Character: Théodred and his young cousin.
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s time, place and characters… Kortirion’s just re-arranged things slightly.
Notes: for just_ann_now, who nuzgulled me... haven't quite got there but here's the approach. ;)
Théodred watched the young boys' sword-training, each weighed down by heavily padded jackets, steel helmets and mail. Today they started using real swords, not sharp, but capable of delivering a hefty bruise. Éomer was at the front as usual, eager to begin. Beyond the practise-area a gaggle of young girls giggled... making the older boys preen – Éomer among them! Théodred chuckled softly.
He noticed a small lad at the back, swinging two-handed at his opponent – fiercely determined even when floored. Later, Théodred paused, speaking confidentially.
“Well done. Next time wear boots - your feet are too small for a boy’s!”