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Arrival by Ness

Author: Ness
Title: Arrival
Rating: G
Theme: Arrivals and Departures
Elements: 222
Author's Notes: Part II. I decided to write two stories for this challenge, one departure and one arrival, and they belong together.
'Lonely men are we, Rangers of the wild, hunters – but hunters ever of the servants of the Enemy;' Aragorn, FOTR, The Council of Elrond
'I am Strider and Dúnadan too, and I belong both to Gondor and the North.' Aragorn, TT, Flotsam and Jetsam
Summary: Aragorn ponders the arrival of the Grey Company.
Word Count: 222


He had not summoned them. The Dúnedain of the North, led by the one who was his closest friend. Riding with them through the Rohan night, his foster-brothers. Often in those last few days Aragorn's thoughts had strayed to them, during lonely watches and on the eve of battle. Selfish he had thought himself to be then, to wish for their company just for friendship's sake when their swords were needed elsewhere. But in the end the summons had not been his decision, and, free from that responsibility, he was glad for the arrival of his kin. The dark road ahead seems a little brighter for it. Moreover, who could deny the Rangers, hunters ever of the servants of the Enemy, the right – or the curse – to accompany the Heir of Isildur? For though I return to Minas Tirith with Elendil's sword forged anew, I belong both to Godor and the North. He looked at Halbarad riding at his side, bearing the furled standard. Long years they had fought together against the Darkness. There was trust and understanding between them that didn't need many words. Although the uncertainty about choosing the right path still weighed heavily upon him, Aragorn felt a little more at ease. For whatever will chance, and be it the ending of the world, we will face it together.

Comments

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shirebound
Jul. 15th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
These two gap fillers are excellent.

in the end the summons had not been his decision, and, free from that responsibility

I hope that thought gave Aragorn some comfort.
nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! *bounces happily*

Yes, I think this is a really important aspect - he has quite enough responsibility at that moment already.
silver_trails
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you also mentioned the twins. With them and Halbarad there, Aragorn must have been comforted.
nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:49 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely. The twins are important, especially after the battle of the Pelennor Fields I guess :(
talullahred
Jul. 15th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
Loved the change of POV. Aragorn knows gratitude and friendship.
nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 08:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! The change of POV was a very deliberate choice - the stories can be read separately, but they really belong together.
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nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am happy that you like it!
rs9
Jul. 16th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
I really like this.
nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!
lindahoyland
Jul. 16th, 2015 04:32 am (UTC)
I loved this. They must have been such a comfort to Aragorn.
nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I think somebody knew that this was going to be a really hard time for him - he is not feeling at ease at all at that point and even more trying times are ahead, so he really did need some family/friends that he could rely on.
engarian
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
Kin and strong friends can be lights in the darkness and strength behind the blade. I'm sure Aragorn needed all of that in the days to come.

- Erulisse (one L)
nessrealta
Jul. 16th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
He certainly did. Thank you for reading and commenting!
blslarner
Jul. 17th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, indeed! And I rejoice that in this one we see it from Aragorn's POV. Yes, this is as it should be in the end.
nessrealta
Jul. 17th, 2015 09:15 am (UTC)
Thank you!
keiliss
Jul. 18th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
I really like your use of language and the seamless way you've included lines that have such a strong feel of the original text. I love that you chose this moment - Aragorn continuing his journey with an honour guard of men he knew and trusted, the image of a returning king.

Edited at 2015-07-18 01:42 am (UTC)
nessrealta
Jul. 18th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! *blushes*
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