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Exultation - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Exultation
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: a true drabble
Author's Notes: For JustAnnNow for her birthday.
Summary: Halbarad knows one final moment of sheer joy in spite of his situation.
Word Count: 100


Exultation


Halbarad felt the impossible pain as the Southron’s spear pierced his heart. He glanced up just in time to see the look of surprise on his foe’s face as the Man’s head parted company abruptly from its body.

Then the pain fled; he stood inexplicably above the battle, looking down as someone caught up Aragorn’s standard before it could touch the ground. A thrill of joy ran through him. It is done! He shall be the King he was ever meant to be! The sacrifice has been well worth it!

His spirit singing its thanks, he joyfully left this world.

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kayleelupin
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
O Larner, how beautiful and how sad! But joyful at the same time...does that even make any sense?? I do love this!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes, I think it does make sense. I doubt that Halbarad had many regrets for the life he offered up upon the Pelennor to see his kinsman made King of the Reunited Realms. Thank you so, Kaylee!
shirebound
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
A thrill of joy ran through him. It is done!

Oh Halbarad, what a noble man and shining spirit! This is beautiful.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you appreciated this, Shirebound! Thank you so! Halbarad was special in his own right.
periantari
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh wow! What a bittersweet moment ! I didn't imagine halbarad would see aragorns standard raised at that moment but it is a comforting thought ere he died. Good job!
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
I doubt any would wish to see Aragorn's standard fall to the earth, and that Halbarad would be glad to know it went from his own hand to another without being trampled underfoot. And he would see it as the right thing that Aragorn would go on to triumph that day, and the Winged Crown and the Sceptre of Annuminas in their turn. Thank you so, Periantari!
karri_kln1671
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I think it's a fitting end for Halbarad. He lived well, died well, and still got to see King come into his own.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
As Aragorn and Halbarad are described as being devoted to one another, I am certain Halbarad would rejoice to think that at last his kinsman had reached his destiny. Thank you so!
chaotic_binky
Nov. 18th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
I like the juxtaposition of death and joy. Lovely drabble :)
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Tolkien indicated that the truest sons of Numenor held no fear of death, and knew when it was time to give over their lives in trust and peace. We know that Aragorn returned to that state of grace. Wouldn't Halbarad have been likely to do much the same, don't you think?

Thanks so much, Chaotic Binky!
kgreen20
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
A bittersweet scene, since Halbarad died, but I am so glad that his spirit got to see Aragorn's standard safely protected before he departed this world for the next.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
He expressed before entering the Paths of the Dead that he believed he now actively traveled to his own death. I suspect that Halbarad would now rejoice indeed to see others taking up the Standard and standing by his beloved kinsman's side as he had all their adult lives.

Thank you so, Kathy!
pizzamargherita
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
A befitting last moment for this upright man, mighty warrior and loyal friend. It's heartbreaking and comforting at the same time.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
A final moment in this life, and a blessed beginning to the next one, I'd think. I am honored you find it comforting as well as heartbreaking!
curiouswombat
Nov. 18th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
How beautifully you capture this moment and make it joyous.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so, CW. Halbarad apparently foresaw he would not survive the coming battles as they entered the Paths of the Dead, but he went ahead in faith. How glad he must have been that Aragorn survived and Gondor and Arnor would once again be reunited and peace established, even if it was at the cost of his own life here.
talullahred
Nov. 18th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
I also enjoyed this one. I found it interesting that in such different cases you found a common thread, that death can be welcome with gratitude.
blslarner
Nov. 19th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
Well, death is the natural end to our physical lives, and both Frodo and Sam on one hand and Halbarad on the other have reason to be glad that they've lived and are now ready to move on. One of the blessings of the Dunedain was, after all, their ability to know the proper moment to go on, and Tolkien indicated that on Tol Eressea Frodo would know a similar blessing. Certainly Halbarad, as Aragorn's kinsman and the bearer of his standard, would undoubtedly welcome knowing he'd done all he could to see Aragorn raised to the Crown, and he had foreseen he'd not live through the battles ahead. I suspect he knew he was headed for a far better place now.
aliensouldream
Nov. 19th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Speaks to the nobleness of the Elves as they were once. His bond with Aragorn must have been strong, either of duty and respect or friendship in younger times.
blslarner
Nov. 19th, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
We are told that Halbarad was a close kinsman to Aragorn, and that Aragorn felt toward him as if he were a brother. His death must have been a terrible loss to the northern Dunedain who'd come as part of the Grey Company to follow their Lord Chieftain in the final battles of the War of the Rings, and it must have been particularly difficult for Aragorn himself, with whom he must have been a close companion once he returned to the Dunedain when he came of age and took up his father's duties. And who better to know the blessing of knowing his death is come at the right time than Halbarad? He was also descended from Elros, Elrond's beloved brother and founder of the kingdom of Numenor.
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