Aiwendiel, once again I must thank you for doing such beautiful justice to the oft-maligned Denethor. This is truly beautiful:
"Here lay the man who had been his chief adversary in Gondor when he was Thorongil—the man who had the most to lose at his return and most cause to deny him his claim. In truth, he had long dreaded this reunion—and now, it would never be. So many years wasted in useless rivalry, in pride and subterfuge… Between these two, the greatest leaders of men of their age, so many barriers had risen, so much had been unspoken. The handiwork of Sauron at his worst—setting friend against friend… In more ways than could be numbered they were as alike as brothers—the brother neither had, in life. Had things been different, Aragorn thought, he and I might have been fast friends...
He studied Denethor's face. Decades had fallen from him; his features were those of a much younger man, though his hair and beard were grey. Gone were the deeply engraved lines of bitterness and harsh restraint. The weighty burden of a constant battle against insurmountable odds with an undefeatable foe had finally been laid down. A slight smile lifted one corner of Aragorn's mouth. He is truly at peace… Captain Thorongil had been one of hundreds of guests at the wedding of Denethor and Finduilas. He looks as he did, that day… He is happy again, at last… Gravely, the man who would supplant him stood tall before the last Ruling Steward of Gondor, and saluted in the manner of the soldiers of that realm."
A much more fitting end for the last Ruling Steward of Gondor and so wonderful to know that he left this life in peace and in anticipation of being reunited with his beloved wife Finduilas.
Thank you, thank you! -- Lindariel