Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Postponing the Inevitable

Author: EdorasLass
Nominator: Anoriath
2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance: With Rohirrim

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Theoden reflects on the relationship between Theodred and Boromir, and the inevitable future.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 10

What a gorgeous character study of Théoden. Of course, it's all interwoven with the blissful alternate universe we've created for Rohan, where the national motto is, “Life is short – seize your joy.” In our Rohan, sexual pleasure is one of the great, if fleeting, joys of life, to be savored without guilt or shame. The conflict between the Rohirric mores, and those of Gondor, are sources of much delightful angst, but in this story, the angst is taking a different turn. EdorasLass's Théoden is a loving, generous, if somewhat indulgent father, even to his thirtysomething son. For fifteen years, from the very beginning, Théoden has been aware of the relationship between his son and Gondor's heir. Free of the need for displeasure over the nature of relationship itself, Théoden's concern is over the inevitable heartbreak that would ensue at the end of the affair. To spare both his son, and his son's lover, unnecessary pain, he has for several years postponed or avoided the issue in council. Now, though, with both political and biological clocks ticking (for the Rohirrim have not the extended lifespans of their Numenorean allies), the issue is beginning to become more urgent, the need to guarantee the succession more pressing. What is intriguing is that EdorasLass has set this tale fifteen years into the relationship (TA 3011). Boromir and Théodred did not meet their doom until six years later. Did Theoden disregard dynastic needs altogether, and give those last six years as a gift to his son? Did he sense, as perhaps Théodred did himself, that the second line of kings of the Mark would be sacrificed to insure the survival of Rohan?

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 6

[mild spoilers] This is a very touching and wonderful addition to the universe of Boromir/Theodred stories. I've read a few stories that have the two men worrying over having to get married, of course, but I think this is the first one that takes it from the fatherly point-of-view. Theoden is wonderfully conceived, not unconcerned with political matters but still not quite capable of stopping his spoiling of Theodred. It's a subtle position, and EL writes it well. I recommend it to all people who enjoy this 'ship, but with a proviso: Boromir and Theodred aren't even present in the piece, and those of you looking for a hawt story probably would be disappointed; but it gives a marvellously warm view of the real humanity of the relationship, in a short space, so if you're looking for something to make you smile and sigh happily, give it a read.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 4

Phew! Who would think that the musing of a father about his son and his son's friend would be quite so hot! I like the phases he went through before coming to his decision. His tolerance at what some other father would go through the roof with. I liked the fact that, when his first hope did not materialize (the breaking of the relationship), that he was still able to look with calm at the situation. Very, very nice moment. Lovely tale. *sobs*