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Gilded Cage - Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland
Title: Gilded Cage
Rating: G
Theme: pairs
Elements: horse,carriage
Beta: none
Author's Notes: With thanks to Raksha for the idea.
Summary: luxury is not always comfort.
Word Count:100



The procession traversed the streets of Dol Amroth. Eager citizens craned their necks to catch a glimpse of their King and Queen as their ornately decorated carriage went slowly by, drawn by four splendid grey horses.

Aragorn gritted his teeth and forced himself to smile. It was kind of Prince Imrahil to send his carriage, but how he hated this bumpy, stuffy, uncomfortable means of transport. Little did the admiring crowds know that to Aragorn, a carriage was akin to a gilded cage. Better by far to be astride his faithful steed feeling the wind and sun caress his face.

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dreamflower02
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
What a perfect use of the prompt words! And yes, I can see that's exactly how Aragorn would have reacted to having to ride in a carriage!
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so sorry this late. I struggled to begin with with the prompt and then got the dates mixed up. I'm pleased you felt it turned out well.
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ignoblebard
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Very nice drabble, and I couldn't agree wtih Aragorn more.
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased that you liked my drabble. I wouldn't fancy riding in a coach either!
paranoidangel42
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
I can totally see Aragorn feeling like that. And yet that's what comes of being King.
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased this rang true for you.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, but I can so see this and appreciate his sentiments. Kudos, Linda!
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm so pleased that you liked this.
curiouswombat
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ah - a whole new take on the concept of the gilded cage - well done!
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it.
wormwood_7
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I can absolutely envisage Aragorn feeling like this. Good use of the prompt.
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased this felt true to you.
clodia_metelli
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
That's delightful. And of course Aragorn would feel caged in a carriage!
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you.I'm delighted that you liked this.
antane
Nov. 17th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I agree out in the wind and sun would be better! We've lost a lot that we don't even realize with our mechanized world.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
You are quite right. WE have lost much of the wisdom of ancient times about nature.
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lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
I've read the carriage the Queen rides in on state occasions is far from comfortable.I'm pleased this rang true for you.
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lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you.I'm sure Aragorn always remained Srider at heart.
goldvermilion87
Nov. 17th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I couldn't see Aragorn enjoying a carriage ride! :-)
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
No, I couldn't either!
labourslamp
Nov. 17th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Very effective, and very in character! I love how you can still see the Ranger in the King!
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm so pleased that you liked this.
rs9
Nov. 17th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Poor Aragorn. I can just see his fake smile through his gritted teeth. At least Imrahil did not teach him the "queenly" wave.
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
LOL.You now have me wondering what Aragorn doing a queenly wave would look like!
thunderatiger
Nov. 18th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
You so succinctly captured Aragorn's personality in this drabble, though perhaps I shouldn't use the word "capture." He's feeling caged enough as it is. :) I wonder how much Prince Imrahil knows or suspects about Aragorn's preferences, being a Swan-knight and a prince with ties to elves and the Sea. Still, even if he does guess that the King would rather sit astride his horse, there are appearances to consider, too. Lots of complicated motives and needs tied up into one little drabble!
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm delighted that you felt I captured Aragorn's personality in all senses of the word!I think Imrahil is more born to enduring pomp than Aragorn is.
someplacetobe
Nov. 18th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
I was chuckling at the end: he would have thought of it as such.
lindahoyland
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased this made you smile.
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