Father and Sons

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Story Summary

Insight into LOTR's most famous dysfunctional family that covers a span of years, from Faramir's adolescence through Sam and Frodo's journey through Ithilien. The personal is political when you're the Steward and his family. Starring: Boromir, Faramir, Denethor, and (to a lesser extent) Imrahil.

Mithril Awards 2003 - Finalist - Best Drama


Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Between Brothers 3,221 0 06 Oct 03
2 The Ones We Love 3,864 0 21 Sep 02
3 See No More With the Eyes of a Child 2,967 0 21 Sep 02
4 Growing Pains 2,470 0 21 Sep 02
5 Yea, Though I Walk in the Shadows... 2,018 0 21 Sep 02
6 After Osgiliath 2,361 0 21 Sep 02
7 Dreams 1,690 0 21 Sep 02
8 Aye, there's the rub 2,888 0 21 Sep 02
9 Discord 4,676 0 21 Sep 02
10 From These Dreams... 3,907 0 21 Sep 02
11 ...What Deeds May Come 5,457 0 27 Nov 02
12 Family Affairs 6,520 0 21 Sep 02
13 Stand Divided 6,211 0 19 Jun 10
14 Beneath the Surface 5,433 0 19 Jun 10
15 Thus Conscience Doth Make Cowards of Us All 6,999 0 19 Jun 10
16 Epilogue: For Lazarus Remains... 3,284 0 30 May 03
17 Author Notes 394 0 05 Jun 02
Appx. Word Count 64,360 0  



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Father and Sons

Starlight - 06 Mar 09 - 7:47 PM

General Comment

(I hope this is the proper place to leave a review...)
I really cannot write a coherent review about such a wonderful story, but thought that you would like to know that I read it and was awed. You have such a firm grasp on these people! Even though one knows how badly things will go for them (and in the case of Denethor, how redemption eludes him in the end) one cannot stop reading and bracing oneself for the next awful blow that comes their way. They are all so human here--even Denethor--and so exquisitely nuanced. Thanks for such an amazing study and portrayal.

Father and Sons

Dwimordene - 07 Mar 09 - 4:00 PM

General Comment

Dear Starlight,

Yes, HASA is always an appropriate place to leave a review for me, and thanks so much for commenting on this story!

I had such a good time writing "Father and Sons" and working out the basic personalities and relationships that informed this triad of characters. I'm glad you found them all convincing and convincingly able to fit in relationship to the ends we know that each of them will go to, but especially that that foreknowledge did not prevent the story from having its own dramatic tension. And in terms of Denethor, I'm glad that "even he" is human - that's a balance I like to struggle with. I'm not a fan of Denethor as a nice guy, but I don't think he is an inhuman monster - he's an entirely too human being who develops  some of the most brilliant and also worst possibilities of being human.

Thanks again for leaving such thoughtful comments!

Happy reading!


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Story Information

Author: Dwimordene

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/15/04

Original Post: 06/05/02

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Playlists Featuring the Story

Stewards of Gondor: Genverse Arc - 5 stories - Owner: Untangling Story Arcs in Dwimordene's Multi-verse
Here follows the list of stories dealing with Denethor, Boromir, and Faramir that are not part of the slash arc.
Included because: Written August 2001-April 2002, this is the central story in the genverse arc, and deals with events spanning from Faramir's adolescence through Boromir's departure for Imladris. It is the second story in the arc according to the internal chronology.

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Denethor II

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