Many Guises and Many Names

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This collection of drabbles and short pieces focuses on Aragorn, the people who knew him, and/or the significance of his life.

MEFA 2007: "Clothes Make the Man," First place, Humor, Drabble

Some are funny, some are sad; some deal with great events, some are family portraits--but you will not find scenes Tolkien already wrote, such as the coronation or the betrothal at Cerin Amroth. Each drabble or vignette can stand on its own, but taken together they paint a broader portrait of the man. The stories appear in order as they would fall in Aragorn's lifetime.



Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Elfstone (Celebrimbor) 119 0 13 Mar 06
2 Reckoning (Gilraen, Elrond) 322 0 04 Jul 06
3 Horse Thief (Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir, Glorfindel, Asfaloth) 1,013 0 03 Jul 06
4 The King's Dagger 408 0 05 Dec 06
5 Rider of Rohan 141 0 01 Aug 06
6 Longing 170 0 22 Mar 06
7 Epiphany (Denethor, Ecthelion) 410 1 15 Dec 06
8 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (Denethor) 114 1 03 Jul 06
9 Spinning (Arwen, Galadriel) 440 0 01 Aug 06
10 Clothes Make the Man (Celeborn) 130 2 14 Oct 07
11 Waiting (Gilraen) 117 0 03 Jul 06
12 Pipeweed (Gandalf) 771 1 16 Jul 06
13 Hobbits and Husbands (Halbarad) 1,453 0 16 Jul 06
14 The Hobbit and the Man: "All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter" (Bilbo) 446 0 03 Aug 06
15 Tharbad Crossing (Boromir) 115 0 13 Mar 06
16 Suspicion (Frodo, Sam) 132 0 13 Mar 06
17 Plain Hobbit Sense (Boromir, Sam) 361 0 16 Jul 06
18 A Son's Farewell (Elrond) 138 0 03 Jul 06
19 King's Man (Halbarad) 1,046 0 16 Jul 06
20 At the Pig and Thistle (Pippin) 462 0 16 Sep 06
21 Of the History and Habits of Hobbits (Pippin, Faramir) 653 0 01 Nov 06
22 Work Detail (Arwen) 234 2 03 Jul 06
23 Jewels (Faramir) 156 0 03 Jul 06
24 Fugitive 1,140 1 17 Jul 06
25 Bedtime Story (Arwen, Eldarion) 714 0 03 Aug 06
26 King Elessar's Peace 115 2 03 Jul 06
Appx. Word Count 11,320 10  



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Many Guises and Many Names

demeter d - 06 Feb 06 - 1:01 AM

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Haven't visited the list of new stories for a long time.  I just discovered this peice of yours. This last chapter is lovely. A happily ever after moment like i always imagine when I read the books.  I have just read all of them but the Denethor chapter.  They are all charming.  thank you for sharing them.

Many Guises and Many Names

Gandalfs apprentice - 07 Feb 06 - 6:03 PM

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Hi, demeter d

Thanks for your kind review of my drabbles and vignettes. As I write them I add them in their place according to where they would fall in Aragorn's lifetime. Eventually, I hope to have a collection that reflects most of his life--or at least his many names!

Gandalfs apprentice

Many Guises and Many Names

DrummerWench - 06 Aug 06 - 7:26 PM

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Hi, G.A. -
I am not much of a drabble fan.  That said, I really like this series of short pieces.  The short and medium length connected vignettes read as if they are seamlessly part of a larger whole (to me).
I assume they are all in the "Sword of Elendil" -verse.
Good reading here!

Many Guises and Many Names

Gandalfs apprentice - 09 Aug 06 - 10:56 AM

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Thanks, DrummerWench, for your comments on "Many Guises and Many Names." They are "Sword of Elendil" verse in the sense that I view them as entirely compatible with that tale. The only one that derives from "Sword" more directly, however, is "Spinning," about Arwen waiting the arrival of Aragorn in Lorien. Tolkien doesn't tell us what she thought about Aragorn before that; I believe she already had feelings and did not fall in love with a suit of clothes!

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Author: Gandalfs apprentice

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/02/08

Original Post: 04/16/05

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My Aragorn Stories - 8 stories - Owner: Gandalfs apprentice
Here you will find Aragorn as written by Gandalfs apprentice: drama, adventure, comedy. The list begins with a collection of short pieces spanning Aragorn's life, and continues with stories more focused on one slice of time. It ends with a few AU tales on the lighter side. Please note that while characters and themes in these tales are interlocked, some contradict others in timing and events. It's more fun that way.
Included because: Drabbles and ficlets from the creation of the Elessar to the flourishing peace of the King's late reign.


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