Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To Wait for Sun's Returning

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Cathleen
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Friendship - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Gandalf observes the interactions between the hobbits and Boromir.


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 6

There are several things about this story which I find impressive. One is the perspective. I think it's not easy to write about Gandalf, to write him as an observer is certainly a sophisticated variation. It seems very appropriate - if anyone, Gandalf is the one who would watch like this: deeply involved yet at the same time sub specie aeternitatis. Then there is the way the narrative develops from the lighter-hearted beginning to the more profound themes that form its core. I like how you have highlighted cultural similarities and differences here. The motif of the holly wreath, which echoes Jesus' crown of thorns, is very well handled - the symbolic meaning is clear but not overstated. Pippin's song rounds off the story beautifully.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 5

I have a soft spot in my heart for Boromir-and-the-Hobbits stories, and this one is particularly delightful. The juxtaposition of holiday time (and the opportunity for reminiscences of customs at home) and Gandalf in Wise Elder mode provides for lots of colorful, amusing interactions. There's also a lovely bittersweet tinge to the tale, Boromir pondering his failings and transgressions of the past year, his lack of opportunity to make things right. This is lightened by Pippin's holiday carol, an inspired touch, Pippin's youth and joy upholding Boromir and the other members of the Fellowship on this dark night. A truly lovely, memorable story.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Of the several Yule-on-the-Quest stories I've read, I think that this is my favorite. We see the familiar image of Boromir teaching Merry and Pippin how to handle their swords, much as we see it in both Bakshi's and PJ's versions of events (that is a piece that simply feels right!), then tak turning to the turning of the year and how it is celebrated in Gondor. The way that Boromir explains the customs and the two younger Hobbits seek to see him celebrate them is so heartwarming! Truly a tale worth reading, and one I've enjoyed rereading once again.

Reviewed by: Cathleen -- Score: 4

This story was written for me as my request for the GFIC group's Yule Fic Exchange last year, and remains one of my favorite looks at how Yule on the Quest might have taken place. Dreamflower has crafted a lovely first person pov as Gandalf watches over "his flock". I love Merry and Pippin's dismay at Boromir's mention of fasting, lol! This tale is a touching and charming look at a special day on a horrendous journey. Thank you, Dreamflower!

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 4

This is a wonderful touching little story. It is a story I wish Tolkien would have told in LOTR instead of just saying they walked for so many days. It fills out the gaps on what might have happened during the long walk. Pippin is my favorite character in this tale. He is so young and innocent still, but he is also wise and has pegged Boromir. After this I wish that Boromir would have been able to withstand the ring.

Reviewed by: Cairistiona -- Score: 4

A lovely glimpse of the interactions of Merry and Pippin and Boromir--and really, of the entire fellowship because none are excluded even if this does focus on Boromir and Merry and Pippin. Seeing it through Gandalf's eyes makes for an interesting perspective, since you also get a good look at Gandalf's inner thoughts about the hobbits and Boromir. Very much enjoyed this!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

A lovely story of friendship. I always appreciate tales that showcase Boromir and his noble side. The man has a lot to recommend him, but he sometimes gets a shorted in fiction. Dreamflower paints a beautiful picture of an early Fellowship in which friendships are still being established and differing customs are still being explored. The turning of the year feels like a very natural time to reach out to one another, and Pippin and Merry prove that they are talented in bridging the cultural gaps. Superb story!

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 3

Love the song at the end, especially the end of the song because it is so true. Also loved Gandalf thinking there is more hope for Boromir because hobbits are near. Interesting observation of Pippin that people may continue to be bothered by their regrets after burning. Interesting customs also.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 3

A vignette filled with sweetness and a sense of wistful longing. I love stories which focus on Boromir and his relationship with Merry and Pippin on the Quest before things go wrong and this is a good one. A quiet, uneventful evening on the journey provides insight into a number of characters. I quite enjoyed Gandalf's POV.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A gentle vignette with excellent characterisation of Gandalf and the two younger hobbits. As usual, Dreamflower really gets the hobbits 'right'! And the dialogue is nicely written as well.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 2

This is a nice look at the early days of the Fellowship when they are all still learning about each other. Poor Boromir. He never really got to enjoy his friendship with the hobbits.