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What do we say? by pizzamargherita

Author: pizzamargherita
Title: What do we say?
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Summary: Twice the same gift, twice the same answer – well, almost.
Word Count: 200

“But, Naneth, I cannot slay Orcs with this!” The little boy stared at his mother, then at the wooden sword in his hands, eyes wide with disbelief.

“You are not supposed to slay anything for many years to come,” Gilraen replied, directing her words more at Lord Elrond than at her son. “Now, what do we say when we receive a gift?”

The child looked up at the Elda. “Le hannon, hir nín,” he recited dutifully.

Elrond nodded and smiled. “You are very welcome, Estel. Practice your skill and perhaps later you shall receive a finer blade.”
Gilraen kept silent.


Aragorn’s fingers closed around the sword hilt and the blade shimmered in the light of the fire as he unsheathed it – the Flame of the West.

“May you wield it to better fortunes than your ancestors,” Elrond said, assessing the Adan with both tenderness and doubt. He had done all he could for this future King of Men, but had he done enough for the son he had been entrusted to raise?

Aragorn caught his look, understanding and remembering. “Le hannon, hir nín,” he answered. He did not need to explain that he was not only referring to the sword.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, that's beautifully done! I love the callback to the earlier scene. The reactions to both swords are so believable. :) And I can see how much meaning the words have the second time, for both Aragorn and Elrond.

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 18th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I bet little Estel must have been a handful and very eager to become a warrior, so a toy sword just wouldn't do :)
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
You chose a wonderful final line for this piece. :)
Nov. 18th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you think so, thanks for letting me know.
Nov. 18th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Lovely! The way in which you tied the two moments together was just beautiful!
Nov. 18th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The truth is that I couldn't decide whether to write about gratitude or ingratitude, so I tried to combine them both. I'm glad it worked for you.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
Oh, but definitely he has so very much to be thankful for! Excellent! Two swords from his second father, one for the child, one for the King to be!
Nov. 18th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
He does, but it took him a while to realise it. Well, who can blame him? :)
Nov. 18th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Estel is so cute and yet the first drabble has that shadow, right at the end that doesn't let it slip into fluffyness. The second drabble ties in perfectly. Lovely work. :)
Nov. 19th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I think there was always a shadow in his life, even though he might not have seen it as a child. I like to imagine that Elrond did his best to give him the happiest childhood possible under the circumstances.
Nov. 19th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I love it. These matched moments tell us everything about Aragorn. Pride, fighting spirit, duty and respect. What time and trials he has spent to earn that finer blade. I like to think of Elrond seeing him as a son.
Nov. 19th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad my little story doesn't only match Aragorn's personality in my own head :)
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Nov. 20th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
Yes, as stern as they both appear sometimes, I think they had something very close to a father-son relationship. Thank you for letting me know you liked it.
Nov. 21st, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
Great combination of the two drabbles from two very different phases. Well written.
Nov. 21st, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 31st, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
Aragorn. Such a long time since I read something about him.
A child - A man. Neatly done. Captured his story well. xx
Dec. 31st, 2014 08:55 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot and happy New Year :)
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