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Cut Off by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: Cut Off
Rating: G
Theme: Lost and Found
Elements: Surprise
Author's Notes:
Summary: Boromir mourns the loss of something given to him by his brother.
Word Count: Double Drabble -- 200 words as counted by Jarte and Word

Cut Off

The crossing at Tharbad had been a disaster, and now his horse was gone.  Boromir could only hope that the now riderless steed would come to no harm in the wilderness.  He was surprised at how much his heart ached at the loss.  The difficulty of going forward on foot did not trouble him; his strength was enough for the task.  He still had his sword, his shield, and his horn left to him, as well as his cloak to warm him and a small wallet of food that he kept on his belt. But his precious maps were gone!  Lost to him were the maps that Faramir had carefully prepared and given him to help him on his journey.  It was with a pang of sorrow that Boromir remembered tucking them into a saddlebag before attempting to cross the river. Those maps had been a constant reminder of his brother throughout the journey so far, and their loss was hard. He suddenly felt cut off from Faramir, as if a knife had sliced an invisible thread that had linked them, in spite of the long miles that lay between.

Boromir bowed his head in grief. He was truly alone.

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engarian
Nov. 16th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
Such a turning moment in the history of this tragic character. I really liked your choice of scene and character a lot.

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a loss fit for the grief he know. His last current ties to the brother he loves so!
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Aww! I know that the loss of the maps was a practical loss--but what he truly mourns is the loss of he reminder of his brother!

So many times things have more meaning to us than what they seemingly represent.
shirebound
Nov. 16th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Those maps had been a constant reminder of his brother throughout the journey so far, and their loss was hard. He suddenly felt cut off from Faramir, as if a knife had sliced an invisible thread that had linked them

What a marvelous idea for the prompt. Boromir's journey was difficult in so many ways.

Edited at 2013-11-16 03:26 pm (UTC)
periantari
Nov. 17th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
poor Boromir! Interesting to hear that the maps were given to him by his brother. Nice drabble.
hhimring
Nov. 17th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
I suppose it would have been Faramir who would have made the maps for Boromir--perhaps even originally with a view to using them himself. What a sad loss! I don't suppose they actually marked the position of Imladris, or at least not accurately. But it would feel so disorienting to Boromir--as if he himself had disappeared off the map.
nautika3
Nov. 18th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Wonderful story! I just wish it were longer!

nautika
lindahoyland
Nov. 24th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
This was very poignant, loved it!
lignota
Nov. 25th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
as if a knife had sliced an invisible thread that had linked them

Oh, I like that. It's a chilling phrase. I also like Boromir's thought that his strength is enough -- that seems very in-character for him.
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