Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Sky Wept Diamonds

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Boromir and Faramir - First Place

Story Type: Vignette : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: The birth of Boromir, as witnessed and reported by a serving-woman of Lady Finduilas. Birth involves many customs and superstitions; a woman of Gondor gives a vernacular description of the events and omens that surrounded Boromir's birth. (Vignette)

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

Great imagery! I loved the descriptions of light and shadows. The omens surrounding Boromir's birth were definitely foreboding, but I loved the fact that Finduilas wouldn't shrink from them. Her characterization was brilliant. She was strong and hopeful, but she was also wise. Definitely a good match for Denethor. As for Denethor himself, he didn't have much time in this story, but he certainly made the most of what he had. He was stern and relentless, but as the serving woman observed, he was completely devoted to Finduilas. I loved the descriptions of the lengths he went to just to please her. And like Finduilas, he was also strong when he needed to be. I see a lot of what both Boromir and Faramir will inherit.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

Once again, Finduilas is the prophet at the birth of son, and it is rather chilling what she foresees for Boromir, however hazy. What a way to bring a child into the world! I definitely appreciated Denethor's characterization—his powerlessness and anger at it strike me as right for my favorite anal-retentive, controlling Steward. The narrator doesn't lack for nerve, given the news she has somehow to bear to Denethor: "How do you tell a man he's about to lose his wife and his firstborn child? Quickly, that's how." Fortunately, it doesn't come to that, but one can imagine that two such births and the effort and grief expended in them, might well hasten Finduilas' decline.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

I must admit, I don't have the first clue what a lot of the symbolism meant, but I could tell that the people who were supposed to know did. What I could understand seemed consistent with what we know of canon, but also vague enough that it could be encouraging and discouraging at the same time -- which is the way with such things, often enough. The voice of the narrator also worked well. And I don't think I've ever thought of Denethor as being an indulgent one, but if anyone could make him that way it would be Finduilas. Well told.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 4

This is a remarkable tale. You did a wonderful job weaving so many threads together: Boromir's bright and forceful character, the miriad superstitions and rituals of birthing, Findiulas's heritage - how appropriate her son was helped to birth by water! The voice of your narrator was clear and unique, with both love for and caution at her mistress's difference heard.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting view of her. It is interesting to see the differences in culture between the differnt parts of Gondor.