Characters: Mothers of the Edain of Dor-lomin in the First Age; mothers of the Dunedain of Arnor in the Third Age
Book/Source: Silmarillion; Lord of the Rings
Warnings: references to canonical oppression and dangers
Disclaimer: Tolkien set these up and I fell for them
A/N: In the First Age as in the Third Age, mothers passing on the basics to their children.
Once upon a time, we had a king. Once upon a time, we had a lord. Once upon a time, we served only the king and the lord we had chosen to serve.
Hide Grandfather's sword in the bedstraw but do not let the blade get blunt, for know this: one day, we shall be free again.
Once upon a time we had a city and a kingdom. Once upon a time we had a king.
Do not speak our chief's name to any on the road. Wear a plain cloak, but know this: we shall have a king again.