Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Pulling the Wool

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: Makamu
2008 Award Category: Races: Men: General Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Fixed-Length Ficlet Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 3 x 100-word drabbles Boromir is not about to have the wool pulled over his eyes... not at first... or ever.

Reviewed by: Makamu -- Score: 5

The three drabbles presented here do something very remarkable; they characterize Boromir as somebody who is willing to form various relationships with members of the Fellowship as long as he can trust them. Trust can take on different forms-there is the 'seeing' trust he feels around Merry and Pippin and the blind trust he feels around Aragorn, which Aragorn honours after Boromir's departure. This difference in difficulty to trust is also reflected in the stylistic difference between the first and the other two drabbles, while one is light in tone, the others are more sombre. All in all, the story offers a very interesting glimpse into Boromir's psyche and the way the Fellowship interacts.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

An interesting set of drabbles around blinding and deception. Classic comedy in that first drabble - well done, Boromir, avoiding the pitfall that is Pippin's innocent eyes. The turn to far more somber moments makes a sharp contrast, as it seems Boromir goes all too gently down the way to confidence in his own ability to discern and to 'enjoy', perhaps, being blinded. The ending fits nicely, therefore, as a sort of final judgment on his own judgment: Boromir dies eyes wide open to the truth, desire for it once more untainted.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A wonderful drabble series, looking at how wool might be indeed pulled over one's eyes, figuratively and literally. Humorous, vigorous, grieving--Boromir will ever look the world in its face.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

I loved these poignant drabbles and their clever play on words. Poor Boromir,he was the most deluded yet sure of himself member of the Fellowship.The last line was truly heart-rending.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

In these three linked drabbles, Elen Kortirion provides different interpretations of the titular phrase in a clever interplay that moves from light-hearted jest to tragic ending. Each individual drabble is complete and effective in itself, but the final line is made all the more powerful by what has gone before. Well done!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 1

Three nicely linked moments.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

wonderfully thought out and presented to give us new details while echos ring in our ears.