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41. Notes

First, a warm Thank You to my betas, Anglachel and Julie (as well as Stella for her help with the first several chapters), whose input and encouragement have done much to make this story happen at all beyond the initial idea. My thanks also to all others who help in various ways, including Surgical Steel who has been kind enough to give advice on medical details here and there; any mistakes that are left, are therefore entirely mine.

Chapter notes:

General: Several chapters use (adapted) dialogue and description from LotR. I try to list all instances, but I'm bound to miss one or two; so, if you recognise it, it's probably not mine.

Chapter 6:

Sië terquanta ná vanda Arandurion Ondórëo. – Thus is the oath of the Stewards of Gondor fulfilled.

Chapter 11:

Some of the text in the conversation with Treebeard is quoted almost literally from LotR, bk 6, Ch.5 Many Partings

Chapter 17:

Based on the assumption that the Dúnedain, especially in Eriador, are heavily influenced by Elvish culture, I looked at the below quote from LaCE (HoME X, pg 212) for my take on Dúnedain custom in this chapter:

It was the act of bodily union that achieved marriage, and after which the indissoluble bond was complete. In happy days and times of peace it was held ungracious and contemptuous of kin to forgo the ceremonies, but it was at all times lawful for any of the Eldar, both being unwed, to marry thus of free consent one to another without ceremony or witness (save blessings exchanged and the naming of the Name); and the union so joined was alike indissoluble. In days of old, in times of trouble, in flight and exile and wandering, such marriages were often made.

Thus, while it would not be the norm, and it would be seen as a breach of custom and inconsiderate towards their respective families for a betrothed Dúnedain couple to "have an Elvish marriage", I think a child from such a union would be legitimate. What Halbarad refers to in this chapter is what I'm calling a "Ranger's betrothal", where a couple is not (yet) betrothed when the woman falls pregnant; this would be a more uncertain situation, though if the child is acknowledged by the father and the young people marry, the child would still be considered legitimate (though possibly in a weaker position in disputes involving inheritance).

Chapter 18:

The idea that Thorongil held the rank of Captain-General of Gondor has been borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King.

Chapter 20 and 24:

My thanks to Surgical Steel for her advice on Halbarad's injury.

Chapter 21:

Elrond's words "A great doom awaits you, either to rise above the height of all your fathers since the days of Elendil, or to fall into darkness with all that is left of your kin" are quoted from Appendix A, the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, as is Arwen's thought at the end of the chapter (Estel, Estel!).

Chapter 27:

My thanks to Surgical Steel for her advice on Elrohir's injury, and to Arwen Lune for her advice on horses.

Chapter 28:

The lines of poetry are taken from the Lay of Leithian (HoME III, pp. 253, 277 – 1987 Unwin paperback ed.)

Chapter 30:

Again, my thanks to Surgical Steel for advice on Elrohir's injury and the circumstances around it.

Chapter 33:

Ulmo's guise as the Mariner has been borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King. (Go read if you haven't yet!)

Chapter 37:

The geography of the Shire, specifically the names and locations of villages, is based on The Atlas of Middle-earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad.

The type of Greek Fire the Corsairs use is borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King.

Chapter 38:

The letter about Isengar Took that Amrothos refers to, and Silmarien's Discourses are borrowed with permission from Anglachel's story Hands of the King.

OCs in order of appearance:

Chapter 2:

Halmir: Halbarad's elder son

Borlas: Halbarad's lieutenant in the Grey Company

Chapter 5:

Hunthor: Ranger of the Grey Company

Chapter 6:

Beleg: Ranger of the Grey Company

Chapter 7:

Belzagar: Captain of the Guard of the Tower

Chapter 9:

Herulf: Rider of Rohan, currently in charge at Dunharrow

Frána: Rider of Rohan, Herulf's lieutenant

Chapter 10:

