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Duty Bound  by Bodkin 78 Review(s)
Pipkin SweetgrassReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/1/2010
This was most beautifully rendered and very moving. You've done so very well with it...thank you so much for such a wonderful tale.

Pipkin SweetgrassReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 1/3/2007
Bravo, my dear!

I wept. And I am not a weeper! This was just fantastic. I expect I'll nominate this for an award next year. If this is posted at, I can put it in my archive. And it should be archived, in honor of the tale and the teller.

Again, Bravo!

Author Reply: Thank you, Pipkin. I am glad you enjoyed the story. I was suddenly impelled to write about Boromir - remarkable in itself, as he doesn't usually take centre stage - and it was a great experience.

I'm afraid I don't do - I landed up here first and never got round to ff. But I am honoured that you feel this story is worth archiving. Thank you again.

Pipkin SweetgrassReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/3/2007
I've gone halfway with this story and would love to finish it at one sitting, but fate intercedes, darn it!

This is wonderful, and so very well written. I love what you're doing with this. I'll pick it back up tomorrow, and will be on pins and needles until I can finish this wonderfully crafted story.

Author Reply: I'm glad you're enjoying it! It was one of those stories that jumps into your head almost fully formed - and a pleasure to write.

I'm relishing the thought of you itching to get back to reading - and I hope you continue to enjoy it.

SoledadReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/24/2006
I've felt it was only fair that I finally checked out your stories, after all the loving support you've given me in the recent years. :)

Anyway, I'm glad I finally have the time to do some reading, and that I found this story. It's sad, wonderful, touching and so very believable. Aranged marriages aren't a pleasant thing, and yet they might have grown close, after all, would tragedy not strike. I liked your Imrahil very much, although your Denethor gave me the creeps.

The only thing I missed was an explanation why Emeldís' mother never left her tower. Not that it would make any difference, I'm just as sucker for such little details. *g*

Wonderful story!

Author Reply: Thank you! It's great to have you visit - I'm glad you found it enjoyable!

It just seemed suddenly so unlikely to me that Denethor - in the position that confronted him - wouldn't have wanted to ensure his family line. And he is the kind of man who, despite not having married until he was older, wouldn't necessarily see that as a reason for not marrying off his sons. He has rather a tendency, I think, to be absolutely certain that he knows best. Moreover, arranged marriages - or at least encouraged marriages - would probably have been quite likely in a society like Gondor. Preserving the bloodlines, making alliances, keeping a tight hold on property and power are all integral in aristocratic societies. Denethor is ... not evil ... but, perhaps, on the point of becoming enmeshed in the rather personality-changing toils of the Palantir. Which is why, on Emeldis's death, he didn't get round to arranging further marriages for his sons. And I do like Imrahil! It always feels very easy to portray him positively!

I didn't get round to explaining why Emeldis's mother never left her tower - although it is in my head! And what happened was this ... There was a fire - caused by a candle catching the bed curtains, perhaps - and Emeldis's brother died and her mother was burned, suffering facial injuries. She adores her children while they are babies, but, once they get old enough to react to her injuries, she pushes them away. It is hard for her family - but they do their best to care for her and stand between her and the world. It didn't develop into more than an outline - but that's it! Denethor wasn't bothered - an accident is not going to affect the family bloodlines and Emeldis's parents are undeniably fertile. /and fertility can be a problem in some old, rich families, since they have a passion for marrying heiresses - and heiresses, by definition, tend to come from small families and lack brothers to inherit their parents' wealth.

So that's the background!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/22/2006
Oh Bodkin, this was really sad. Emeldís was a great character, poor thing. You created a mystery around her that really pulled me in. I couldn't help feeling for her and Boromir--so clueless in deeling with all that was put upon them, but trying nonetheless. Of course, we knew something bad had to have happened to her and the child, but even expecting it, that was so sad. And the framing conversation with the Fellowship really underlined the sadness. Poor Boromir. I don't suppose I could convince to to make one of your famous happy endings as an epilogue for this. Its so sad!

Great story!

Author Reply: Thank you, elliska. But I think the happy ultimate outcome can be left to the imagination of the reader. Because it would be there for them all. No matter that the ring did its best to corrupt him - ultimately it failed and he died defending the defenceless. (Relatively defenceless, anyway.) And maybe his love of and desire to protect Emeldis and the child - and his failure - helped him see people as individuals to be shielded rather than just being concerned with the state of Gondor. It is sad - it had to be sad. There's no way that Boromir can have had a wife and a dozen children waiting for him at home. But maybe he cared more for the hobbits because of that little one who didn't grow up to ride and spar with him.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/19/2006
A gentle closure was needed after such a story.

I like Boromir's nod to Aragorn.

Author Reply: It is now some years past - fifteen or so, I reckon. Long enough for the worst of the sting to ease, if not long enough to forget.

Two men here - who share an understanding (no matter what) that perhaps does not touch the other races.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/19/2006
This was an unhappy tale... A tragic ending was anticipated, but it hurts the heart unexpectatedly.

I am happy for the good times you gave them and feel terrible over the loss, all the same. They were two good people caught in a crisis, becoming its victims. Well-told with reallistic touches, which make it all the more sad.

Author Reply: It had to be unhappy, really. Poor Boromir cannot be gifted with a happy ending. But I think it is important that he learned to love Emeldis and that he was prepared to love the son who did not live to know him. Between that and his love for Faramir, I think it prepared him to care for the hobbits - and made his sacrifice for them even more likely. (Not that he got a lot of choice, really. But the willingness is important.)

And maybe Emeldis and the child will be awaiting him in whatever afterlife is there for him.

SurgicalSteelReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/19/2006
An entirely plausible scenario - and utterly heartbreaking. Well done.

Author Reply: Thank you! Poor Boromir - he would have made an excellent husband and father. I feel he had a carefully hidden soft streak that would have made him much loved by his children. But it couldn't happen.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/19/2006
A very touching story, I eagerly await each chapter and hope you will tell us next about Faramir through Boromir's eyes.

Author Reply: Thank you, Linda. This was just a short tale and I don't have any plans at the moment to have Boromir talk about his brother. It would be an interesting perspective, though, as we seem more often to see Faramir talking about his older brother. Maybe an idea will strike one day!

mirthorReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 11/18/2006
Thanks for sharing. I liked this tale about my favorite character, and it was written well.

Author Reply: Thank you. I don't usually writed about Boromir, although I am very fond of him as a character. This arrived complete in my head, though, and wouldn't leave me alone until I finished it. I am happy you liked it.

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