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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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In his talk to Peregrin as they rode on Shadowfax from Dol Baran (The Two Towers), Gandalf's immediate object was to give the Hobbit some idea of the history of the palantíri, so that he might begin to realize the ancientry, dignity, and power of things that he had presumed to meddle with. . . . Gandalf's mind was at the same time earnestly busy with the Stones, considering the bearing of the revelation at Dol Baran upon many things that he had observed and pondered: such as the wide knowledge of events far away possessed by Denethor, and his appearance of premature old age, first observable when he was not much above sixty years old, although he belonged to a race and family that still normally had longer lives than other men. more quotes from Unfinished Tales )
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"Hidden on the Mountain" by Imhiriel

If I gave the pov, it would give it away.

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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“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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capped from RotK ee, disk 3 Introduction

Now the Captains of the West led their host towards the City, and folk saw them advance in line upon line, flashing and glinting in the sunrise and rippling like silver. And so they came before the Gateway and halted a furlong from the walls. As yet no gates had been set up again, but a barrier was laid across the entrance to the City, and there stood men at arms in silver and black with long swords drawn. Before the barrier stood Faramir the Steward, and Húrin Warden of the Keys, and other captains of Gondor, and the Lady Éowyn of Rohan with Elfhelm the Marshal and many knights of the Mark; and upon either side of the Gate was a great press of fair people in raiment of many colours and garlands of flowers.

So now there was a wide space before the walls of Minas Tirith, and it was hemmed in upon all sides by the knights and the soldiers of Gondor and of Rohan, and by the people of the City and of all parts of the land. A hush fell upon all as out from the host stepped the Dúnedain in silver and grey; and before them came walking slow the Lord Aragorn. He was clad in black mail girt with silver, and he wore a long mantle of pure white clasped at the throat with a great jewel of green that shone from afar; but his head was bare save for a star upon his forehead bound by a slender fillet of silver. With him were Éomer of Rohan, and the Prince Imrahil, and Gandalf robed all in white, and four small figures that many men marvelled to see.
The Return of the King, “The Steward and the King”
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Was getting tired of Saruman's hand as my most recent entry, so here's something new.

'And more deadly to Frodo was this!' He stooped again and lifted up a long thin knife. There was a cold gleam in it. As Strider raised it they saw that near the end its edge was notched and the point was broken off. But even as he held it up in the growing light, they gazed in astonishment, for the blade seemed to melt, and vanished like a smoke in the air, leaving only the hilt in Strider's hand. 'Alas!' he cried. 'It was this accursed knife that gave the wound. Few now have the skill in healing to match such evil weapons. But I will do what I can.'

He sat down on the ground, and taking the dagger-hilt laid it on his knees, and he sang over it a slow song in a strange tongue. Then setting it aside, he turned to Frodo and in a soft tone spoke words the others could not catch. From the pouch at his belt he drew out the long leaves of a plant.

'These leaves,' he said, 'I have walked far to find; for this plant does not grow in the bare hills; but in the thickets away south of the Road I found it in the dark by the scent of its leaves.' He crushed a leaf in his fingers, and it gave out a sweet and pungent fragrance. 'It is fortunate that I could find it, for it is a healing plant that the Men of the West brought to Middle-earth. Athelas they named it, and it grows now sparsely and only near places where they dwelt or camped of old; and it is not known in the North, except to some of those who wander in the Wild. It has great virtues, but over such a wound as this its healing powers may be small.'

He threw the leaves into boiling water and bathed Frodo's shoulder. The fragrance of the steam was refreshing, and those that were unhurt felt their minds calmed and cleared. The herb had also some power over the wound, for Frodo felt the pain and also the sense of frozen cold lessen in his side; but the life did not return to his arm, and he could not raise or use his hand. . . .
The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"

I hadn't thought before of how the plant had dwindled even as the Dúnedain themselves.

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I saw a knockout version of the Ring of Barahir on War of the Ring the other day that I'd never seen before. I really love this Decipher version.

The Ring of Barahir was a symbol of the House of Finarfin and the Heirs of Isildur. It became a symbol of oaths of friendship, kinship, and love pledged between elf and man from the First through the Third Ages.

The ring's first recorded owner was the first elf lord to encounter men and took them with him to Thingol's kingdom, where the Edain agreed to defend the lands that Thingol gave them. This was Finrod Felagund (“hewer of caves”), also known as the Faithful and Friend of Men.

". . . green jewels gleamed there that the Noldor had devised in Valinor. For this ring was like to twin serpents, whose eyes were emeralds, and their heads met beneath a crown of golden flowers, that the one upheld and the other devoured; that was the badge of Finarfin and his house" (The Silmarillion, p. 195).

Decipher Ring of Barahir from War of the Ring

Finrod was surrounded by a large host of Orcs in the Dagor Bragollach (Battle of the Sudden Flame) against Morgoth when Barahir saved his life. In return Finrod pledged his troth to Barahir and his kin and gave Barahir the ring of his house as a token of his oath (First Age 455). Barahir earned the gift by risking his life to save Finrod.

The ring was taken from Barahir by the orcs that killed him, but Beren avenged his father and retrieved the ring. Beren used it in the quest to steal the Silmarils from Sauron to win Lúthien's hand. When Beren showed the elves of Nargothrond the ring, Finrod honored his oath to Beren's father and agreed to aid him in his quest. Finrod gave his life for Beren, killed by a werewolf in Sauron’s dungeons.

Barahir's son Beren married Lúthien (Thingol's daughter). This was the first marriage between elf and man.