Folcwine: Rohirric lord, one of Éowyn's councillors

Swithulf: Rohirric lord, one of Éowyn's councillors

Chapter 12:

Daeron: Ranger of the North, Halbarad's brother-in-law

Gethron: Ranger of the North

Chapter 13:

Celegir: Silvan Elf of Lothlórien, commands the company that meets Elladan and Elrohir

Chapter 16:

Grimgár: Beorning captain

Chapter 17:

Gorlim: citizen of Caras Dirnen

Dineth: Halbarad's wife

Haldan: Halbarad's second and youngest son

Bregor: former Ranger, seneschal of the Keep in Caras Dirnen

Mallor: Lord of Celonhad and member of the Council of the Angle

Chapter 18:

Herion, Balan: Rangers of Ithilien

Chapter 19:

Aesc: Rider of Rohan, messenger

Déorlaf, Eadwig, Sighere, Wigmund: Rohirric lords, Éowyn's councillors

Chapter 20:

Orleg, Marach, Baran, Elatan, Tavor, Vardamir, Maethor, Urthel, Falassion, Amlaith: Rangers of the North

Hithaeron: Elf, leader of the archers sent by Rivendell

Ciriondil: Ranger (and healer)

Cadman Crackwillow: the Bree smith

Robin Rushlight: the mayor of Bree

Porto Brockhouse: hobbit, mayor of Staddle

Will Sandheaver: hobbit, farmer

Chapter 24:

Hatholdir: member of the Council of the Angle for the outside villages

Angrod: member of the Council of the Angle for the western villages

Edrahil: member of the Council of the Angle for the eastern villages

Galion: member of the Council of the Angle, Lord of Athrad

Vëantur: member of the Council of the Angle, Lord of Ringlanthir

Chapter 26:

Yávien: Imrahil's wife

Forweg: Forlong's grandson, now lord of Lossarnach

Indor: Harbourmaster of Pelargir

Chapter 29:

Leofric: a doorward of Meduseld

Hild: a distant kinswoman of Erkenbrand

Chapter 31:

Alagon: an Elf of Rivendell

Gelmir: a Ranger

Chapter 32:

Bronweg: a Ranger

Chapter 33:

Rhúnendir: an Elf of Mithlond

Chapter 36:

Soronto: the Master of the Watch on Imrahil's ship, the Falcon.

Meldoron: the captain of Wilwarin, a ship in the Gondorian fleet

Perchalf: the captain of Windrunner, a ship in the Gondorian fleet

Gaerion: an elf of Lothlórien

Chapter 37:

Gilor and Thelion: Rangers at Tharbad

Invented places:

Chapter 12:

Caras Dirnen: the capital of the Northern Dúnedain in the Angle

Chapter 17:

Celonhad: town in the Angle

Ringlanthir: town in the Angle

Chapter 24:

Athrad: town in the Angle

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: Nath

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/07/14

Original Post: 06/16/07

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Silbereth - 14 Jul 10 - 12:09 PM

Ch. 41: Notes

I love this story, it has me on the edge of my seat! the best thing is I have absolutely no idea who will live and how it's going to end. Can't wait for the next chapter :)

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Nath - 14 Jul 10 - 10:59 PM

Ch. 41: Notes

Hi Silbereth,

Glad to hear you're enjoying the story Grin

I'll be keeping you in suspense a bit longer, I fear, but don't worry too much: the next chapter will be along by the beginning of September.

(And as to the ending, well... let's say that I know what it will be You little devil! )

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Silbereth - 13 Nov 11 - 4:14 AM

Ch. 41: Notes

You killed them! :( :( nooooo..... Still I'm enjoying it immensely.  I just wish Thranduil could have seen his son again :'(. I just love your writing style though so keep up the good work you have me on the edge of my seat!

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Silbereth - 28 Feb 12 - 10:40 AM

Ch. 41: Notes

Not the Peredhil twins!!!! There's still hope, you haven't put anything on the timeline... My heart is racing!

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