2. Eldacar the Prince
Eldacar was a strong young man. He was beloved by his people (well, most of them). He was a brave man and rode throughout Middle-earth, from Arnor in the north to Sirayn in the south, as well as the lands to the east. He maintained peaceful relations even with Gondor's enemies. Eldacar was kindly and generous, and did much to help the poor people of Gondor.
Eldacar was loved by a woman named Linilde. She was of the House of Gondor, being a descendant of King Ciryandil. She was born in the year 1263 to Ferendil of Ithilien and his wife Annasire. Linilde had known Eldacar since his youth. Eldacar and Linilde were close friends, and they fell in love in much the same way that Valacar and Galadwen had.
One day, in the spring of the year 1315, the two were sitting by a tributary of the Anduin.
"Linilde?" asked Eldacar.
"Yes?" said Linilde.
"It has been quite a long time since we met," said Eldacar, "and our love has gotten stronger as the years went by. I was thinking that this is kind of like the way my parents met. My father was in Rhovanion and he fell in love with my mother there."
"I have heard the story," said Linilde, "and it is most wonderful. I feel that they are a noble couple, much like Beren and Luthien of old."
"That is the greatest of the Lays of Beleriand," said Eldacar.
"It sure is," said Linilde.
"I was thinking," said Eldacar. "I want to take a wife one day, and I feel that I know who she is. She is a lovely, charming, excellent, and noble woman. I feel that this person is you. So, Linilde...will you marry me?"
Linilde smiled. "I will definitely be your wife," she said. The two held hands and watched the river flow into the horizon.
Eldacar and Linilde were married in the late summer of that year. Two years after their wedding, Linilde gave birth to a son, Ornendil. In 1323, Linilde bore a daughter, Ailinel. Lastly, in 1330, she bore another son, Aldamir. The children were born and raised in Ithilien in the home of Ferendil.
However, by now Eldacar's mother Galadwen had grown old. Though much vigor was left in Valacar, Galadwen was towards the end of her life. Eventually, she remained bedridden in the palace at Minas Anor. One day, she called Valacar and the rest of the family to see her.
"Valacar," said Galadwen, "I am at a great age now. My life draws closer to the end as we speak."
"My love," said Valacar, "do not speak like that. I love you more than Gondor itself, and I do not want to see you go so soon."
"I am over 100 years old," said Galadwen. "I am old among my people. I have outlived most of my brothers and sisters. And I am one of the Northmen. Our lifespan is less than half that of yours, Valacar. I was destined to die even before you should ascend the throne."
"That is true," said Romendacil. He and his wife were old, but still healthier than the ailing Galadwen. "Nevertheless, we still care about you, and we will miss you terribly."
"Mother," said Eldacar, "I am indeed concerned for you, but there are people that hate me and my brother and sister. They call us 'half-breeds' and even bastards. Indeed, at least one member of the royal family has scoffed at me. Father's cousin Calmir has said that I will never be King of Gondor. His son has been even more vicious about it. Their followers have heckled me at times..."
"Do not listen to them," said Galadwen. "You will be a great king."
"You're right," said Eldacar. "I am a man of Gondor, and though I am the son of a lady of Rhovanion, I am still the heir to Valacar. I shall ascend the throne upon his death."
"They may doubt you," said Valacar, "but it is all in vain. They are fools for saying that."
"Indeed," said Galadwen.
"Your highness," said Linilde, "I want you to know that you have been a noble woman, and you have lived a good life. But as your end draws near, what should we do about the rebels?"
"I am not sure," siad Galadwen. "All I can say is that Eldacar must unite the people of Gondor and protect the country from any harm." She turned to Eldacar. "You must believe in yourself, Eldacar. You are valiant and have a good heart. Remember to remain brave, even against the toughest obstacles. Beleve in yourself. Remember: I will always love you."
"And I will always love you," said Eldacar. He bended down and kissed Galadwen's wrinkled hand. Galadwen smiled. "I guess this is goodbye..."
Eldacar and the rest of the family bade farewell to Galadwen after this, but Valacar continued to nurse his wife until the final days. In the summer of the year 1344, Galadwen passed on. She was buried in the Cemetery of the Kings in Minas Anor.
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