Last Hope: 12. Notes

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12. Notes

Story Notes:
*Ronduir, Beregost, Valcirion, Artanal, Telmoth, and Gilbarad are original characters (the name 'Gilbarad' made an appearance in HoME, but his personality and purpose is anyone's guess).
*Asfaloth is well-known as Glorfindel's horse. The names Malfrey and Palaber are original.
*Elladan and Elrohir were not referred to as Elves, Men, or Half-elven in canon. Since this story is coming from a human perspective, 'Elf-man' seemed an appropriate approximation.
*Gilraen foresighted? According to canon, yes (see the story of Aragorn and Arwen in the RoTK appendix A).
*The Silverstream will be impossible to find on an official map. The author advises readers not to search for it, heh-heh.
* 'Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.' Gildor Inglorion said it first, to Frodo (FoTR: Three is Company). Wizardry as described in the RoTK index is 'magic of a kind popularly ascribed to the Wizards'... and is one way to avoid naming Vilya.
*For the full effect of Gilraen's dreamy-flashback scene, try reading what Sam recited for us of the Fall of Gil-galad simultaneously (FoTR: A Knife in the Dark).

Timeline Key:
1979 - Aranarth takes the title of Chieftain of the Dunedain. The heirlooms of Arnor are given into the keeping of Elrond.
'In Elrond's house were harbored the Heirs of Isildur, in childhood and old age, because of the kinship of their blood with Elrond himself, and because he knew in his wisdon that one should come of their line to whom a great part was appointed in the last deeds of that Age.'
2431 - Aragost son of Arahad I is born.
c. 2480 - Orcs begin to make secret strongholds in the Misty Mountains so as to bar all passes into Eriador.
2497 - Aravorn son of Aragost is born.
2510 - Celebrian departs over Sea.
2563 - Arahad II son of Aravorn is born.
2628 - Arassuil son of Arahad II is born.
2740 - Orcs renew their invasions of Eriador.
2873 - Arathorn II son of Arador is born.
2907 - Gilraen daughter of Dirhael is born.
2929 - Arathorn and Gilraen are wed.
2931 - Birth of Aragorn II son of Arathorn II.
2933 - Arathorn II dies in battle with Orcs.

*I highly recommend all articles by Michael Martinez for anyone interested in LoTR research. I wouldn't even know where the Rangers lived if not for the fabulous references found therein. Also, I thank Stephen Geard for compiling a 2nd and 3rd Age chronology. Finally, besides the Encyclopedia of Arda, the essays, FAQs and LessFAQa found here are invaluable.

Author's Note:
Through the long process of writing this story, many readers who enjoyed it have been good enough to tell me so -- I thank them. But one person helped like no other, and that was Lyllyn, who beta-read, reread, and was consistently generous with that most elusive writer's tool: honesty.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: AfterEver

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/08/04

Original Post: 07/28/03

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