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Death and Taxes (Faramir, Aragorn)

Prompts:
Economy: Taxation
Faramir: Diplomat
Write what you know: A favourite quote from a political or historical figure

Númenóreans can’t cheat death, but can they get a rebate?


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Death and Taxes

“Secondly,” the Prince of Ithilien said, as he passed the King of the West in the corridor, “it affords protection against cheaper and inferior Haradric produce.”

“Fourthly,” he added at the butts the next morning, “the money only comes back to our reconstruction work. Why tax the source?”

“Seventhly,” (murmured to both King and Queen before the speeches began at Merethrond), “the personal fortune of the House of Húrin has been much depleted over the years.”

“And, finally,” said Elessar Telcontar to his Council the next day, “we come to the levy upon oil from the olive presses of Ithilien...”

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