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Thorongil prepares to leave Gondor after his victory at Umbar.


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Smudges of soot still marred his face, and the smell of ash and blood clung persistently to his clothes. With a weary gesture he combed through his tangled, sweaty hair, trying hard not to think too closely about some of the substances adhering to it.

He looked around the cabin, dismayed at the number of crumpled parchments lying around with their incomplete sentences and scratched-out lines.

How to explain his decision? He had to finish soon – Pelargir was near.

Once more he picked up the quill and dipped it in the inkwell.

“To the Lord Ecthelion, Steward of Gondor, greetings...“

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A/N:
- The title is a short quote from Thorongil’s letter to Ecthelion upon his departure from Gondor, to be found in LotR, Appendix A I (iv).

24.03.06 B-drabble for Obsidianj, who requested a drabble about Aragorn as either Strider or Thorongil.


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