20 Apr 04 9:25 AM
Welcome to the thread of all things Beregond (and Bergil) (and speculation about the as-ever absent wife). From the "Deconstructing Denethor" forum:
Liz had claimed that Faramir was appreciated on his own merits by those "up close" to him, such as, Beregond. To which I replied that Beregond presents himself as "a plain man-at-arms" of the Third Company. He is not a captain, nor a part of some special regiment, nor a Ranger. He does have access, apparently, to all levels of the City, but he comes off as thoroughly ordinary. So the question is: would he really have known Faramir "up close" (and if so, when, where, how, and why), or was he simply someone who, although not himself versed in the arts as Faramir is, simply sees him clearly enough to recognize his virtues?
Liz then said:
Perhaps we should take this over to Domain of the Dunedain, but I'd love to know what answers you've come up with to your speculations. Have you written a fic about this? Or do you plan to do so? As you say, it would be a fascinating story to explore.
No, I haven't personally written a fic about Beregond (although I would love to). The most time he's had 'on screen' was a brief scene in "From the Other River Bank", where Faramir returns his rascally son to him. They exchange a few words, and then everyone goes on his way. It was mainly meant to establish a contrast between Bergil's relationship with his father and Faramir's relationship with Denethor, although it also gave Beregond a reason to feel personally attached to Faramir, although I think he must already have recognized his worth. Beregond fics do not seem to be very common. I think Lindelea's fics are the only ones I know of that focus on him, other than a long since removed from the web slash fic.