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AU. One less arrow at Amon Hen and things go much differently for beloved good-bad son of Gondor. A veritable odyssey for Boromir ensues, complete with manipulative Valar, exiled elves, Radagast the Brown, and a helpful chorus. Action, adventure, angst, humor. Mixed writing styles (prose and poetry), with a Greco-Roman feel. Rated for violence and adult themes. A warning to the squeamish. 2005 MEFA Award Winner: 1st place, Alternative Universe category


Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Chorus I (The Beginning) 411 0 29 Sep 14
2 Recovery 3,858 0 29 Sep 14
3 The Elves' Departure 4,048 0 29 Sep 14
4 Above Emyn Muil 4,443 0 29 Sep 14
5 Chorus II (Nienna) 197 0 29 Sep 14
6 Pursuit 3,449 0 29 Sep 14
7 The Adraefan 4,499 0 29 Sep 14
8 Radagast the Brown 4,628 0 29 Sep 14
9 Honor Rekindled 3,892 0 29 Sep 14
10 The First Skirmish 4,213 0 29 Sep 14
11 Chorus III (Dream Prologue) 2,936 0 29 Sep 14
12 The March 3,465 0 29 Sep 14
13 Chorus IV (Golradir) 1,121 0 29 Sep 14
14 Mourning 4,925 0 29 Sep 14
15 The Great Tree by Moonlight 4,486 0 29 Sep 14
16 Down to Ered Lithui 3,079 0 29 Sep 14
17 Chorus Silent (Barad-dûr) 3,419 0 29 Sep 14
18 Interlude 226 0 29 Sep 14
19 The End of the Ring War 3,076 0 29 Sep 14
20 The Houses of Healing 4,166 0 29 Sep 14
21 Chorus V (Prayer Answered) 587 0 29 Sep 14
22 The Return of the King 4,262 0 29 Sep 14
23 Slow Awakening 4,591 0 29 Sep 14
24 Shadow and Thought 4,712 0 29 Sep 14
25 Imrahil and the Guard 5,887 0 29 Sep 14
26 Chorus VI (Coronation) 301 0 29 Sep 14
27 Coronation 3,395 0 29 Sep 14
28 The Citadel Courtyards 6,064 0 29 Sep 14
29 Long Day and Longer Night 7,834 0 29 Sep 14
30 An Unexpected Arrival 4,792 0 29 Sep 14
31 Reunion of Two Friends 5,090 0 29 Sep 14
32 Valanya Market 5,242 0 29 Sep 14
33 Children of the Citadel 9,578 0 29 Sep 14
34 Boromir the Mad 8,166 0 29 Sep 14
35 Chorus VII (Sprawling Considerations) 412 0 29 Sep 14
36 Edoras 5,366 0 29 Sep 14
37 Departures 8,126 0 29 Sep 14
38 The Treegarth of Orthanc (Farewells) 6,291 0 29 Sep 14
39 Saruman 5,277 0 29 Sep 14
40 Degeneration 5,521 0 29 Sep 14
41 Chorus VIII (Varda Comes to Boromir in a Dream) 827 0 29 Sep 14
42 Recovery in Imladris 4,208 1 29 Sep 14
43 Apples, Tea, and Radagast 5,042 0 29 Sep 14
44 Ill News at Bree 8,301 0 29 Sep 14
45 Chorus Interrupted (The Finish) 4,621 0 29 Sep 14
46 The Shire 5,827 0 29 Sep 14
47 Final Chorus (Another Beginning) 461 0 29 Sep 14
48 Author's Notes 1,496 0 29 Sep 14
Appx. Word Count 196,814 1  



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painless - 02 Sep 06 - 1:24 PM

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Thank you very much for this story! It totally  blew me away. I think it's most likely the best LotR fic I've read.

Thank you!


cleis - 27 Oct 09 - 8:39 AM

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i am a new member to HASA as was not able to satisfy my thirst for boromir stories. i have decided to come back to the LOTR fandom after 5 years and was glad to see this story tucked amongst thousands just waiting to be appreciated and loved again! i am not a writer (although i have tried several times in the past only to fail miserabl!) but i do know how to appreciate a well-written, well-thought of story when i see one. i am nearly done reading all 50+ chapters of your story (without any interruptions!) and have shamelessly cried for the last 20 chapters or so.... i haven't read a more engaging, emotionally-wrought, story in a long time. I am glad that there are still writers out there like you who dare share their talent with us simple-readers.

i have loved boromir's character eversince reading tolkien's books which brings me to what you have just written

"Ah, my sweet mortal Man,
all rugged and ragged and ruined and scarred
long have I favored you, loved you as a babe,...."

he is just so flawed and noble that i think he deserves more than a passing thought in the First Book. thank you for expounding on his character and for giving him justice among the other nine walkers!

thank you also for sharing the adraefan! i have never enjoyed a group of elves in my life!

I can't wait to finish this story! i do hope that varda's whispers should suffice to pull boromir out of his rut and at the end receive his rewards as varda promised! 

thank you and i will now keep on reading! :)


cleis - 27 Oct 09 - 11:25 AM

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thank you for sharing! i am exhausted for all the crying i've did for boromir. i will surely wake up tomorrow with puffy eyes!

thank you for putting so much thought and energy to your story. all  the minor details were not overlooked! the dialogue was engaging. the dream sequences were just right. the characters well-played! can i just say that i miss Third One?

i have yet to really digest the ending of your story and will go to sleep still thinking about boromir's plight (could'nt we just sign him up for alcoholics anonymous?). he wouldn't have gotten away with going back to the bottle is he wasn't Varda's favorite! Yes, it was fitting that Frodo would be the one to see him off...

i hope you have another boromir story waiting for me :). i hope you are still writing!  thank you for this wonderful gift! 

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Story Information

Author: Aeneid

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 10/20/05

Original Post: 08/10/04

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Playlists Featuring the Story

Banjoverse: The Full Epic - 13 stories - Owner: Banjoverse!
The full list of stories set in banjoverse. Chronologically. Gondor, Third Age. War of the Ring era and beyond.
Included because: One of the epics that spawned banjoverse. A pillar to the series.
Radio Rec List - 9 stories - Owner: Dwimordene

Thanks to the marvel that is the mp3, there's rarely a perfectly silent moment in my conscious life. Whether it's someone else's annoying iPod or my own stuff, there's pop music aplenty and much repetition. This is where the trite and the literary meet. Read on, while I date myself (child of eighties and nineties), display my musical tastes for good or ill, cause cognitive dissonance, and perhaps recommend some stories.

Created for the HASA Playlist Challenge.

Included because: 'Running up that hill', by Kate Bush. Key lines: 'Ooh, there is thunder in our hearts. Is there so much hate for the ones we love? '
Where History Has Been Fixed - 8 stories - Owner: Boromir's Alternate Histories
Need a Boromir!Lives fix? This is the place to be.
Included because: A somewhat dark look at how Boromir's life might have been with one less arrow.


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