Character: Aragorn, soldier of fortune, King Thengel of the Mark
Source: Tale of Aragorn and Arwen
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s Middle-earth
It was not a good victory. Yes, the orc-band was destroyed, but far too many brave rohirrim died also. It took time to set the carcases aflame. Aragorn’s limbs trembled with fatigue by the time they carefully tied the dead across their horses.
Meduseld was bright with torches; now washed, but hollow-eyed, Aragorn soon realised the horsemen drank to be in their cups, ale-jugs circulated, rowdy toasts were shouted in each Fallen’s name.
“Do you not hold them in reverence?” Aragorn whispered.
Thengel-King spoke quietly.
“We drink them away with good beer, Arda’s bounty – how else should we remember them?”