Characters: unnamed Ithilien family, King Elessar
Book/Source: LoTR post RoTK
Disclaimer: Not my king, Tolkien's king, but my Ithiliens.
Note: For the Bounty challenge.
For long years they had eked out a living in the shadow of Mordor, waging their own small battle, a corner of resistance bred of Ithilien’s fighting spirit.
With victory gained and a king again for Gondor, news spread of a royal visit – but how to greet such a man when they had nothing to offer except their poverty?
He came as a humble ranger, praised their bread and stew and wine as if it were a bounteous feast. He gave thanks for all they had given him, and they found no cause to doubt his word, nor he their loyalty.