Aliana (aliana1) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Sword Challenge, "Pommel": "History Lesson"

Title: History Lesson
Author: Aliana
Characters/Pairing: Denethor, Ecthelion
Rating: General
Warnings: None
Book/Source: LotR
Disclaimer: Not mine; for love, not money.

History Lesson

The Steward traces a finger over the map. His voice echoes on marble.

“Osgiliath fell,” he says. “’Twas as a lost counter-weight, and Minas Anor began to sink. Unbalanced.”

The boy is not long returned from a practice bout in the armory, and though his arms ache, his eyes are keen and clear: “A hilt without a pommel, then,” he ventures.

Ecthelion raises his eyebrows, proud of the lad’s reasoning even as he rues its truth. “Yes.”

Denethor stares at the thin lines, understanding, even now, that he inherits a land that may all too easily slip from his grasp.

Tags: author: aliana, challenge: sword: pommel, character: denethor
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