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For the Fixed-length Ficlet Challenge

Author: lady_branwyn
Rating: G
Source: ROTK
Characters: Forlong the Old
Two hundred words written for the Fixed-length Ficlet challenge at lotr_community
Author's Notes: MiddleEarth belongs to Tolkien. I am merely a tourist in a tacky hat.
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Two Hundred

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dreamflower02
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
A very plausible take on a character who is little more than a name in passing. And yet he comes vividly alive here, a man of integrity who will not lie *to* his men.

But also a man fiercely protactive, who will lie *for* those same men.

This was lovely and insightful! Thank you for participating in the challenge!
lady_branwyn
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
It is interesting (to me, anyway, lol!) that Denethor can't demand troops of his vassals. He has to be content with whatever they decide to send him. No doubt Forlong and the other lords held back some men because they were worried about the corsair threat, but I wonder if they also realized that they were walking into a deathtrap when they went to Minas Tirith. The news from the eastern front was only getting worse.

Thank you for providing a friendly gathering place for writers in our fandom. :)
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Very nice gapfiller! Thanks for joining in our challenge!!
lady_branwyn
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for running such intriguing challenges and such a friendly and active community. It is a pleasure to participate.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! We work hard at keeping things active and fresh, but without writers and readers it would all be for naught! It's very nice to know you're enjoying our little community and thanks so much for taking a moment to tell us! Feedback such as this really helps motivate your mods!!!
someplacetobe
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
This was a great expansion of the snippet; it showed there were reasons why he brought so few soldiers - this story fleshed out this character well. Nicely done!
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