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A Light from the Shadows by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: A Light from the Shadows
Rating: G
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: “Remembrance”
Author's Notes: It’s likely that the journey back to Rivendell from Gondor taken by the hobbits, Elves, and Gandalf passed through the area where the northern Dúnedain made their homes.
Summary: Even as Aragorn's new life begins in the south, the north is never far from his thoughts... or his heart.
Word Count: 300

After a few years Gilraen took leave of Elrond and returned to her own people in Eriador, and lived alone; and she seldom saw her son again, for he spent many years in far countries.

The Return of the King, Appendix A

Haliandor, highest ranking of the Dúnedain who had ridden north from Gondor with the hobbits, contemplated the two simple stones set side by side in the shade of a grove of ancient trees on the outskirts of the village. After discussing his plan with the elders, many of whom were his kin, the stones were removed and set apart, and a single, larger one was brought to replace them. He then set to work, ensuring that every meticulous stroke of his hammer and chisel was worthy of this revered ground. This commission had been given him by the King because of his gift for carving, and he would not fail. As he worked, children brought him food and drink sent by their parents, and the hobbits spent time with him, talking quietly and admiring the craft of their friend.

At last he was done, and the word spread that everyone should assemble in the grove. When the people saw the completed memorial they gave cries of gladness, and the women stepped forward to lay armfuls of flowers and fragrant boughs before it. Pippin quickly joined the King’s knights where they stood to one side; they drew their swords as one, and held them aloft. As Elrond began to sing, villagers filed past the proud new stone, each touching it gently or murmuring soft words, weeping with joy as old griefs were healed and a new Age kindled in their hearts.

Into the polished and shining monument were embedded seven clear, faceted gems that blazed in the late-afternoon sun. Below them was an inscription carved in both Westron and Elvish.

Here lie Arathorn son of Arador and Gilraen daughter of Dírhael
remembered and honored by the peoples of Middle-earth
as givers of Hope
Commissioned by King Elessar Telcontar
their loving son


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Nov. 30th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oh I love this! Haliandor did a wonderful job - I can just picture it! I wish my drawing skills were equal to the task of rendering the image I see in my head...

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
And I wish I had *any* drawing skills! Thank you, Kaylee.

I hadn't realized the stories have been posted yet. I'll enjoy an afternoon of reading!
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful!
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
This is lovely, my dear.
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Addie.
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
What a lovely tribute to Arathorn and Gilraen... I like to think they could have somehow seen that and smiled.
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
What a nice thought. I like to think that, too.
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Nov. 30th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my, what a compliment. Thank you!
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
Awww - I can picture the monument and the little ceremony so well...it is quite sad that Aragorn couldn't be there. (But I am sure that this is one of the first places he goes to when he eventually comes north again - now that would be another lovely fic, wouldn't it!)
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely idea for a little fic! I'm glad you enjoyed this.
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely lovely, Shirebound.
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.
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Nov. 30th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm glad that joy shone through. Hopefully Aragorn was watching it all through his palantir. :)
Nov. 30th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely! <3<3<3
Dec. 1st, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
Your language is truly beautiful in this!
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
That means so much. Thank you.
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
What a poignant scene to capture. Well well thought of and very touching. LIked that you included a quote from the appendices and also an OC.
Great job.
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! OC's are especially challenging for me, so I'm glad you like him. :)
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
This is just lovely, my dear!

I love to imagine that this is just the sort of thing Aragorn WOULD do to honor his parents.

"givers of Hope" How perfect!
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I was so happy to be able to contribute to this challenge. You gave me a perfect 'prompt'.
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:03 am (UTC)
What a lovely idea! Others besides Aragorn himself must have grieved that his parents hadn't lived to see it and I'm sure this ceremony was a comfort to them.
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I love tying up loose ends, and this idea jumped out at me. I'm so pleased you like this.
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:14 am (UTC)
Oh, indeed, these two givers of Hope would be remembered with much love and honor by his son and their people. A perfect memorial for the two of them!
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful. Once Aragorn has been revealed as King, it's lovely to think that his parents' grave could emerge from secrecy as well and be fully honored. I like the image of Haliandor working on it and the children bringing him food -- it makes it easy to imagine the scene.
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. "...his parents' grave could emerge from secrecy"... That's exactly what I hoped to convey.
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