Characters: Firiel, Eldarion.
For the Transactions Challenge; Lend.
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.
A linked pair of drabbles as Firiel considers how History is written by the victors - and Eldarions' thoughts are slightly more practical. And we meet, again, The Players who featured in the Shakespearean challenges last year.
Historical events, Firiel decided, could not be changed; but the telling of them could.
She had learnt Isildur ‘relinquished his throne’ to Meneldil – therefore Arvedui had no rightful claim.
But… Arvedui’s descendant was now Gondor’s King, and so the telling of Meneldil’s kingship need be a little different.
Meneldil, she now understood, had chosen to keep the crown, without acknowledging his rightful overlord, when in effect it had only been on loan. However, in his defence, he had been both angered and upset by Isildur’s untimely death.
It made her wonder what tales future teachers might tell of King Eldarion.
The Tragedy of Isildur
This business of making sure that people knew their history, retold, could be quite entertaining, Firiel thought.
Yesterday The Players had performed the tale of Gondor hearing of Isildur’s death; a death which left Meneldil on his borrowed throne. A death related to him choosing to keep The Ring – Isildur portrayed as ‘The Tempted Hero Unable to Resist’.
“Friends, Gondorians, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Isildur not to praise him…” the actor had intoned.
“But why?” Eldarion had asked her, in a too-loud whisper. “Why did he need their ears? Wouldn’t a spade have been easier?”
If the history bit is all a bit gobbledegook to you - the Encyclopaedia of Arda has a brief explanation here.