to sacrifice for his brother's sake. Lovely!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

The realization that Faramir must give over always seeking comfort by turning to his brother when dreams disturb his sleep is difficult for both brothers, but Boromir finds a way to reassure him.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

Full of little details that add realism, this is a lovely picture of the relationship between the brothers, when their grief for their departed mother is still fresh and raw.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 2

A very sweet, lovely story. The author has managed to capture so much of Boromir's character that manifests during the war.