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An Honourable Leader, by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: An Honourable Leader
Rating: PG13
Theme: Honour a Warrior
Elements: Quotation: “It is so much easier to honour the leaders who are honourable,” by Gift Gugu Mona
Author's Notes: I found this a difficult theme to cover in the required word length, but I hope it is clear what I am implying about the relationship between the two characters.
Summary: Finarfin has assembled an army from the remnant of his people left in Valinor and led it to Middle-earth to help defeat the Black Foe, who has killed many of his family. On his arrival in Middle-earth, he encounters Gil-galad, his great-nephew, for the first time.
Word Count: 200


"I've come to save you",  Finarfin announced, trying to appear confident.

It had taken so many negotiations to get him to Beleriand. He had had to convince his own people. Then he had to ask the Valar for leave, and then he had to persuade the Teleri to let Noldor set foot on their ships.

When he finally arrived with his army, nobody knew the whereabouts of his daughter. The only one Finarfin had managed to locate was his great-nephew on Balar. To his bewildered eyes, Gil-galad did not look very Noldorin.

"Thank you", said Gil-galad politely, a little stunned.

***
"Well, I must be going now," said Finarfin.

They had won. It had not been as he had imagined it, despite Valarin approval: fifty years of horror, destruction and far too much death, both among those he had led here and those he had come to save.

He had tried to keep them alive, fed, and talking to each other, everyone who was meant to be on their side, fighting the same enemy. As it turned out, his great-nephew had been right to be sceptical.

But Gil-galad surprised him, embracing him suddenly on the jetty. "Thank you, Uncle," he said.


A/N: Finarfin is King of the Noldor in Valinor and Galadriel's father. The war in question is the one in which Thangorodrim fell at the end of the First Age, as mentioned by Elrond in the council scene.

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blslarner
Nov. 25th, 2017 04:55 pm (UTC)
At least Finarfin proved honorable in the end. I am glad he came to fight as he did.
hhimring
Nov. 25th, 2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
I think Finarfin was tested hard during these events and emerged with honour: he was more willing to compromise than some others of his family but was neither lacking in courage nor commitment.
Thank you for reading and commenting, Larner!
dreamflower02
Nov. 25th, 2017 05:24 pm (UTC)
I love the brevity of this actually, with the naïve confidence of Finarfin on arrival and his weariness at the end, and the simplicity and sincerity of Gil-Galad's gratitude.
hhimring
Nov. 25th, 2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, Dreamflower! That was indeed what I was trying to convey and it is very good to hear that it comes across as intended!
lindahoyland
Nov. 26th, 2017 04:35 am (UTC)
A touching meeting.
hhimring
Nov. 26th, 2017 10:45 am (UTC)
Thank you, Linda!
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