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Author: ignoblebard
Title: As a Father
Genre: Gen, Double Drabble
Prompt: Reminisce

Written for the November Challenge: Nostalgia

As the evening shadows deepened, Merry turned to the cheery warmth of his fire. He lit a pipe and shuffled through the latest pages of his book Old Words and Names of the Shire. Perusing his notations on the similarities between the Rohan and Shire languages, he began to reminisce about his brief days as a king’s squire - before the great battle, before he rode with sturdy Dernhelm who, before his dimming eyes upon the Pelennor, transformed into a shield maiden of Rohan. Before the grief of war laid its stern hand upon him, changing him forever.

He saw Théoden, old but hale in bearing, speaking so graciously to a little hobbit who was naught but baggage on the road to Edoras. Merry smiled to remember how bold he had been, drawing his sword and offering his service to the Rohan king, who accepted him gladly. Even now his heart swelled with love and pride to recall the king’s blessing as he knelt before him.

“You shall be as a father to me,” he had said.

“For a time,” Théoden answered.

Not for a time, Théoden King, Merry thought, a tear rolling down his cheek, not only for a time.


Dec. 1st, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
Ah, Merry! So fiercely loyal to those he loves--even if they are long gone.

Yes, I can truly see Merry feeling like this, especially as he was occupied with a task that he may have felt was inspired by his old friend and King.
Dec. 1st, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dreamflower. I thought Merry writing the book was probably, at least in part, a tribute to Theoden and Rohan. The similarity of the languages probably made Merry feel even more kinship with the Rohirrim. I'm glad you like this one and that you thought felt true to the character.


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