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Man of Many Faces - Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland
Title: Man of many Faces
Rating: PG
Theme: Lion and Lamb
Elements: angry/amiable
Beta: none
Author's Notes: none
Summary: In a day, Aragorn must play many parts.
Word Count: 150






“So you do not deny beating your wife and your children?” Aragorn demanded of the prisoner.

“No, they began to eat before I had my fill,” the man replied. “They deserved all they got!”

“Then you must pay the price!” Aragorn was unable to conceal his anger. “You will be flogged then exiled from the City forever. Take him away!”

The King sighed as he doffed his heavy ceremonial robes. Such crimes sickened him. He instructed an official to see that the miscreant’s wife and children were provided for then made his way home to where Arwen and his children awaited him.

His eyes lit up at Arwen’s welcoming smile and the sight of Eldarion and Farawyn running towards him to be hugged.

“It is good to see you,” he said, smiling at his family, no longer the angry judge but the loving and amicable husband and father once more.

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shirebound
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
the sight of Eldarion and Farawyn running towards him to be hugged.

What a marvelous reward for dispensing justice where it's needed.
lindahoyland
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad Aragorn had his children to come home to.
azur_infinie
Mar. 22nd, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
No doubt his family gave Aragorn the strength to deal with the more unpleasant aspects of being a leader. He couldn't be more deserving of a happy home life!
lindahoyland
Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
I quite agree,no one deserves happiness more than Aragorn!
blslarner
Mar. 22nd, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
How the abuse of family members must have wrankled with him! Well and succinctly done.
lindahoyland
Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased that you liked this.
engarian
Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Marvelous look at two sides of a complex personality.

- Erulisse (one L)
lindahoyland
Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you enjoyed this.I admit I was rather stuck with the prompt.
someplacetobe
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
What a comfort his family must have been after days like that.
foxrafer
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
You can feel the release of the tensions of the day as Aragorn sees his family. Really lovely.
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thunderatiger
Mar. 23rd, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Aragorn would have definitely needed someone to come home to after such days in court. And I love that he separates himself into many parts. He would have needed to do so as a Ranger, but it looks like it's serving him well as the King. The troubles at court don't trouble his family. Instead, he can enjoy their company. Very sweet and very in-character for Aragorn!
lovethosehobbit
Mar. 23rd, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Good for Aragorn and what a great husband and dad!
dreamflower02
Mar. 24th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Good for Aragorn! I'm sure that like many good family men, the sight of a man who abuses his own family has to enrage him!

But you can just see how he breathes easier as he sees his family.
alphien
Mar. 25th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Hmmm...this was interesting. From the books, I never really saw Aragorn as the type of character to be violent when angry. I always pictured him as the "cold and wrathful" sort. Of course, that was merely my interpretation.

I liked the shift in emotion from beginning to end. Your element covered more extreme opposites that some of the others, and I thought you conveyed that difference fairly well, though perhaps a longer piece would have done the emotions more justice.

In any case, I rather liked this. It was simple, but had a definite point.
mrowe
Mar. 27th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
An excellent contrast between Aragorn the stern judge and Aragorn the family man.
paranoidangel42
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
It's great to see how different Aragorn is at work from how he is at home.
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