5. Author's Notes
This story was written entirely for pleasure. No profit is derived. All characters belong to the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, praise him with great praise!
I have endeavored to keep Aragorn's dialogue as close to canon as possible (and often quote directly for that purpose) in the scenes that are also depicted in the books (and where he actually speaks), though I have omitted and paraphrased certain parts.
Aragorn's ability to read the memories of his unconscious patients is not strictly canonical. However, he speaks of Faramir's "staunch will" and recent history as if he knew them first-hand, rather than hearing of Faramir's character and experience from someone else; and I wondered how he gained that information. Aragorn does go first to Faramir, then to Eowyn and then to Merry, and it's said that "When he had looked on the faces of the sick and seen their hurts he sighed." There is opportunity there for Aragorn to gain knowledge of his unconscious patients, how badly the Black Breath has hurt their spirits, so I took it.
I am not the first fanfic writer to depict Tolkien's "dark vale" as a detailed 'otherworld' of Sauron's devising. Tolkien's lines about Aragorn seeming to wander through a dark vale, calling (Faramir) as if for one who is lost, seem to indicate that Aragorn is at least mentally removed from the room in the Houses of Healing, and that Faramir is in a hostile, distant place. Aragorn speaks to Éomer about recalling Éowyn from "the dark valley". Éowyn, after awakening, speaks of "dark voices" who told her that Éomer was dead. (Merry, bless him, awakens and says that he's hungry) I have tried whenever possible to create my own version on this dramatic and riveting chapter. The Sindarin hymn to Elbereth that Faramir sings in the dark vale is the same one Frodo heard in Rivendell's Hall of Fire in The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Elendilmir worn and mentioned by Aragorn is the "Star of Elendil" that is upon his brow when he comes to the Battle of the Pelennor - it is the traditional headgear of the Kings of Arnor, a white gem bound on the brows with a silver fillet. The Elendilmir is called "the Star of Elendil" in The Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and discussed in greater detail in a footnote in Appendix A, The Return of the King. And for even more details, check out Tolkien's Unfinished Tales - which any Tolkien aficionado should check out anyway, for all the fascinating material therein.
The location of Faramir's wound is never mentioned in the books. It is described as not being life-threatening. Since the "deadly dart" was probably aiming for his heart or throat, and missed, I had it strike the collarbone.
This story benefits immensely from the outstanding beta-work of Branwyn, Tanaqui, Marta, lindahoyland, and Eldamir. I can't thank them enough for their patience and persistence.
Finally, I used grey instead of gray. According to the The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition 2000, grey is a variant of gray; so I believe that I can get away with using grey and not using standard British spelling elsewhere. (If I'm wrong, let me know)
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