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July Challenge Fic

Author: Virtuella
Title: Speechless
Rating: G
Theme: Short and Sweet
Elements: 369 words
Beta: Linda Hoyland
Summary:Aragorn does like to hear himself talk...
Word Count: 369



Speechless

He was to give a speech. This had been worrying Aragorn for weeks. Not that he was usually shy to speak in front of people, but he felt under a special obligation in this case. Faramir had asked him to be his groomsman and Aragorn was determined to give a magnificent speech.

He had made notes, lots of notes. He had visited the archives and read up on some of the more obscure episodes in the history of the Steward’s family. He began to feel almost up to the job, but not quite yet.

“Are you sure, my love,” said Arwen one evening, “that all this is really necessary?”

“Certainly, dearest,” he replied and continued to scribble on his sheet. “The guests will be fascinated by the historical details. Did you know that Egalmoth had the entire west wing of the Citadel refurbished by Dwarven artisans?”

“Indeed?” said Arwen. “How intriguing.”

And now the big day had come. Aragorn stood at the head table, the quiet attention of several hundred festively attired guests turned towards him.

“Dear, honoured guests,” he began. “We are elated to welcome you on this very joyful day. It is a day that gives reason to celebrate on more than one account. We think today of the Shadow that has passed from our world and of the valiant deeds of so many that have brought us deliverance. The two who are wed today have been among the most praiseworthy. The fair Lady Éowyn, descended from a line of kings, who defeated the Enemy’s most powerful servant, and Lord Faramir, brave and noble Steward of Gondor, faithful and just. To see them joined in marriage, a new union between our two lands, is the crowning glory of the well-earned peace.”

There was a round of applause. Aragorn nodded and smiled while he waited for it to die down, but suddenly Arwen rose beside him, lifting her goblet, and one after another the illustrious guests joined her; there was laughter and cheering, Imrahil slapped him on the shoulder, everybody talked and showed no sign of settling down again!

“That’s the way to do it,” said Ioreth the healer to the Warden of the Houses, “short and sweet.”

Comments

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nautika3
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Poor Aragorn! It's a good thing Arwen gave up immortality for him, or he might never have forgiven her for this! :D
curiouswombat
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Well done Arwen!

Well done Virtuella, too, of course.
blslarner
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Perfect! And the comment, from Ioreth, of all people! Heh!
shirebound
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Arwen will make a magnificent Queen! This is delightful.
foxrafer
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh Arwen, beautiful and very very wise. :-) This was great!
clodia_metelli
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
“Indeed?” said Arwen. “How intriguing.”


I can hear the irony there, but I bet Aragorn didn't. This really did make me laugh -- evidently Arwen has perfect comic timing. ^^ Thank you!
gamgeefest
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
*giggles madly*

That is perfect! Arwen was wise to stop him. Without hobbits around to remind him, Aragorn forgets too easily the importance of short speeches. :D
ex_lbilover
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, wise Arwen! I guess all those centuries of attending Elven celebrations stood her in good stead! Love the ending- because Ioreth is anything but short and sweet in her speech. :))) Thank you!
wormwood_7
Jul. 20th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
I like this. Aragorn as the classic, not-so-eloquent speech-maker. Mercifully cut short by Arwen before he really got into his stride.
lindahoyland
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
This was just delightful. I loved wise,clever Arwen here and Aragorn wanting everything to be perfect for Faramir.
someplacetobe
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
I liked the nerves of Aragorn and the timing of Arwen.
bfb
Jul. 20th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Haha, that's an awesome use of the theme. Very funny and charming!
dreamflower02
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of Aragorn being a bit of a boring speaker! LOL! I suppose he's less than eloquent when he's not having to rally the troops! Arwen's a wise queen!

(Reminds me a little of the scene at Bilbo's birthday, when the hobbits thought his speech was over and began to dance on the table.)

Very funny!
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Lol, perfect!!
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