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Fanfic Rec: Waiting on the Wise, by Rhymer

If you haven't read this story yet, and if you are at all drawn to Boromir-centric and/or Fellowship fics, please do give it a read.

Waiting on the Wise, by rhymer23

This is set in the month the Boromir spent in Rivendell between the Council of Elrond and the departrure of the Fellowship. It's a very popular period to write because you have so many characters that don't usually interact in close proximity to each other, and because it's set in a more or less settled residence, meaning if you don't know the first thing about cooking over a campfire or caring for horses, that's not going to be a problem. You can lock Boromir and Gimli (or Legolas and Arwen, or Merry and Gildor, or... you get the idea) in a room together and just see what happens. The period can sometimes feel a little overdone, at times. I've certainly written my share of stories like that.

So if I say something along the lines of "Boromir gets cabin fever, goes exploring, and must save characters Merry and Pippin from a charming mini-adventure," that might sound a bit familiar. And perhaps it is. What's not familiar, at least in my reading, is the utter maturity with which Merry and Pippin are portrayed - these may look like children, but they most certainly are not. Boromir's cabin fever, the reasoning behind it and the way he responds are spot-on as well, as are the various causes of angsting I could go into but I should probably leave something for Rhymer's story itself to give away.

I'd say reading this felt like falling into canon, except that's not quite it. It's better than that. It's falling into canon as it would have been if Tolkien gave us fully fleshed-out characters like I'd expect from a contemporary novel. But the world, the realities and inner logic and all that, is so thoroughly Tolkienish it felt like coming home after years away.

Let's just say this is the first story I've read by this author, and it put her on the short list of authors I will make the time to read the next time I see her fic on my LJ page.

ETA: As dreamflower02, Rhymer has several other stories at her MPTT page. Check it out.


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Jan. 18th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
Rhymer's new to LotR, but she is really good, and has some great stories in the last few months.

There are 9 stories at her MPTT page:

The first one on the list must be new! I've yet to read it (YAY! Something to read tomorrow!), but I can especially recommend "The Sealed Letter" and most of all "Voices at the Door"--an amazing friendship fic for Bilbo and Aragorn!
Jan. 18th, 2014 04:20 am (UTC)
I have a list of various things I want to read, fanfic and news stories and blog posts and the like, and I have at least three more of her stories on it. I can't wait to make the time.

"Voices of the Door" just jumped the queue though. Bilbo! From this author - love that prospect.
Jan. 18th, 2014 09:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :-D

While I'm certainly not a new Tolkien fan (obsessed as a child; met husband through university Tolkien society etc.), I'm a new Tolkien fanfic writer, which puts me in the fortunate situation that even the most well-worn premises feel fresh to me. This story was my first Boromir, and my first Merry and Pippin, too. Although I knew they were bound to exist, I quite deliberately didn't seek out other similar stories, since I'm still trying to develop my own view of characters. I just had to keep my fingers crossed and hope I didn't end up too similar to anything that already existed! :-)
Jan. 18th, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
In my experience, even tried-and-true situations feel fresh when they're inhabited by someone's unique view of a certain character. That's what makes this so unique: your Boromir in particular feels authentic and... organic, I guess. Where he's coming from makes sense, and where he's coming from is unique to your vision of him. That's a big part of why I loved this so much.

Welcome to the fandom!
Jan. 18th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec--this sounds like one I'd really enjoy! Just one thing, though, the story link takes me to a LiveJournal "page does not exist page." :(
Jan. 18th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I think it's fixed now. For some reason when I copy a link out of my browser window it doesn't grab the "http://" part, which LJ needs when I enter a link, otherwise it gets all confuzzled. But it's working for me now. Double-check it for me?
Jan. 18th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Works now--thanks! :D
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