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Day of the Dove - Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland
Title: Day of the Dove
Rating: G
Theme: Birds
Elements: Dove
Beta: Raksha
Author's Notes: none
Summary: Imrahil muses on how times have changed
Word Count: 200



“Your father, Eldarion, is the greatest warrior Gondor has seen in this age,” Imrahil remarked thoughtfully. The Prince of Dol Amroth and the child were watching Aragorn lead his troops in a victory procession through the City streets after a battle against renegade Easterlings. “Thorongil, he called himself, and never was an eagle more fierce. Now, even mighty Thorongil’s valour is surpassed by King Elessar’s.”

Eldarion glowed with pride. He tried to cheer louder than anyone else as his father rode by on his mighty warhorse.

That evening Imrahil went to take leave of the King and Queen. He found Aragorn telling his son a bedtime story, while cradling his infant daughter in his arms. Beside him sat his Queen. The King’s eyes often met hers and he smiled at her tenderly.

Had the fierce eagle now become a nesting dove? The Prince mused. Thorongil had always been more than a soldier, with his knowledge of lore and healing, but it was as a warrior he had won renown and how Imrahil remembered him. How times have changed for the better!” Imrahil smiled contentedly. These were the days of the King when the doves could build their nests in peace.

Comments

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nautika3
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Very nice! We dont see nearly enough of Imrahil, and I dont think I've ever seen him with Eldarion.
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you, I've not written much about Imrahil and am glad you enjoyed this.
shirebound
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story, so full of hope and contentment.
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you liked this.
blslarner
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, Linda! Yes, so appropriate! Hooray!
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm pleased you found this appropriate!
clodia_metelli
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I very much like this! Great to see Imrahil as a fond, uh, avuncular relative. Shame on me, I forget the exact relationship, but he strikes me as some sort of genial uncle here. And it is adorable! Wonderful to see a family at peace. Thank you!
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you. Imrahil was Faramir's uncle, so I'm sure he could have been an uncle figure to Aragorn's children too.I'm pleased you liked this so much.
dreamflower02
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
I like the use of Imrahil's POV here. There are probably few others as well-suited to see both sides of the King as the Prince of Dol Amroth, who would have known him as a fierce warrior-- and now gets to see his softer side with his family!
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm pleased you shared my theory that Imrahil would know these two sides of Aragorn.
someplacetobe
Jan. 26th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
Oh wow. This was just a wonderful read.
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so glad you liked this!
someplacetobe
Jan. 31st, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
It was a lovely way to see two different sides of Aragorn that would very much have existed. You also made a character I had forgotten existed live. Awesomely done.

Thank you for sharing this!
lindahoyland
Feb. 1st, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm thrilled my drabble had this effect on you!

It is nice to meet you!
someplacetobe
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
I'm thrilled my drabble had this effect on you!
It was such a lovely drabble! I wish I'd been able to make these comments about what I liked about it when I first read the drabble!

It is nice to meet you!
It's nice to meet you as well! I look forward to reading more of your stories.
lindahoyland
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
I often cannot put into works what I liked about a story until later!

I often post stories on my own LJ and I hope to post a new one here in this community for the next challenge.I hope you'll like it.
someplacetobe
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I often cannot put into works what I liked about a story until later!
I usually can put my thoughts into words at the time but the imagery in this story was, for me, quite strong and that ordinarily doesn't happen! So, I was thrilled I couldn't put my thuoghts into words straightaway - nothing broke the spell woven for me by your words, the imagery in the story.

I often post stories on my own LJ and I hope to post a new one here in this community for the next challenge.I hope you'll like it.
I'll have to check out your LJ and I look forward to seeing the story for the next challenge!
labourslamp
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
You do a marvelous job of packing your shorter tales with meaning, Linda, and this one is no exception! Nice use of the birds, and of Imrahil.
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my use of the prompt.
mrowe
Jan. 31st, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Imrahil is well-suited to make this comparison - well done.
lindahoyland
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you. Imrahil would certainly know both sides of Aragorn.
wendwriter
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
I love your Imrahil. He is very much a part of the family as well as being a courtier. :D
lindahoyland
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you. I feel as a long time friend of Aragorn's and Faramir's Uncle, he would certainly know Aragorn well.
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