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Looking Back - Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland
Title: Looking Back
Theme: A river runs through it
Elements: Mering Stream
Author's Notes: I fear I was stumped by this prompt and about to give up until a sudden idea came to me.I fear it is not very inspired, but I didn't want to concede defeat!
Summary: Faramir ponders his ancestor's decision.
Word Count:200

Deep in thought, the two men crossed the Mering Stream to return to their own land.

“Alas, that Gondor’s bounds have so shrunk since the days of Elendil!” said Faramir. “Visiting the mound where once he lay has made me think of how vast our realm once was, before the days of Cirion. Should my longfathers have better held fast your realm, my lord?”

Aragorn shook his head. “Master Elrond told me that Cirion granted the Rohirrim an empty land, which availed no man. Look at it now! Behold the fields of wheat and the pastures where the fine horses roam. And where would Gondor be without Rohan and the aid they have sent in times of war? My southern realm would have fallen long ago, had the Riders not come to our aid! Then what of you, my friend? Let not your wife hear you speak thus! Had not Cirion ceded Calenardhon to Eorl, you would still be a lonely bachelor, my friend!”

Faramir laughed. “T’was but a moment of foolishness. Our bonds with Rohan benefit us greatly. I was looking backward to the past when instead I should look to our future, which now is filled with hope.”


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 16th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
I really like this - wise King Elessar, like his ancestor Cirion, to value good neighbor-allies more than empty territory. Like the Norse said, "bare is back without brother".
Nov. 17th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. Elessar is wise indeed. I like the Norse saying.
Nov. 16th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Let not your wife hear you speak thus!

Ha! Yes, one might imagine that Eowyn would take umbrage at Faramir's off-the-cuff comment. A nice tribute to a strong allegiance, Linda!
Nov. 17th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm pleased you enjoyed this. Eowyn would be furious to hear Faramir speak thus.
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Nov. 17th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
It is indeed good.
Nov. 16th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I love these little conversations. :)
Nov. 17th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Nov. 17th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
This is a lovely conversation. I like to imagine these two as good friends, so I especially enjoyed this. (And I do wonder if Faramir would've been in trouble, had he aired those musings in the wrong company!)
Nov. 17th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Thank you.I'm pleased you enjoyed this.I love to think of these two as friends.Yes, I fear Faramir could have been in deep trouble!
Nov. 17th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
The story of Cirion and Eorl is one of my most favorite ones, and it's nice to remember it through your lovely little story.
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm pleased I used elements from a favourite story of yours.
Nov. 17th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I really like your last-minute inspiration. The convivial atmosphere, the look back at the past and the acknowledgement of where they have come. It all makes for a lovely moment between these two men.
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to nation-building, as Aragorn knows. This was a fun read.
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Nov. 18th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
A perfect look at the past in comparison with the present and now the future, one in which so much that had been lost has been regained and will be fulfilled.
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Nov. 18th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
A good conversation between these two - and Faramir's lucky Eowyn's not there;-)
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you.Faramir is indeed lucky!
Nov. 19th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Love the last words the most. Faramir is as much Hope Unquenchable as Sam is. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you. May God bless you too.
Nov. 19th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
This is a really insightful double drabble and i'm glad that Aragorn gives Faramir some words of wisdom and to encourage Faramir to look forward. :)
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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