Characters: Firiel, Eldarion.
For the Transactions Challenge; Sell.
Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
Following on directly from the drabble I posted last week, 'A Lesson in Horticulture'
“Why?” asked Eldarion. “Why is it important for a prince to be able to do sums?”
“Because,” answered Firiel, “you may need to know how many soldiers you have still in Gondor if you send some to fight in Far Harad, or,” warming to her subject, “merchants from Umbar might try to cheat, and give you too little change, if you bought jewels from them for your naneth.”
“They could probably sell Uncle Legolas all sorts of things for the wrong price,” Eldarion said, “as he is not very good at sums. He has to keep asking me to help…”