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10. Love lies stately

Prompt: Himring: Write a story or poem or create artwork where characters make sacrifices in order to achieve their goals.



They'd been children together: even then, he'd been surpassing steady. No boyish tricks, despite Variel's baiting.

He'd revenged himself at twenty-five: taken her hand, and, steady-burning soul, ere nightfall, her pledge and more beside.

They'd married happily, hopeful children would come swiftly.

Fifteen years passed. Variel miscarried thrice, was so ill after the third, she'd to persuade him to another attempt.

Alas, 'twas not to be: Eilariel came too soon.

"We'll manage," he promises. Variel answers him the only wise way...

But next morn, she returns his ring. "For our people," she says, painfully. "Find another, Arathorn!"



Author's notes: Arathorn married when he was, in his father-in-law's words, "a stern man of full age," by which Dírhael meant to say, he was fifty-seven. That seems a bit long to wait to fulfill those dynastic obligations. And would the Dúnedain really put up with two generations of Heirs who refused to marry for ridiculously long periods of time, especially given that Aragorn inherited after two back-to-back assassinations? Perhaps they would. Or perhaps it's not implausible to impute an earlier marriage to Arathorn...


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: Dwimordene

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 06/09/11

Original Post: 06/09/11

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