5. The last Days of Rían
It was Rían herself who told of Silvanís in her waning days in Mithlond. She had held this secret for so many years. One secret among many she had. After the fall of Arthedain in 1974 she and her younger sister Ráinna had made their way to Mithlond with Rian's daughters under the watch from the sons of King Arvedui. In 1975 when the army of Gondor arrived and the Witch-King was defeated, she learned that a woman with child was found at the fork of the River Lhun. This woman had journeyed from the far north and was starving and near death. Brought to Mithlond to recover, Rían asked that she and her baby be housed with her. She was a small woman with a dark complexion, not of the tall Dúnedain. But she worked hard to communicate, and Rían learned that her name was Sían, and she was from the clan of Lossoth that had given aid to King Arvedui the winter before.
The days passed and Sían gained strength, and so too did her infant son. As the weeks passed, they were able to communicate better. Rían was saddened when it was learned what had happened to Cirdan's ship that had been sent for the King and his men. In time Rían found out that Sían knew of her son Halvarís. And so word came that her son lived and stayed with the King to the end in the icy waters of Forochel. Her husband Kallam never came to the far north, for he was slain in battle west of the Twilight Hills during the retreat. When Rían communicated to Sían that she was the mother of Halvarís, tears grew in her eyes. She hugged Rían, and motioned to her unborn baby and tried to tell of her marriage to Halvarís. It was then that Rían knew that the line of Silvanís would endure.....
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