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Torment  by Agape4Gondor 5 Review(s)
Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/2/2007
I found this very powerful and very emotional. You can see how concerned Boromir is for his brother and also how concerned his is for the future of Gondor with the remark he makes about Faramir being the heir should anything happen to him. I found the way Boromir encouraged Faramir to be very in keeping with the character of a soldier and a warrior. I also like the Boromir wasn't gentle in his treatment of the situation but was more firm about it all. He spoke his mind like one would expect him to do.

Author Reply: Sorry for the late response. Sometimes the email notifications get lost in the midst of the RW.

I'm very glad you liked this. It spoke profoundly to me. Being the heir had to be difficult. I can't even imagine. Denethor's concern, the evil they all saw behind the Ephil Duath, his mother's death - all spoke to him of the 'fragility' of life and the fact that no one could know with certainty that they would survive any of it.

mirthorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/6/2007
Honestly, this is the most practical and realistic advice Boromir could give Faramir, as neither had any clue at the time what the future would hold, yet both knew their duty to country and Lord.

They had the misfortune to be born in a time where every man's dreams and natural tendencies had to give way to the good of the people. Faramir's skills being more in tune with statecraft than battle plans does not change the fact that, at that time, Minas Tirith needed wily commanders and warm bodies with swords and bows attached, not diplomats.

Also - though I'm positive Mithrandir taught Faramir many things, I think it discredits Faramir a bit to assume he wouldn't have turned out just as great a man on his own. JMO - thanks for sharing, well done.

Author Reply: Thanks Mirthor!

You are, I think, a kindred spirit. I agree 100% with your assessment of Gondor's needs at this time.

As for Faramir - I very much like your assessment of how he would turn out - even without the wizard's help!

You go!

trishetteReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/6/2007
Awwww, poor Faramir! I can tell Boromir means quite well, being encouraging and everything, but he clearly does not understand just how much it means to Faramir to be a "wizard's pupil". He is doing right, however, in telling his brother to stand up to the father!

Author Reply: Hi, Trishette,

Thanks for reading and the comment. I am hopelessly devoted to the three men of Gondor...

Faramir showed twice that he could and would stand up to his father... with love.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/6/2007
Personally, I'm glad Faramir did continue to see the Wizard and learn from the Wizard and all. And yes, Faramir was the heir to their father in the end, for ill came indeed to Boromir; and he was a great Steward precisely because he DID learn from Mithrandir.

Heh!

Author Reply: Aw, Larner. I'm glad you felt Faramir knew what he was doing. I personally don't think he did. I think he was slightly awestruck by Mithrandir and his incredible knowledge. I think Faramir thirsted for knowledge much as Denethor thirsted for stability and changelessness.

I'm not sure how much, canon-wise, Mithrandir and Faramir's paths crossed. It didn't seem like they often saw each other - yet Denethor seemed to consider Faramir the wizard's pupil. I wonder why?

A sad state of affairs for all - Boromir desperately trying to 'save' Gondor and his family, Faramir trying to be his own person while respecting his father, and Denethor giving every ounce of himself, his family, and his life to preserve what little the Kings of old left him.

A tormented family - all three.

MithLuinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/6/2007
Much is left unsaid - but Boromir understands his brother and father well. It is easy for him, though, to be the one loved by both of them.

Author Reply: Thanks so much for reading and responding. I 'see' Boromir as being a very charismatic fellow... and yes, it was easy for him to be loved... but also, he caried the weight of responsibility for their love... and that was difficult. IMHO.

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