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"Treating with the Enemy" by Larner

Minas Tirith through the eyes of an envoy from Khand.

Featuring Faramir, special guests from the Shire and Rivendell, pets, and, of course, fainting.

All audiences

on Stories of Arda
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"Arwen" by Beth

It always amazed her that he could say so much, simply by saying her name.

Adults; rated for the married couple and what they get up to.


—when her name fell as softly as a prayer of thanksgiving she knew that for all that Middle-earth had placed their hopes in him, he had placed his own in her."

Arwen's pov, 2 years on.

Many thanks to [ profile] ainu_laire for rec'ing the Teitho Fanfiction Archive.

Teitho Fanfiction Archive
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"North and South" by Nesta

Uniting the kingdom, one drink at a time

on Stories of Arda
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"Journey's End" by Altariel

All audiences, 1717 words

Two Rangers at the inn of the Seven Stars in Ithilien.

"He put his hand to his forehead, and laughed until his shoulders shook and the tears ran down his face, while his friend watched on as if he had just achieved a victory as great and unexpected as breaking down a black gate."
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"The Days of the King" by [ profile] randomrattle

34 chapters, adult content (het)

Really strong characterizations, mostly canon characters, primarily Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli.

Have been meaning to rec this for awhile. Book One is complete, and random has started Book Two, more of an action adventure (plenty of action in Book One, however, make no mistake!).
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"Entwine" by [ profile] alex_quine

Sequel to "Cold Pressing"

Warning for male/male slash, but this story's more about relationships than sex. Intriguing tale.

I didn't find an index to all 9 chapters yet, but they're all in the author's aragorn/boromir tag below, along with her other stories.
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“Cold Pressing” by [ profile] alex_quine

After the war, Aragorn and Boromir meet again. Aragorn gets told that he thinks too much.

This story was begun as a single chapter with two different endings. Really interesting tale with a satisfying end.

Warnings for male/male slash, AU, Mpreg, angst

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
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“Red River” by Altariel
Aragorn and Faramir in a short fable of globalization and chess. Fourth Age 25.

on Tolkien Fan Fiction
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"Tea and Seedcake and the Influence of Hobbits" by Baggins Babe

What would a merchant from Lebennin make of the new regime and the Court of King Elessar four years after the War of the Ring? There are some surprises in store for Merlindor when he arrives in Minas Tirith.

All audiences, original character point of view. Warning for a little Denethor disrespect. Some details echo Larner's Fourth Age stories.

On Stories of Arda
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"Bare Feet and Beer" by Gwynnyd
Faramir is happy. Eowyn loves him. He's doing a good job as Steward. Things can't get better, can they?
No reader warnings, 1941 words

I remember enjoying this fic in late 2003, before I started this LJ, so when it showed up on Henneth Annun's rotation this morning, time for me to rec:
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“Lesser Ring” by Larner
The tale of two visits to Harad.
52 chapters
Fourth Age, no reader warnings except for length!

on Stories of Arda
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“The Ties of Family” by Larner
42 chs. + author’s notes

Frodo’s impact on the people of Gondor and Arnor after his departure. I didn’t think that this story would have much Aragorn at first, but when I sampled it at Ch. 10, I found out how wrong I was. Same universe as “The King’s Commission” and “The Choice of Healing.”

Stories of Arda
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Then Aragorn laid his hand gently to the sapling, and lo! it seemed to hold only lightly to the earth, and it was removed without hurt; and Aragorn bore it back to the Citadel. Then the withered tree was uprooted, but with reverence; and they did not burn it, but laid it to rest in the silence of Rath Dínen. And Aragorn planted the new tree in the court by the fountain, and swiftly and gladly it began to grow; and when the month of June entered in it was laden with blossom.

'The sign has been given,' said Aragorn, 'and the day is not far off.' And he set watchmen upon the walls.
The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"

Lord of the Rings Image Library
Thanks to Lisa's screen cap library!

Although I miss Gandalf and Aragorn finding the sapling as in the book, the movie image of the dead white tree blooming is very powerful.

I've often pictured Aragorn and Arwen's wedding, and my favorite versions are set under the white tree.

Tolkien's plot for the wedding always gives me fits, however. Elladan and Elrohir ride to Rivendell to give word the day after Aragorn is crowned. Aragorn has 7 weeks, as it turns out, to plan his wedding before Arwen arrives. Arwen arrives on Midsummer's Eve, and they're married the next day. What about the official guests to witness this politically important event? How to make arrangements without giving away the secret?

I imagine that, although Arwen has undoubtedly dreamed about her wedding as she sewed her trousseau, they may never have talked about the details because the situation was so dire, their chances of being able to marry so low, and (my feeling) that it would be tempting fate to even talk about it, much less plan it together as the days darken. So poor knight errant Aragorn, who's had only temporary soldier's quarters since he became an adult and no experience in running a household, has to plan a big secret wedding without any input from his beloved.

I figure that Aragorn must have told Faramir, Imrahil, and probably Gondor's Council (having learned from his mistake of initially concealing his identity from Boromir) and asked for their help. Apparently he did not tell the Fellowship beforehand, although certainly Gandalf would have known and others may have guessed.

I figure that Aragorn plans a Midsummer/Victory celebration in Minas Tirith as cover for the upcoming wedding, hoping that the elves can arrive by this auspicious date. The celebration would give an excuse for getting everyone together and dressed up for the king's (surprise!) wedding.

I like the idea that, at last, Aragorn has a home to offer Arwen, and this time he's the one who has to wait until she arrives. Nice reversal of their usual roles!

Gotta find that Billy Idol tape . . .


Feb. 10th, 2005 01:43 pm
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". . . yet at last he felt the approach of old age and knew that the span of his life-days was drawing to an end . . . I am the last of the Numenoreans and the latest King of the Elder Days; and to me has been given not only a span thrice that of Men of Middle-earth, but also the grace to go at my will, and give back the gift. Now, therefore, I will sleep."

Here The Two Towers film distills the acceptance of mortality theme of The Lord of the Rings into two breathtaking images.

"And long there he lay, an image of the splendour of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world."

How the dead leaves blowing can symbolize time passing and mortality is wonderful and strange to me.

Quotes from Return of the King, Appendix A The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

screen caps from [ profile] sagralisse (I was going to use the versions on my hard drive, but her quality is the best)


Feb. 4th, 2005 11:39 am
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But Imrahil said to Éomer, “Is it thus that we speak to our kings? Yet maybe he will wear his crown in some other name!”

And Aragorn, hearing him, turned and said, “Verily, for in the high tongue of old I am Elessar, the Elfstone, and Envinyatar, the Renewer.”

Arwen and Aragorn's son Eldarion is one of the first (he had several sisters) of the new Telcontar line

For me this scene of the happy and appropriately old king in green, with gray ranger hair and cute!son in arms, compensates for a lot of the AU aspect of the films.


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