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A Child's Dream of Hope - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: A Child's Dream of Hope
Rating: PG
Theme: Fixed Length Challenge, "A Summer Breeze"
Elements: 333 words
Author's Notes: For Rhapsody and Leianora for their birthdays
Summary: As a young child, Faramir finds a dream to hold onto during a visit to Ithilien in his father's company.
Word Count: 333

A Child’s Dream of Hope

Faramir stood atop the hill of Emyn Arnen, where once his family had dwelt in the keep built for the House of Húrin. The summer breeze tousled his hair, and he had to keep brushing it from his eyes as he squinted northwestward. “It is beautiful here!” he declared to his father, who had brought him to Ithilien on one of the rare occasions that the Steward rode abroad from the White City. “I shall live here one day!”

Denethor gave a single bark of a laugh, one without humor. His attention was not westward, but instead focused to the east, toward the dark wall of the Mountains of Shadow as it stretched north and south of them. “Not as long as the threat of Mordor persists shall anyone be able to rebuild here,” he prophesied. “The Nameless One will seek to destroy anyone who stands in such defiance of him. Nay, my son, I fear you shall be fated to remain within the walls of Minas Tirith, and the thought of refounding our ancient stronghold here shall always be merely a sweet but unworkable dream.”

Faramir’s resolve wavered briefly; but then he heard the creak of leather harness and saw one of the guards below them leaning down to pluck a pink blossom that had also nodded in the breeze, sniffing at the spicy scent of a flower grown from roots that had probably been planted here many generations past when Men did not fear to dwell here in sight of the Enemy’s walls. He clenched his fists tightly. He would see his dream made a reality—he would! And one day he would bring a bride here, and together they should cover this hillside with bright blossoms of many flowers and even brighter children….

He looked back into the wind, sensing that his hopes would be brought to Gondor from north and west. And in his mind the White Tree bloomed once more for the King he knew would come again.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
I love this glimpse of a young Faramir! I think even then he would have had that gift of foresight.
Jul. 17th, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh, but I agree he most likely had his own share of the gift of foresight, for he, too, held a share of the blood of Kings. And at least he is still capable of hope.
Jul. 16th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
one day he would bring a bride here, and together they should cover this hillside with bright blossoms of many flowers and even brighter children...

What a beautiful image.
Jul. 17th, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that you love that image. It must have inspired him to keep working against the Enemy until the day Mordor fell at last. Thanks so, Shirebound.
Jul. 16th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
I always felt Faramir to be a dreamer in the best sense, one with intent and action to back it up. I'm glad his spirit held onto his childhood dream.
Jul. 17th, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
Not all daydreams are merely fancy and illusion, for the best serve as inspiration for us to continue to hope and work for the desired future. Thanks so!
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
Just wonderful!I loved this. A beautiful idea and very Faramir.
Jul. 17th, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you find it so, Linda! We do love Faramir, after all!
Jul. 16th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Very nice ficlet; I love young Faramir's hope and determination, not to mention the pinch of foresight.
Jul. 17th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
He, too, has his own share of blessed blood from what we know, and Gandalf said that the blood of Numenor ran in his veins as it didn't in those of his brother. From his youth on I think Faramir was always a bit of an idealist as well as being uniquely rational in a manner his father lost the ability to match.
Jul. 17th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful thought, dream, Faramir. You can see his inner strength to bring this dream forth from this story.
Nov. 1st, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to be so late in responding to your comments. Yes, Faramir had his own strength, one that in the end served Gondor and its people and new King well for as long as he lived, and perhaps afterward as well. Thanks so!
Sep. 21st, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
I like the idea that he wanted to live in Emyn Arnen, even then, that it was not a second choice, after Minas Tirith--even though we know he loved Minas Tirith.
Nov. 1st, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Faramir, after all, was born to become the Prince of Ithilien, and to renew the House of Hurin within the new double Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor. And he had, I am certain, his own level of foresight. I am only glad he lived to know his dream fulfilled!
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