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"Ten Thousand Years" by Marta

Boromir and Arwen talk about choices.

on Tolkien Fan Fiction:

http://www.tolkienfanfiction.com/Story_Read_Head.php?STid=836

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Mar. 20th, 2006 05:29 pm
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"Against Refusal" by naiad

When Aragorn leaves to find a viable route, Frodo reaches a decision about his own path, hounded by doubt, temptation, and enemies, real and imagined.

A lot happens in this fic, and most of it is in Frodo's head. Very interesting exploration of trust in oneself and one's companions.

One chapter. No reader warnings.

on Stories of Arda
http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=4553
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[Elrond speaking]
But when Aragorn came again to Rivendell he called him to him, and he said: 'My son, years come when hope will fade, and beyond them little is clear to me. And now a shadow lies between us. Maybe, it has been appointed so, that by my loss the kingship of Men may be restored. Therefore, though I love you, I say to you: Arwen Undómiel shall not diminish her life's grace for less cause. She shall not be the bride of any Man less than the King of both Gondor and Arnor. To me then even our victory can bring only sorrow and parting – but to you hope of joy for a while. Alas, my son! I fear that to Arwen the Doom of Men may seem hard at the ending.'
The Lord of the Rings, Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, Appendix A

In this conversation with Aragorn in Rivendell after his betrothal to Arwen in Lórien1, Elrond places a condition on his childrens' marriage that neatly shifts the kingship from duty to desire. A nifty way around some of the problems of inherited positions. Of course, the incentive only works for Aragorn, the transitional Renewer King, and not for any of his fathers or children.

I'm still mulling over the implications of movie!Elrond's statement, "he [Aragorn] has chosen exile." Until the Ring was found, what could Aragorn do to claim the kingship, knowing Denethor as he did, without causing civil war in Gondor at a time when the free peoples needed unity, not division?

1Would they ever have been betrothed if they'd met again in Rivendell and without Galadriel's assistance?

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Feb. 10th, 2005 01:43 pm
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Elessar
". . . 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 [livejournal.com profile] sagralisse (I was going to use the versions on my hard drive, but her quality is the best)
http://sagralisse.mediawood.net/viggo/index.htm

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