Characters: King Elessar
Source: Post Ring War
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Notes: Please indulge me the extra words on this occasion – a 100 wouldn’t cut it!
Gandalf insisted on it. He would not be gainsaid... so the dwarves grumbled and consulted darkly - as was their wont - and came up with a solution for the design. They carved it in doorposts, onto key-stones, on the great arches curving across the newly refurbished Minas Tirith – a circle formed by a bird’s raised wings amongst wreathing flames.
Some thought it in poor taste, when remembering the last Steward’s unfortunate demise... but soon the tale of its true meaning spread. A rare bird, of far-off Khand perhaps, that burst into flame and was destroyed, only to revive from the ashes, stronger than before.
King Elessar had one cast in gold, inlaid with mithril, finely etched and pierced so that the flames shimmered with rubies and each feather could be discerned above a frosted ash of tiny diamonds... He had it hung from a chain of office that’s chased plaques bore the symbols of Gondor.
His Steward was reluctant to take it.
“I do not deserve this...”
“You do – like the city, you fell, but rose again. Consider our journey together, what we shared on our flight. There can only be one King, but you are my Phoenix... Boromir.”