Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Career path challenge: Richman - 'Man of Many Parts: 'One, Or The Other' - Kortirion

Title: One, Or The Other
Author: Kortirion
Character: Halbarad and Aragorn
Rating: G
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: All is Tolkien’s.

The carter shook the reins, even in summer’s twilight it wasn’t always safe to be abroad late. Topping the hill, he came upon two men; one examining his mount’s hoof. The carter was a good judge of horse-flesh, ‘...fine stock, expensive... moneyed men’. He’d slowed, before realising regretfully they were Rangers ‘...queer, difficult folk’.

“Evening, Masters... problem?”

One looked up, “He needs a shoe.”

“Smith’s at Bree. Bit out my way..."

“Would a silver penny help?”


“What? Your choice, Aragorn, buy a soft bed, or a long walk!”

The carter grunted ‘...not a richman then ...just two raggedy-arsed rangers!'
Tags: author: kortirion, challenge: career path: rich man, character: aragorn, character: halbarad
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