Return to Middle-earth: 5. Cakes and Ale

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5. Cakes and Ale


The maid placed a large plate of cakes on the table just as Aragorn entered.

The King settled himself on his favourite chair. He asked the maid to bring him a mug of ale. Seeing the cakes, he helped himself to a lemon one, then another and another.

He had only just finished off the last lemon cake when Arwen entered together with the Potentate of Khand's chief wife.

After polite introductions, the King was content to remain in the background while the ladies made conversation and nibbled tea and cakes. He was tired after a long day of attending meetings and judging land disputes.

When the visitor had departed Arwen rounded on her husband. "You ate all the lemon cakes! I especially asked the cook to bake a wide variety. That was greedy of you, Estel!" she chided.

"It turned out for the best," said Aragorn good-humouredly. "If I had known you were entertaining the lady today I would have warned you that in Khand to serve a guest anything made with lemons indicates that you harbour bitter feelings against them."

"So you would argue greed is good?" said Arwen.

"Only on this one occasion!" the King said smiling.



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: Linda Hoyland

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/07/12

Original Post: 03/01/12

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