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Duty Bound  by Bodkin 78 Review(s)
Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/18/2006
A truely elegant story, Bodkin. Beautiful.

Author Reply: Thank you - I am pleased you liked it!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/18/2006
"She mewled, a haunting cry, like a screech owl floating on the breeze in the summer twilight."

Again a beautiful statement. Something tells me you've heard a screech owl's call.

This chapter could not have been more beautifully written. Not sappy nor maudlin, beautiful in its paiinfulness and painful in its beauty.

Author Reply: The end of their relationship was inevitable - and he was never going to have a happy marriage and children. Poor Boromir.

Owls make very unearthly noises.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/18/2006
Once again, I just had to comment:

"A wife, Boromir had discovered, was not comparable to a junior officer."

The surprise shared by military men the world over!

Author Reply: Boromir is rather a man's man, I think. Went to the army young and thinks in hierarchies. But no. He wouldn't find a wife leaping to fulfil his commands ... especially as I think he's secretly very soft-hearted when it comes to women and children. And animals.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/18/2006
"Memories two decades old stirred up and choked the man of Gondor, like the dust in a long-abandoned room. ‘No,’ he said, ‘but I was once.’ "

I wasn't going to leave a response at each chapter, but I had to comment on this lovely descriptive sentence, a very painterly statement. Well Done!!
Back to reading :-)

Author Reply: Thank you! Poor Boromir. He doesn't get many breaks, really. Except when he's playing with the hobbits!

meckinockReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/18/2006
This was a very intriguing exploration of Boromir, Bodkin; lending shadow and depth to his character. It's very sad though to contemplate how little he has left of "later." Like Aragorn, he has deferred happiness in favor of duty, but for him there isn't to be any.

Author Reply: Poor Boromir. He was clearly a loving character - Faramir's devotion to him speaks well of him - and he is beautifully poetic about his love for his city. I think he would have made a good husband and father - but I am particularly surprised that Denethor didn't insist on an early marriage for him. The lack of heirs to the Stewardship plays (politically) into the hands of the northern heir of Isildur. If Boromir had half a dozen sons raised to rule and defend Gondor, odds on at least two of them would have opposed the return of any king and civil war would have ensued. It's only because there is one calm and self-effacing Faramir that Aragorn is able to become king so smoothly.

Denethor must have become far too absorbed in the Palantir if he forgot something that basic! No wives = no children = the end of many a noble house.

Both Boromir and Aragorn put their duty ahead of their own needs - and it's just luck (and authorial decision) that Aragorn's boat comes in - while Boromir's elven craft drifts out to sea.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/18/2006
A great ending to this Bodkin. Sorry, no time today to extol all it's virtures properly! *g*

Author Reply: Thank you - I am glad you have enjoyed the tale. Have a good weekend!

French PonyReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/17/2006
That was a nice ending. It really gives a little depth to Boromir, who has a distinct tendency to turn out a little bit one-sided.

Author Reply: I don't really know why I suddenly had the urge to write about Boromir - but I wanted to give him a past that made him more rounded emotionally - and perhaps gave him an added reason for his desperate need to protect Gondor and then sacrifice himself for a couple of young hobbits. I like Boromir!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/17/2006
Oh, I like this little epilogue...I was sorta hoping there'd be one with that sweet young fool of a Took once more! Well, that child might have lived to see the overthrow of Sauron also...but it wasn't to be.

Thanks for a most lovely story!

~~~{~@

Author Reply: The child, had he lived, might well have been in the situation of those young Rohirrim at Helm's Deep - forced by the situation into taking a man's role in battle. He would be about the age at which boys were on the verge of being sent to fight anyway. And I suppose that knowing his son wouldn't die on the plains before Mordor might be some consolation for having lost him.

Thank you - I'm glad you liked it.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/17/2006
A hunger for knowledge as well as food, and a desire to care for others, to nurture the soul as they nurture the earth they farm. Yes, Hobbits are a wonderful people.

And Frodo's understanding and compassion coupled with Boromir's appreciation of the fact Frodo does understand is wonderful to see.

Author Reply: Hobbits are sensitive to mood, I think - and close to the earth. I think Boromir grew very fond of them. Particularly of Merry and Pippin - who are quite young. But I do think the other members of the Fellowship would come to see, if they didn't know from the first, that Frodo was their equal in experience if not in stature - and weighed down with an intolerable burden.

SlightlyTookishReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/17/2006
A very nice conclusion to this tale. I love that the hobbits did not press the issue - of course they wouldn't want to cause Boromir unneccessary pain - and I enjoyed this look at Boromir and a past he might have had.

Author Reply: Frodo might take Boromir aside and encourage him to speak - but I think the others would know better than to pry. They would leave it to the senior hobbit - if he felt it necessary! Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

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