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The Pit  by Agape4Gondor 5 Review(s)
curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/31/2009
Oh poor Boromir - I am glad to have found this, it makes me more sympathetic towards him. Which shows what an excellent piece of writing it is - in only a dozen or so lines to make me look more kindly on the character. (Not that I was totally unsympathetic before - but I am much more so after!)

To find so little peace in the Golden Woods because of the Evil carried within the party. I wonder, again, did The Ring speak to all of the fellowship in insidious whispers, or did it single out Boromir as a possible weak link? Whichever, I am sorry for him here.

LinaewenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/16/2009
I just found this, it's amazing!! All the more so, because I was just thinking of such a meeting in the forest between these two, and what might come of it.

This is beautifully sad, and very much in line with how I see Boromir's struggle during this time. Suddenly all the possibilities are opened to him, and he realizes his strength is not sufficient to the task. He is literally between a rock and a hard place, and there is no way to avoid the smashing hurt.

If only Aragorn had realized what the danger truly was that was threatening; if only Boromir had opened up and allowed himself to be shielded! Little did he realize, it wasn't too late...

This tale states it is in progress; will there be more? If not, that's okay -- I think it is quite sufficiently poignant as it stands!

Thank you for this glimpse of Boromir's anguish, and for the push it is even now giving my own Muse!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2007
Very moving,this is so sad and plausible.

Author Reply: Thank you. I cannot think of Boromir without sadness.

(well, a little lust too!)

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2007

I interpret Boromir's fall as involving some element of conscious choice, or desire, from him, as well as the Ring being there and whispering; but this story is effective, evocative, and haunting. Beautiful language, too.

Author Reply: Oh Raksha, thanks so much for your kind words - I am humbled by your praise.

Just a word or two - Choice - whether conscious or not - can be taken from us. And too easily.

I know the depths of despair that come from being in the Pit - David in the Bible sings so many psalms of despair - during my times of anguish, they were a light to me... something that I knew someone else had suffered through and vanquished.

Unfortunately, the Pit (or the Ring) can drag even the best of us into its power. And no amount of choice, and many times, no amount of drugs or therapy, can free us from it.

I believe firmly that Boromir was caught in the Ring's power, a power that even Gandalf was afraid of, and pulled in... he did not have a choice. It whittled away at him, as it would have whittled away at the rest of the Fellowship if it had not won the battle against Boromir's sanity.

No, Raksha, sometimes there are not choices when Evil preys upon us. Even the help of friends cannot stop its deadly mission.

I mourn for a fallen hero.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/1/2007
Alas, Boromir! Evil does not enter there, unless you carry it within your heart, and It already had a toehold there.

Author Reply: Thanks for responding, Larner. I see we are not on the same plain when it comes to Boromir... however, Tolkien must have had such fun writing these characters, how can we not???

As for Boromir and evil - I do not believe Tolkien ever said Boromir was evil or carried evil with him - though the comment of Aragorn as they entered the Golden Wood 'might' imply that fact....

It was Frodo who carried evil into Lorien... and the evil itself corrupted Boromir BEFORE it corrupted the rest of the Fellowship. Which was a blessing!

Everyone who spoke of Boromir spoke well of him - from Elrond to Gandalf to Eomer...

As will I.

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