For Glory: 3. Dregs

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3. Dregs

Faramir sat on a stool facing the Window on the West as it shimmered in the starlight.

These Halflings – these children – have borne the peril of Men to the very eaves of Mordor. They are so weak, so helpless! And yet they have done what the mighty could not.

He sighed deeply.

Boromir my brother! All your life you sought glory. The glory of Gondor, the glory of Minas Tirith, the glory of the Steward and his heir. Even the love of woman you scorned, for no mere woman could be glorious in your eyes. Too sore, too sore this trial! It was fickle, treacherous glory that placed the first lie on your lips and gave you the quest that was mine. Why could you NOT ONCE let me be the savior, the protector? Why did you usurp my place? You paid for that deceit with your life, and damned me to a lifetime of regret, however short that may be.

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Story Information

Author: Eowyn77

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/22/07

Original Post: 05/21/07

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For Glory

MerryK - 22 May 07 - 9:35 AM

Ch. 3: Dregs

Ah, this was excellent work. I love the bitterness about it all, something that I sensed from the hints that Tolkien gave, but something rarely explored in fanfiction. I was not quite sure about the canon of chapter 2...Boromir says in the Council of Elrond that his father was "loth" to give him leave, yet Denethor gives him blessing quickly in this fic. Perhaps merely a different interpretation, but I never imagined Denethor being so quick to send Boromir away.

But this chapter was exactly what I think it should be! I know that most authors prefer Faramir to be more worshipping of Boromir, but Tolkien said and showed that Faramir saw Boromir's faults, and I think in this circumstance his bitterness is well-merited.


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