Many Guises and Many Names
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Courting the Lady: 17. Epilogue
I am glad that I was able to see you married. It still seems strange to me that you chose Denethor, but you are clearly happy with him, and so I am happy for you both.
The Orcs are beginning to raid in greater force, now that spring is upon us. Aldadil is a competent captain, but we all miss Thorongil. Rumor has it that our company may be one of those chosen to be sent sourth, though, so I could have the opportunity to serve under him again. Denethor should know for certain, so when you write next, ask him where to direct your letter so that it does not go astray.
We are being called for a patrol – I had hoped to write more, but if I do not send this now, it could be a week or more, so I will cut it short.
25 Cermië 2978
Congratulations on the safe birth of your son. We hear that Denethor chose to call him Boromir – a strong name. May he grow to be a strong and wise man, like those he will follow.
3 Víressë 2980
What news from the southern coasts? Your dispatches have been less than fully informative, of late, although I must commend your successful defense of the harbor at Linhir.
No further funds can be provided at this time. While your work is vital, we cannot neglect Ithilien, nor can we fail to repair the roads and bridges damaged by this spring’s flooding. I am sure you understand. If the harvest this year proves good, your men will be first to benefit – unless you previously bring the campaign to a successful conclusion.
on behalf of
Lord Steward Ecthelion
24 Nárië 2980
My Lord Steward,
I must respectfully decline to return to Minas Tirith. Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate. (1) Herewith I tender my resignation of my commission as an officer in Gondor’s army. It has been my great privilege and honor to serve you and Gondor for these last years, but I have been reminded of other duties and responsibilities that are in my charge. I regret that they are so pressing as to prevent me from traveling to the White City.
My second-in-command is fully capable and ready to complete any further actions against the Corsairs that may prove necessary, though neither he nor I expects that they will be able to muster any challenge to us for some time.
If I may add a personal note, please give my regards to your daughter-in-law and son, and my apologies for not taking leave of them in person.
(1) “Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate.” This quotation is taken from Appendix A, part I, section iv, of The Lord of the Rings.
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