Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Clear Conscience (The Clear Shot Remix)

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2008 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Angst/Tragedy

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: What if Boromir and Faramir had met Frodo before the Quest? How would that have affected the outcome of the story? (Based on The Clear Shot, by Claudia)


Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

hey dreamflower, who would have geussed that we would be having a conversation on alternative universes and frodo, boromir,and faramir. didn't we just do this on lord of the rings community general fiction. now you will know that this vote means something because you have already gotten the idea that it wasn't my favored plot; not for the reasons it may have sounded like. you label it clearly alternative so i can relax my belief in middle earth and let things build on their own. the reason i dislike the plot is i'm anti- careless hunters. as a person who can't hit a barn with a softball i feel people who take up arms have an obligation to see what they shoot BEFORE they fire.other than that one little spot... this is a dramatic and attention riveting story that holds the reader at the computer hoping and maybe praying that things will be other then envitable. when you offer your characters redemption you offer it to them at their own level of comfort, you don't insist that they throw away the weapons of war but you give them the chance to grow and improve as much or as little as they care to. i had read this story before coming to the mefa site and was happy to see that you had been nominated for this one. everything you write that i've read so far has been top of the line its nice to know that someone knew how to reward you. good luck and write more SOON.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Ah, but what might have happened had Boromir and Faramir, long ago in their youth, managed to travel north and accidently--and almost fatally--met Frodo Baggins? How might that have changed the outcome of the quest? A remarkable retelling of much of the action of LOTR with that thought in mind, as a Boromir who long ago swore to protect Frodo as he could to make up for his youthful mistake faces--and recognizes--the Ring's determination to take him, and successfully fights it. What a marvelous, joyful Might-Have-Been! Very well worth the read!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

A lot of AUs seem to concentrate on tiny shifts that create huge changes, but Dreamflower takes a slightly different approach with this story. The tiny shift has certainly created change, but crux of the story remains intact. There really are many roads leading to Rome. Or, in this case, Minas Tirith. And by taking a different route, a few people arrive at the end of the road that might not have otherwise made it. Sometimes small changes can make big differences, but sometimes they can leave well enough alone and just tweak the ending to make it that much brighter.

Reviewed by: Cathleen -- Score: 4

What might have happened if Boromir had met Frodo many years earlier? In this excellent remix Dreamflower explores that question and more, handling it with her usual skill and care. Remixes are never easy, as I found out when I tried one, and what the writer has achieved with "Clear Conscience" is not only a different, 'what if' view, but a real tribute to the writer of the original fic she modelled her remix on.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A lovely might-have-been; where a chance meeting between the sons of Denethor and Frodo many years before the Ring War affects certain behaviors and decisions during the more familiar time of 3018-3019. The chain of events and emotions resulting in Boromir's survival with integrity, and body, intact is well and plausibly written.