3. The Thain's Son
“It is too rich a gift!” whispered Pippin. Gingerly, he held the cup to the light. “But what is it made of?” he asked, puzzled.
Laughter twinkled in Faramir’s pale eyes. “It is carved from the bone of a dromedary, master Halfling; a two humped creature that lives in the deserts of Harad. The desert men ride them as we ride horses. It was my brother’s once.”
Pippin held his breath. “Truly?” Without waiting for an answer, he cried, “Merry, look! A gift from one warrior to another.”
Eagerly, Merry turned to the Prince of Ithilien. “Is there another one?”
These drabbles were written for Raksha, whose birthday falls on 31 October. Thanks, Raksha, for your encouragement and criticism of my stories, especially The Phrygian Flute. It’s been a long time in writing, but I’ll get there… one day.
A Thousand and One Nights and The Grey Wanderer are based in part on the Faramir in one of my stories, The Phrygian Flute. Also, I don't know if any camels existed in Harad or if the men of those desert lands rode them. To that exent, The Thain's Son is probably non-canonical.
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