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A VERY Interesting Question...

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'And this I remember of Boromir as a boy, when we together learned the tale of our sires and the history of our city, that always it displeased him that his father was not king. "How many hundreds of years needs it to make a steward a king, if the king returns not?" he asked. "Few years, maybe, in other places of less royalty," my father answered. "In Gondor ten thousand years would not suffice." Alas! poor Boromir. Does that not tell you something of him?'

Hmmm...a very interesting question. So how many years does it take? What was Frodo's reaction to that? Or Faramir's? How did that question impact the people who knew about it? What did Faramir think of that question when Aragorn was made King? What did Denethor REALLY think about the question, or about his son that asked it? Did child!Faramir have a reaction to it?

I'm sure there are other questions that can be asked, but the challenge is this. Write a story about a character's reaction to that question...or a drabble/poem, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Challenge closes: 5 May 2005

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Cold Like Fire - How Many Years?
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Last Updated: 06 Nov 04
A talk with Faramir causes Frodo to reavaluate Aragorn, Gondor, and the Stewards. Written for the "A VERY Interesting Question . . ." Challenge.
elven eldarien - Pelennor.....
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Last Updated: 04 Dec 06
Just a little something that came from seeing the Pelennor on the DVD…and possible thoughts from Merry’s view….
I hope you like it (so far)...
Marta - Pride and Despair
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Last Updated: 21 Dec 04
"'Pride and despair! Didst thou think that the eyes of the White Tower were blind? Nay, I have seen more than thou knowest, Grey Fool. [...]All the East is moving. And even now the wind of thy hope cheats thee and wafts up Anduin a fleet with black sails. The West has failed. It is time for all to depart who would not be slaves.'" ["The Pyre of Denethor", The Return of the King]

So said Denethor shortly before he killed himself in the Battle for Minas Tirith. Even at the very end, he did not simply submit to Mordor but took the only other action he thought he could. Here is a look at his last moments, as Denethor thinks back on the memories and relationships that have defined him. A rather book-based look at a most enigmatic steward.

[While this story does not contain objectionable material, it does deal with mature themes relating to death and destruction that younger readers may find disconcerting. Please use discretion when deciding whether or not to read this piece.]
Marta - How Many Years?
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Last Updated: 14 Jun 04
The road to the hallows above Minas Tirith is travelled only once a generation, on the twentieth birthday of the current steward's oldest son. Denethor leads Boromir down that scarce-walked path, and Denethor finally gives Boromir an honest answer to a question he asked as a child. Semi-finalist at the 2004 Mithril Awards for Best Story Focusing on Men and Best Vignette or Short Story.
TariElanesse - Boromir's Confusion
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Last Updated: 30 Mar 05
This poem is written from Boromir's point of view. It is his adolescent response to a question he never felt was truly answered.

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Open Date: November 05, 2004

Closed: May 05, 2005

Challenge Topic: Culture/Society/Politics

Entries: 5

Originator: HASA Challenges

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