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'Stand Firm' by Amy Fortuna

Author: Amy Fortuna
Title: Stand Firm
Rating:  G
Theme:  Nostalgia
Elements:  wistfulness
Summary: Faramir muses on ancient battles.
Word Count: 300



The library was empty save for Faramir, who at the age of twenty loved nothing more than his studies, sitting alone in the light of the setting sun, a scroll in his hand. He was not reading it, but rather looking off into the distance, with the faraway air of one who thinks of deeds he never saw done.

Boromir paused in the doorway, hesitant to interrupt his brother's musings. At last Faramir breathed a long sigh, and looked over at him, seeming to see him for the first time.

"I was reading of the death of Fingon the Valiant in the Nírnaeth Arnoediad, surrounded by many foes, and the thought came to me to wish I had been there, and had seen such courage in battle displayed," he said softly, laying the scroll down.

Boromir shook his head, and walked over to Faramir, laying a firm but loving hand on his shoulder. "I hope for both our sakes that you never have to see or be in such a battle. If I could, I would protect you from all ills, and let your wistful longing never be replaced by hard experience."

Faramir laid his hand over his brother's, and gazed up at him solemnly. "Yet we both know that war will come, soon or late. All my life I've dreamed of it - the great wave that sweeps over all the lands. What can stand firm against such overwhelming disaster?"

Boromir smiled, clasping Faramir's hand with his own and raising him to his feet. "This Tower of Guard," he said with perfect confidence, and put an arm around Faramir's shoulders. "Fear not, my brother, if we stand together no wave can tear us apart."

Faramir gave him a worried look. "Then we must always stand together," he said. "Promise me."

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kayleelupin
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, Faramir! If only Boromir had been able to keep that promise...

*hugs brothers 'mir*

Kaylee Arafinwiel
shirebound
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
This is a wonderful conversation between the brothers. I can well imagine this happening.
nessrealta
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
I really like the interaction between Faramir and Boromir....well written!
ignoblebard
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
And Faramir turned out to be the one who had that courage after all. I enjoyed this take on the brothers' relationship.
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addie71
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
These brothers are so different, but love each other so much. Beautiful moment between them.
periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
"Fear not, my brother, if we stand together no wave can tear us apart."

Faramir gave him a worried look. "Then we must always stand together," he said. "Promise me."

What a sweet moment between brothers! I love this so much!!! :)
dreamflower02
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:47 am (UTC)
This is such a perfect example of how wonderfully fanfiction can use canon for foreshadowing.

Anyone who was not familiar with the story would just see it as a conversation between brothers in a land that might soon be at war.

But to anyone who knows, this story is filled with the bittersweetness of foreknowledge: we already know these two will be swept apart by the coming war, that tragedy awaits.

Also, I love how Tolkienian the dialogue feels. You have truly captured the voices of the brothers.
hhimring
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:54 am (UTC)
And yet they were swept apart, as others had been before them.
But at least there was to be no such last stand for Faramir, in the end.
You've made good use of that wave image here!
blslarner
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
In the end they both fought the rising of the evil that sought to obliterate Gondor as the Wave overwhelmed Numenor so long ago, although they could not do so together. I doubt not that Boromir's last thoughts were of his brother.

Sad and hopeful at the same time.
silver_trails
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC)
It's as if Faramir knew somehow... Very nice!
sian22redux
Dec. 1st, 2015 02:44 pm (UTC)
nostalgia
awwww..just lovely..my 2 fav characters in a poignant moment. thank you for this
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
And so things might have been so different without Denethor's insistence on Boromir's quest to Imladris.

- Erulisse (one L)
lignota
Dec. 5th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
I could see Faramir choosing Fingon as someone to admire! And many of us in fandom have had that experience, of being completely absorbed in the story no matter how many times we read it. I like the way you work in Faramir's dream of the wave, Boromir's confidence and protectiveness, and the affection between them.
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