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Matter of Honor, A: 17. Character list, timeline, & notes
I. CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Eirien: Halbarad's wife
Alagos: Halbarad and Eirien's elder son, posted at Sarn Ford
Falathren: Their daughter, widowed with a young child
Elanor: Falathren's daughter, about five years old
Húrin: Halbarad's younger son, 17 years old
Nelaer: Halbarad's dice-playing, sharp-tongued mother
Brueglir: Nelaer's late husband; just as cantankerous as his wife (although not quite as good at dice)
Meneliel: Nelaer's best friend, a stalwart and wise matron
Lathron: Meneliel's husband, died in 2920 en route to Fornost
Brandol: Meneliel's son; a Ranger very fond of his pipe
Tologarth: Brandol's son; fancies Falathren
Fimenel: Another dice-playing granny
Thargil: An old Ranger (but not too old to patch a roof )
Haerost: A young Ranger
Teburic: Head of the spy ring in Bree (appears in "In the Hands of the Enemy")
Begaric: Ruliri peddler, victim of Karani bandits
Malek, Halig, Garstic: Karani bandits who attack Begaric and his family
Yenne: Begaric's 16-year-old daughter, betrothed to the son of the Ruliri chief
Melnag: Begaric's weaselly brother
Dugaric: Chieftain of the Ruliri
Veraric: Dugaric's brother; large and untrustworthy
Tulric: Yet another Ruliri with loyalty issues
Relnar: Squashed-nosed Chieftain of the Karani; knows someone interested in the Dúnedain
The denigha: A mysterious old woman
Saddlebags: A healer with a bad bedside manner
Tiriel: A very pretty cook
Other Assorted Characters:
Dudo Tillfield: bastard son of a n'er do well Bree hobbit and a runaway Shire lass; chicken gutter, erstwhile spy and honorary Ranger
Rolly: An orphan who fell in with a bad crowd (appears in "In the Hands of the Enemy")
Daisy: Not a Rohan warhorse.
Spike: A very unfortunate kitten (referenced in "A Time for Joy")
Warning: The following timeline contains spoilers for story events.
Note: Canon events appear in bold text. The source for canon events is the Appendices unless otherwise noted.
2911-2912 Fell Winter
2912 Great floods devastate Minhiriath and Enedwaith. Tharbad is ruined and deserted
c. 2913 The Rangers establish a post at the ruins of Tharbad to secure the ford and the North-South Road.
c. 2919 Dunlending refugees fleeing strife and famine in the foothills of the Misty Mountains seek refuge in the ruins of Tharbad.
2920 Posted at Tharbad, Rangers Arathorn, Brueglir, and Lathron make the acquaintance of young Dunlending widow Bega. Later that year, Lathron is killed near Fornost.
2921 Bega gives birth to a son.
2925 The denigha is born.
2921-2926 Arathorn remains Captain at Tharbad, with Bega and her son under his protection.
2927 Arathorn is posted to Lake Evendim.
2928 Arathorn begins courting Gilraen.
2929 Arathorn and Gilraen are betrothed.
2929 Arathorn marries Gilraen
2930 Arador, Arathorn's father and Chieftain of the Dúnedain, is slain by trolls in the Coldfells (north of Rivendell.)
2930 Upon becoming chief, Arathorn recalls the Rangers from Tharbad and moves with Gilraen to the Angle.
2930 Gilraen discovers letters from Bega to Arathorn in a trunk. Distraught, she confides in Nelaer, who confronts Arathorn. Meneliel, Nelaer, and Arathorn travel to Tharbad in search of Bega.
2931 Aragorn is born
2933 Arathorn is slain, Gilraen and Aragorn are taken to Rivendell. Halbarad's father, Brueglir, becomes Acting Chieftain
2935 Halbarad is born
2938 Eirien is born
2951 Elrond reveals to Aragorn his true name and ancestry; Aragorn meets Arwen; Aragorn goes out into the Wild.
2951 Aragorn takes his place with the Dúnedain and meets 16-year-old Halbarad.
2953 Being jealous and afraid of Gandalf, Saruman sets spies to watch all his movements, and notes his interest in the Shire. He soon begins to keep agents in Bree and the Southfarthing.
2955 On patrol north of Bree, Aragorn and Halbarad make the acquaintance of a certain farmwife and her goat, Buttercup.
2956 Aragorn meets Gandalf and their friendship begins.
2957-2980 Aragorn undertakes his great journeys and errantries.
2967 Halbarad marries Eirien.
2975 Halbarad's son Alagos is born.
2980 Returning from "perils on the dark confines of Mordor" Aragorn enters Lórien and plights his troth with Arwen. Upon his return to Imladris, Elrond informs him Arwen will be the bride of no man less than the King of Gondor and Arnor. Elrond also tells Aragorn, "A shadow lies between us."
