3. Interlude 1
Excerpt from the speech made by the Scholar:
‘…It is with mixed emotions that I announce to you this, possibly our most important find – in a ruin nearby, which has been only recently explored, we have discovered a document which appears to be of considerable historical importance.
The writer is here named as one ‘Elentirmo’, the son of the King (or so it appears), and this might well be the truth – the document is dated to the year 203 of the Fourth Age of the Sun, which, though lost far-off in the mists of time now, is certainly sufficiently long ago for the king to still be the major head of state.
Their interest lies in the topic – they purport to describe the life of the first King of Gondor in the Fourth Age – most of you will recognise this as the period just after the legendary Ring-war.
Why do we believe this is genuine? The quality of the material written on, for one, which is unlike anything we use in these times; and the fact that names are written in the archaic style throughout.
These by themselves might not form any evidence; but the style in which these manuscripts are written, and the details which they reveal to us are both antique in the extreme, and researched to a degree which is impossible to fake convincingly.
They are, however, strange in the persistent motif of ‘Elves’ throughout the work. Elves, after all, are but beings in children’s tales, and yet the writer of this work seems to have believed firmly in their existence, and gives us facts that support an old folk-tale – that the Kings of Gondor had elves in their ancestry.
We have long dismissed these stories; perhaps this, too needs to be looked into, though we are wary of giving undue credit to this one unverified source.
But now I know you are impatient to read this text yourselves; and so we are going to have a reading of the entire manuscript.
Now, if you will please look into the copies provided to you – let me take an opportunity to apologize for their weight – we can begin the reading…’
The beginning is the place taking the most delicate care that the balance, the details are correct.
To tell of the life of Lord Elessar, then, you must first ensure that you place him in the right time – the end of the Third Age of the Sun.
And place him in his place – the wilds of the North, and Imladris. Do not be deceived by the fact that he ruled over Gondor – the North is ever his place.
You ask what he did? Many paths he walked, under many guises, and to tell of every one of them would take two or three lives, for often the tales of a deed are longer than the deed itself.
But I have time, yes, if not the oceans of time that I would want, and so I commence in the year 2931 of the Third Age, with the birth of a Hero…
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