Troubled Waters by Adamanta Altiere, is a story that revives Boromir, who died in The Lord of the Rings. His death had troubled the waters of Henneth Annûn, so Henneth sacrifices her own immortality to restore Boromir to life. By doing so, Henneth becomes a mortal woman of the same race as Boromir.
This would make a Fantastic Romance, but there is one big problem. If Henneth comes near Boromir, the magic would return to Henneth, and Boromir would die again. Henneth, in her new mortal body, finds herself trapped in her own cave in Ithilien, and Boromir is the one who finds her. This is the first of many encounters of a woman and a man who should not be together.
Troubled Waters provides examples of:
- Back from the Dead: Boromir. Everyone thinks that Boromir has been alive all along. Boromir himself does not remember being dead.
- Fix Fic: One of the fix-Boromir stories. (In The Lord of the Rings, Boromir stays dead.)
- Metamorphosis: The immortal spirit of Henneth Annûn sacrifices herself to save another life, and in result, Henneth becomes a mortal woman.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Henneth must stay away from Boromir, because the magic that sustains Boromir would return to Henneth if she is too close. As soon as chapter four, Boromir feels pain when Henneth is too close.
- Sue Donym: Henneth becomes "Helanthir" when she begins her name, but switches to lanthir, Sindarin for waterfall.