21. Gainesville Town
Prompt: Erebor: Refugee issues are our issues; their plight is our plight. Write a story or poem or create artwork that illustrates the situation of some displaced group in Middle-earth.
After Umbar, Belfalas's and Dol Amroth's lords debate: to Haradrim seeking shelter – as ever happens after war on Harad's soil – will they say yea or nay?
Then some say yea, for honor; others nay, we've no stake. Yea, for pity; nay, for peace at home. Yea – they're useful. Nay – they're poor.
Yea – 'tis justice. Nay – they're untrustworthy. Yea – they suffer. Nay – their suffering breeds strife among our enemies! Yea – remember Amroth!
Finally, the Prince rules: yea – when War outbreaks, these will flock to our banner.
"'Yea, for fodder'?" his son demands later. The Prince sighs.
"Valar forgive me!"
Author's notes: Builds off of Beyond the Quays of Umbar.
Gainesville Town – lifted from the Indigo Girls song, Shame on you.
Remember Amroth!: Dol Amroth used to be Elven territory, so really, the entire principality of Men is an immigrant empire.
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