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When Brothers Are Not So Close

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When Brothers Are Not So Close

We all know that Boromir and Faramir were best friends as well as brothers, right? Or do we? What about Elladan and Elrohir? Merry and Pippin? The popular version of these pairs is that they were buddies, pals, comrades, anything and everything as long as they were close to each other. But in canon, very little is said about the personal lives of these people.

What if they were not so close? What if Boromir and Faramir couldn't talk without starting an argument? What if Merry was always giving Pippin unwanted advice? What if Elladan and Elrohir despised the fact that they were twins and were expected to be close?

So here are the four options for this challenge:

- Write one of these brotherly pairs showing their relationship to be cool or distant, whether it is because of personality, principles, or outside forces that keep them from being what is commonly seen in fanfiction. Show how the vague comments in canon about their relationship could be seen in a different light.
- Or, if you really can't see your favorite brothers being chilly with each other for all time, write about a major argument that keeps them separated for a while. Not just a little squabble, but something big enough to ruin the relationship if not resolved. Does it get resolved? And if so, is the relationship ever the same?
- Another option, if you can't see a distant relationship as a possibility in canon, is to write an AU where some outside force drives the brothers apart, and how this might affect canon.
- And the other option is to explore the relationships outside of canon, either before or after it. If you think they were close in canon, were they always that way? Did they use to hate each other, and why did they stop? Did they love each other in canon, and something happened after?

Whatever your reason, let's see some discord!

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aeneid - Imladris Interpreted
General Audience
Last Updated: 20 Oct 05
Boromir and Faramir have a dream. They seek counsel from their father. Tension, insults, loud blinking, advice and some funny words. Written in free-verse poetry. HASA Members, check out the new trailer! 2005 MEFA Award Winner: 3rd place, Poetry; 2nd place, Poem Authors
Alassante - Mischief in Imladris
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 07 Jun 07
Four drabbles - a three part series and extra one about the children of Elrond.
Darth Fingon - The Old Ways
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Oct 07
Near the end of the First Age, Maedhros and Maglor are driven out of Beleriand and end up in the only remaining safe haven: the Isle of Balar. They bring with them the eight-year-old sons of Eärendil. Implied slash and AU aspects.

Newest chapter: Glorfindel and Ereinion attempt a reconciliation. Foul language.
Eowyn77 - For Glory
General Audience
Last Updated: 22 May 07
A series of vignettes about Boromir's quest as seen through Faramir's eyes.
MerryK - For Gondor's Sake
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Aug 07
Boromir took the journey to Rivendell from Faramir, but not for the reasons he gave to the Council.
Peregrin Ionad - Upon the Pebbled Shore
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Mar 08
Upon the pebbled shores of the sea stand two brothers, but as the tide begins to turn the sound of the gulls will choose their futures. This is for my brother, who didn't get the ending he wanted.
And a massive thanks to my two wonderful betas! ****** and ******* (names removed for review)



The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Jay of Lasgalen
Entry Date: 01 Jan 07
Entry Date: 12 Feb 07
Entry Date: 01 Jan 07
Peregrin Ionad
Entry Date: 20 May 07
Entry Date: 23 May 07
Entry Date: 09 Jul 07

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Challenge Info

Open Date: January 01, 2007

Closed: September 01, 2007

Challenge Topic: Relationships

Entries: 12

Originator: MerryK

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