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Unto the ending of the world: 41. Notes

First, a warm Thank You to my betas, Anglachel and Julie (as well as Stella for her help with the first several chapters), whose input and encouragement have done much to make this story happen at all beyond the initial idea. My thanks also to all others who help in various ways, including Surgical Steel who has been kind enough to give advice on medical details here and there; any mistakes that are left, are therefore entirely mine.


Chapter notes:


General: Several chapters use (adapted) dialogue and description from LotR. I try to list all instances, but I'm bound to miss one or two; so, if you recognise it, it's probably not mine.


Chapter 6:


Sië terquanta ná vanda Arandurion Ondórëo. – Thus is the oath of the Stewards of Gondor fulfilled.


Chapter 11:


Some of the text in the conversation with Treebeard is quoted almost literally from LotR, bk 6, Ch.5 Many Partings


Chapter 17:


Based on the assumption that the Dúnedain, especially in Eriador, are heavily influenced by Elvish culture, I looked at the below quote from LaCE (HoME X, pg 212) for my take on Dúnedain custom in this chapter:


It was the act of bodily union that achieved marriage, and after which the indissoluble bond was complete. In happy days and times of peace it was held ungracious and contemptuous of kin to forgo the ceremonies, but it was at all times lawful for any of the Eldar, both being unwed, to marry thus of free consent one to another without ceremony or witness (save blessings exchanged and the naming of the Name); and the union so joined was alike indissoluble. In days of old, in times of trouble, in flight and exile and wandering, such marriages were often made.


Thus, while it would not be the norm, and it would be seen as a breach of custom and inconsiderate towards their respective families for a betrothed Dúnedain couple to "have an Elvish marriage", I think a child from such a union would be legitimate. What Halbarad refers to in this chapter is what I'm calling a "Ranger's betrothal", where a couple is not (yet) betrothed when the woman falls pregnant; this would be a more uncertain situation, though if the child is acknowledged by the father and the young people marry, the child would still be considered legitimate (though possibly in a weaker position in disputes involving inheritance).


Chapter 18:


The idea that Thorongil held the rank of Captain-General of Gondor has been borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King.


Chapter 20 and 24:


My thanks to Surgical Steel for her advice on Halbarad's injury.


Chapter 21:


Elrond's words "A great doom awaits you, either to rise above the height of all your fathers since the days of Elendil, or to fall into darkness with all that is left of your kin" are quoted from Appendix A, the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, as is Arwen's thought at the end of the chapter (Estel, Estel!).


Chapter 27:


My thanks to Surgical Steel for her advice on Elrohir's injury, and to Arwen Lune for her advice on horses.


Chapter 28:


The lines of poetry are taken from the Lay of Leithian (HoME III, pp. 253, 277 – 1987 Unwin paperback ed.)


Chapter 30:


Again, my thanks to Surgical Steel for advice on Elrohir's injury and the circumstances around it.


Chapter 33:


Ulmo's guise as the Mariner has been borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King. (Go read if you haven't yet!)


Chapter 37:


The geography of the Shire, specifically the names and locations of villages, is based on The Atlas of Middle-earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad.


The type of Greek Fire the Corsairs use is borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King.


Chapter 38:


The letter about Isengar Took that Amrothos refers to, and Silmarien's Discourses are borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King.


OCs in order of appearance:


Chapter 2:


Halmir: Halbarad's elder son


Borlas: Halbarad's lieutenant in the Grey Company


Chapter 5:


Hunthor: Ranger of the Grey Company


Chapter 6:


Beleg: Ranger of the Grey Company


Chapter 7:


Belzagar: Captain of the Guard of the Tower


Chapter 9:


Herulf: Rider of Rohan, currently in charge at Dunharrow


Frána: Rider of Rohan, Herulf's lieutenant


Chapter 10:


Folcwine: Rohirric lord, one of Éowyn's councillors


Swithulf: Rohirric lord, one of Éowyn's councillors


Chapter 12:


Daeron: Ranger of the North, Halbarad's brother-in-law


Gethron: Ranger of the North


Chapter 13:


Celegir: Silvan Elf of Lothlórien, commands the company that meets Elladan and Elrohir


Chapter 16:


Grimgár: Beorning captain


Chapter 17:


Gorlim: citizen of Caras Dirnen


Dineth: Halbarad's wife


Haldan: Halbarad's second and youngest son


Bregor: former Ranger, seneschal of the Keep in Caras Dirnen


Mallor: Lord of Celonhad and member of the Council of the Angle


Chapter 18:


Herion, Balan: Rangers of Ithilien


Chapter 19:


Aesc: Rider of Rohan, messenger


Déorlaf, Eadwig, Sighere, Wigmund: Rohirric lords, Éowyn's councillors


Chapter 20:


Orleg, Marach, Baran, Elatan, Tavor, Vardamir, Maethor, Urthel, Falassion, Amlaith: Rangers of the North


Hithaeron: Elf, leader of the archers sent by Rivendell


Ciriondil: Ranger (and healer)


Cadman Crackwillow: the Bree smith


Robin Rushlight: the mayor of Bree


Porto Brockhouse: hobbit, mayor of Staddle


Will Sandheaver: hobbit, farmer


Chapter 24:


Hatholdir: member of the Council of the Angle for the outside villages


Angrod: member of the Council of the Angle for the western villages


Edrahil: member of the Council of the Angle for the eastern villages


Galion: member of the Council of the Angle, Lord of Athrad


Vëantur: member of the Council of the Angle, Lord of Ringlanthir


Chapter 26:


Yávien: Imrahil's wife


Forweg: Forlong's grandson, now lord of Lossarnach


Indor: Harbourmaster of Pelargir


Chapter 29:


Leofric: a doorward of Meduseld


Hild: a distant kinswoman of Erkenbrand


Chapter 31:


Alagon: an Elf of Rivendell


Gelmir: a Ranger


Chapter 32:


Bronweg: a Ranger


Chapter 33:


Rhúnendir: an Elf of Mithlond


Chapter 36:


Soronto: the Master of the Watch on Imrahil's ship, the Falcon.


Meldoron: the captain of Wilwarin, a ship in the Gondorian fleet


Perchalf: the captain of Windrunner, a ship in the Gondorian fleet


Gaerion: an elf of Lothlórien


Chapter 37:


Gilor and Thelion: Rangers at Tharbad


Invented places:


Chapter 12:


Caras Dirnen: the capital of the Northern Dúnedain in the Angle


Chapter 17:


Celonhad: town in the Angle


Ringlanthir: town in the Angle


Chapter 24:


Athrad: town in the Angle



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Last Update: 15 Jun 13
Stories: 9
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Created By: Nath


My AU stories (mostly short) gathered in one place - I could explain here that I like seeing how changing one thing can affect everything that happens after, but perhaps it's just that I like breaking things ;-)

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Dark AU in which Sauron has regained the Ring. Not a pleasant place for his opponents... (Story still in progress)

 

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Author: Nath

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/07/14

Original Post: 06/16/07

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