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The Long Race  by Branwyn 7 Review(s)
Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/28/2008
Very very nice - even with the onions thrown in occassionally! I knew Faramir would come through and soundly win - I also enjoyed the mention of Boromir's prowess at the race.

Great job!

Author Reply: Those onions were part of the fic request and not optional! Tolkien says that the Rohirrim had great respect and liking for Boromir. He must have been a hard act to follow for Faramir who was not as "like unto the swift sons of Eorl" as his brother had been.
Thanks so much for your kind comments!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/25/2008
Ah, Eomer--you ARE a naughty one! Heh!

Lovely images here! Heh!

Author Reply: Poor Eomer--everyone is assuming the worst about him! Maybe that pleasant lady does nothing more than give him a nice backrub. *grin*
Thanks for commenting. :)

websteransReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/24/2008
Now, that was just plain fun!

Author Reply: I am glad you enjoyed it! It was fun to write.
Thanks for reviewing. :)

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/24/2008
A rousing good time had by all in this delightful story! I love the cheerful Rohirrim; after the doom and gloom of their lives in TTT and ROTK, they must have been starving for merriment. Faramir and Eomer are both beautifully characterised; and the air of mutual respect is credible.

Of course I loved the scenes with half-nekkid and fully nekkid Faramir (and Eomer!); regretting only that I was not written into them with a camera.

Loved the bit where Eomer mentions the ancient rules that cannot be named, and the other Riders laugh. And the fight with floppy onions; and Faramir's improvising (proving Eowyn's prediction to be right), was great! And of course, I could understand the innkeeper's disappointment that she didn't get to dig her hands into Faramir's weary muscles. I'm sure that Eomer more than made up for it, though.

You do realize that you will have to write the story of how the Rohirrim came to have so many views of Boromir's tattoo, and what the tattoo is (a swan, perhaps?)....

Author Reply: The Rohirrim are inspired by the Anglo-saxons who dearly loved the "hall joys" of drinking and making merry, so I think they would like to party. But I did say what Boromir's tatoo was--a big horn. The Rohirrim might have seen it when he was bathing in a public place like a lake or bathhouse, or (depending on how old he was at the time) he might have had one too many glasses of mead and decided to show it off, lol!
Thanks for the kind comments,

6336Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/24/2008
O Kay! Onions! I nearly spluttered tea all over the key board, you should put a warning on this not to eat and drink while reading!
Ah those sneaky Gondorions, they always manage to come out on top!

Author Reply: Faramir would never tell someone a lie, but using subterfuge as part of his plan of attack is an entirely different matter. :)
Glad I made you laugh, and thanks for the kind review!

annmarwalkReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/24/2008
What a breezy, lighthearted story! I particularly like the way you've woven the "Onion" theme in all over the place, starting with Eowyn venting her displeasure on the hapless root vegetables. I can just see already-slightly-giddy Faramir and Eomer twacking at each other with limp onions. And there's "The Onion Riddle" reincarnated in folksong form! *chortles with glee*

Author Reply: Sort of the fanfic equivalent of a summer movie. :D
Thanks so much for beta-reading and thanks for reviewing!

SarahReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/24/2008
Very good indeed. You have really captured the culture of the Rohirrim!


Sarah xxx

Author Reply: Thanks for your kind review!

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