"'Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was the daughter of Thingol, a King of Elves upon Middle Earth when the world was young . . . But from her the lineage of the Elf-Lords of old descended among Men. There live still those of whom Lúthien was the foremother, and it is said that her line shall never fail. Elrond of Rivendell is of that Kin. For of Beren and Lúthien was born Dior Thingol's heir; and of him Elwing the White whom Eärendil wedded, he that sailed his ship out of the mists of the world into the seas of heaven with the Silmaril upon his brow. And of Eärendil came the Kings of Númenor, that is Westernesse'" (Fellowship of the Ring, “A Knife in the Dark," Aragorn speaking).

Elwing and Eärendil's sons were Elrond and Elros Half-Elven. Elrond lived as an elf and Elros as a man. Elros's line included the kings of Númenor, kings of Arnor, and Chieftains of the Dúnedain in direct descent through the Second and Third Ages to Aragorn.

The ring became an heirloom of Isildur's Heirs. The ring is visible evidence that Aragorn is the Heir of Isildur and of the noble line of Westernesse. It is not earned but received because of who he is. "Here is the ring of Barahir, the token of our kinship from afar; and here also are the Shards of Narsil" (Return of the King, Appendix A The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, Elrond speaking to Aragorn).

movieverse Ring of Barahir

The Ring of Barahir is a betrothal gift from Aragorn to Arwen. Bookverse Aragorn gave the ring to Arwen Undómiel at their betrothal some 40 years earlier and was not wearing the ring during the war. Instead, he wore the Evenstar brooch given him by Arwen via her grandmother Galadriel when the Fellowship passed through there on their way south.

When Aragorn gives the Ring of Barahir as a betrothal gift to Arwen, the granddaughter of Finrod’s sister, he returns the ring from the House of Barahir to the House of Finarfin. (Arwen is, of course, a descendant of both houses). So with the ring of Barahir the friendship, kinship, and love between elf and man comes full circle from Beren and Lúthien to Aragorn and Arwen, reuniting elves with mortals while founding a new line for the Fourth Age.


Feb. 28th, 2005 03:01 pm
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Isildur's Heir

". . . In such need a man that has no horse will go on foot, and he will not ask for leave to follow the trail. Nor will he count the heads of the enemy save with a sword. I am not weaponless."

Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. "Elendil!" he cried. "I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil's son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!"

Gimli and Legolas looked at their companion in amazement . . . He seemed to have grown in stature while Éomer had shrunk; and in his living face they caught a brief vision of the power and majesty of the kings of stone."
The Two Towers, The Riders of Rohan

The Last Debate

special picspam in honor of Aragorn's birthday tomorrow

7 more Isildur's Heir pics )


Feb. 11th, 2005 07:34 am
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Then [Galadriel] lifted from her lap a great stone of a clear green, set in a silver brooch that was wrought in the likeness of an eagle with outspread wings . . . 'This stone I gave to Celebrían my daughter, and she to hers; and now it comes to you as a token of hope. In this hour take the name that was foretold for you, Elessar, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil!'"
The Fellowship of the Ring, Farewell to Lórien

"At the doors of the Houses many were already gathered to see Aragorn . . . and . . . men came and prayed that he would heal their kinsmen or their friends whose lives were in peril through hurt or wound . . . And Aragorn arose and went out, and he sent for the sons of Elrond, and together they laboured far into the night. And word went through the City: 'The King is come again indeed.' And they named him Elfstone, because of the green stone that he wore, and so the name which it was foretold at his birth that he should bear was chosen for him by his own people."
The Return of the King, The Houses of Healing

There's no bookverse Elessar or Elfstone brooch in the films. Arwen's evenstar necklace that she gave Aragorn in Rivendell seems to function as substitute for the Elessar as a token of their betrothal. Like the Elessar, it is a gift from the bride or her family to the groom, but there is no movie equivalent of the gift of the Ring of Barahir from the groom to the bride, as in the book. The evenstar necklace perhaps was inspired by the necklace which Arwen gives Frodo for comfort and as symbol of her request that he be allowed to take her place in the Havens.

"But the Queen Arwen said: 'A gift I will give you. For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him now when he departs to the Havens; for mine is the choice of Lúthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter. But in my stead you shall go, Ring-bearer, when the time comes, and if you then desire it. . . . But wear this now in memory of Elfstone and Evenstar with whom your life has been woven!'
And she took a white gem like a star that lay upon her breast hanging upon a silver chain, and she set the chain about Frodo's neck. 'When the memory of the fear and the darkness troubles you,' she said, 'this will bring you aid.'"
The Return of the King, Many Partings

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Feb. 7th, 2005 12:05 pm
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King Elessar
The Hands of the King

"Would that there were kings in Gondor, as there were once up on a time, they say! For it is said in old lore: The hands of the king are the hands of a healer. And so the rightful king could ever be known."
Ioreth, The Houses of Healing

We finally got to see Aragorn healing Éowyn in the RotK ee

(ooh, Ring of Barahir!)
screen cap from [ profile] sagralisse

And a still of Aragorn healing Faramir is in The Return of the King Photo Guide

scan from
Maybe this scene will surface one day on the mega boxed set of the films.

I miss the Aragorn healing Merry scene. In terms of movieverse story line, healing Merry would have clarified how Merry was well enough to ride off to the Black Gates with Pippin. And the book dialogue in this scene was great, with Aragorn and Merry joking and the riff on pipeweed names and learning vs. wisdom.

I suppose a little Houses of Healing is better than none at all!


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