2. Author's Notes
I think, sometimes, that JRRT could not have gotten The Hobbit approved here at HASA. I 'test the waters' before I put a story up for review. These are only some of the accolades I received on this particular story from fans on other boards. However, 'I Will Comfort Thee' was not accepted for HASA archiving.
Grey Wonderer Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/22/2007
I think it would have been very good for all of them to journey back to that place. This is lovely.
Daynawayna Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/18/2007
What a wonderful story A4G! I'm partial to Faramir stories and I love it when men can be real in their grief (and hobbits, dwarves and elves too!), and this just touched me so deeply! And Boromir 'speaking' to his little brother where he gave his life... very profound. I just loved it.
Thank you so much for giving us what I know the Professor would agree is the correct insight into these men/hobbits/elf and dwarf and for finally having peace with Boromir's sacrifice. God Bless, Dayna
Edlyn Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/17/2007
I'm crying as I type this. This was such a moving piece that it grabbed my heart and won't let go.
I think I mourned along with all of them as I read.
I have no problem with Aragorn leaving the City between his coronation and the wedding. As you stated in your note, he does have a Ranger's wanderlust and it will take time for him to learn to control it. And frankly, he needed to be there with the others. Some pop psychologist would say they all found closure there. In my opinion, when it comes to the death of someone you love, there is no such thing as closure but there is comfort and I believe that you most successfully showed that all of them were comforted by making the pilgrimage.
I think it wouldn't have been as powerful a story if you had Frodo, Sam and Gandalf come along as they weren't there during Boromir's death. Well, Faramir wasn't either, but he is a special case. Having him sit in the spot where his brother died was perfect. The healing can begin for them all now, I think, though Boromir will be missed by each of them as long as they live.
Faramir's "I can live without him. But I don't want to." line had to be the most heartbreaking thing I've read in a long time. I felt that way when my mother passed away nearly 10 years ago and my feelings haven't changed on that score. I hope that this story's Faramir has an easier time coping than I did.
Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with us. Edlyn
Pearl Took Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/17/2007
So beautifully touching. I love the tears and the comforting tree. So Beautiful!!
I agree, Aragorn would yet morn for Boromir.
Antane Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/17/2007
Very nice story. I love the title and it's good to see how Aragorn and Faramir would have gotten along - very well and close I'm sure. Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
Larner Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/17/2007
A wonderful moment for healing for all, although I'm not certain precisely which "-verse" it falls in, as Aragorn had refused to tell his companions why he wished them to remain in Minas Tirith--we know he and Gandalf knew, and I have speculated that Legolas probably also knew; but the Hobbits had been kept in the dark as to why they were remaining.
I love the reprise of the lament for Boromir here, and feel it was used indeed properly. And Faramir being comforted by both his brother's spirit and the tree, particularly as he came in company with an Elf, was most appropriate.
A lovely moment of hurt-comfort.
shirebound Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/17/2007
What a lovely story, and such a profound healing journey for Faramir!
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