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Branwyn's Bric--Brac  by Branwyn 4 Review(s)
BodkinReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/4/2007
Very true.

And Faramir would see it, regret it - and do his duty anyway.

Author Reply: No, he wouldn't doubt the necessity for a minute, though he would still be grieved that so much of his education had been in the art of killing.
Thanks for reviewing!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/3/2007
You capture Faramir's personality beautifully here.I believe he retained his inner core of gentleness despite having to kill.

Author Reply: Yes, it is amazing that he was never brutalized by what he had to do (unlike the many people who become desensitized to violence).
I am glad you liked this, and thanks so much for commenting.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/3/2007
Our favorite Steward-to-be realizes all to well how he has been led into the skills of warfare, he who loves not the sword for the brightness of its blade, but for what it can be used to protect.

Author Reply: It seemed like such an insidious process, starting as game with a toy bow and ending with manslaughter. Though Faramir would see what had been done to him and the other soldiers, he would also consider it necessary in the circumstances.
Thanks for your kind words. :-)

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/2/2007
Succint and evocative; the thought patterns are very much what I would expect of Faramir.

And the idea of the gentle lessoning in how to kill is haunting.

Author Reply: It must have been such a relief for him when he could finally lay down arms. To stay sane, some people might rationalize the killing or try not to think about what they were doing, but Faramir would never have been that easy on himself. He would not have doubted that what he did was necessary, but he still would have felt horror at killing.
Glad you like this, and thanks for writing.

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