2980 Aragorn goes forth again into "danger and toil."
2980 Brueglir is killed. Halbarad becomes Aragorn's second-in-command. Halbarad's daughter Falathren is born (Events of "A Time for Joy")
post-2980 Gilraen leaves Imladris "after a few years" and returns to her people
2982 While at Sarn Ford, Brandol's wife dies in childbirth. He returns to the Angle with his newborn son, Tologarth.
2990 Brandol is maimed in an orc attack.
2991 Halbarad's son Húrin is born.
c. 3000 Saruman's spies report that the Shire is being closely guarded by the Rangers.
3001 Gandalf suspects the Ring to be the One Ring. The guard to the Shire is doubled. Gandalf seeks for news of Gollum and calls on the help of Aragorn.
3002 Bilbo goes to live in Rivendell
3002 Alagos's son is born. Nelaer moves to Sarn Ford.
3003 Birth of Halbarad's granddaughter Elanor to his daughter, Falathren.
3004 Gandalf goes to visit Frodo in the Shire, and does so at intervals during the next four years.
3005 Falathren's husband is killed by orcs.
3006 Dunlending thieves under the control of Teburic establish a foothold in Bree.
3007? Aragorn makes a last visit to his mother. She tells him she gave all her hope to the Dúnedain and kept no hope for herself.
3007 Death of Gilraen
3007 Saruman dispatches Rolly to Bree to supervise efforts to spy on Gandalf. A young employee of the Prancing Pony is recruited by Teburic to spy on inn's patrons; particularly Gandalf and the Rangers.
3008 Early spring: Aragorn returns from hunting Gollum east of the mountains, intending to meet with Gandalf in Bree. He finds the Ranger settlement at the Angle has been attacked by orcs. The events of in the "Hands of the Enemy" ensue.
3008 Summer: The events of "A Matter of Honor" conclude with Aragorn's return to Rivendell. Gandalf remains in the Shire until autumn, settling Dudo into his new home and saying his farewells to Frodo, realizing his visits to the Shire have attracted too much unwanted attention.
3008 In the autumn, Gandalf pays his last visit to Frodo.
3009 Gandalf and Aragorn renew their hunt for Gollum. Elrond sends for Arwen and she returns to Imladris
Note: I fudged the Appendix B timeline a little bit here – to accommodate requests for an Arwen-Aragorn reunion I had to get her back to Imladris in 3008, before Aragorn and Gandalf left to hunt Gollum. However, Appendix A seems to imply she might have been in Imladris even prior to Gilraen's return to her people "after a few years," so I took the liberty of assuming the issue may be open to some interpretation.
III. FANON ALERT:
Wherever I could find canon and/or other Tolkien references, I did my best to follow them. Where they were in short supply or unclear (at least to me), I extrapolated to the best of my ability. However, in the following few instances where source material was lacking, I was left to my own devices.
Canon fails to supply Halbarad's age, marital status, or any biographical information other than that he is Aragorn's "kinsman." From context it is apparent that he is of fighting age and highly trusted by Aragorn at the time of the Ring War; other than that, he's a mystery. My choice to portray him as four years younger than Aragorn and a happily married father of three was made purely for dramatic purposes. Some authors have given him more of a menor/father-figure relationship to Aragorn, but with Elrond and Gandalf as father-figures, and having grown up as the youngest sentient being in Imladris by a few thousand years, I thought it would be fun to give Aragorn an age-mate peer and friend instead of another father-figure or mentor. Just my choice - everyone else's interpretations are equally valid. Eirien, Alagos, Húrin, Brandol, the dice-playing grannies, and all the other Dúnedain OCs in the story are purely my invention. As far as I can recall, Halbarad is the only contemporary Dunadan mentioned by name in the Trilogy.
The clan structure and culture of the Dunlendings as presented are purely speculative, based on a hodge-podge of ancient and modern tribal cultural practices that struck my fancy. Tolkien tells us only that the Dunlendings were a primitive and superstitious people who hated the Rohirrim (Forgoil.) During the Ring War they were aroused by Saruman but afterwards they sent an embassy to King Elessar, so are presumably redeemable. All the Dunlending OCs in this story are purely my invention.
Dúnedain at Tharbad
The Dúnedain post established at the ruins of Tharbad after the Fell Winter (TA 2911-2912) is also pure invention, although the Dúnedain's interest in securing the crossing and the southern borders of Eriador during that unstable period seemed reasonable to me.
A final apology- Sorry it took me so long to finish posting this story on HASA - it's been complete on other sites for over a year, but I didn't realize until recently that some readers on this site didn't realize that and were wondering what happened to it.
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