2. The Longest Day
Midsummer, 3018 – Ithilien.
The rangers crouched in the caves remember the celebrations of their boyhoods: bonfires dotting the open field. The children would pin their wishes to every spark, as if they were shooting stars. Now they know that the Enemy looms near; they must let night's darkness complete itself – why risk such folly?
Now, what do we wish for? Faramir wonders, just as Mablung puts in, "Tonight the stars give permission to rejoice." The Captain looks up, and smiles – all the bonfires of Arda.
Today was the longest day, but ere next summer, they must face the longest night.