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Time in the Ditch

Another pre-Ring War Aragorn request, this time from Gwynnyd.


"There are no rooms here," the innkeep had said, and closed the door. And so Aragorn had departed, and found a place beyond the walls, beneath a little rise. And as he lay on his back, gazing tiredly up at the sky, he thought of a long ago evening.

"Weary of ditches?" Gandalf had replied to a young man's querulous question. "Yes, of course. But they have their advantages."

Aragorn smiled to himself. Through years and far lands, he had sought them, and finally discovered one: Time in the ditch was dark, but at least the stars shone clearest there.


Titular phrase ripped off from John McCumber's book, "Time in the Ditch". He ripped it off from the story of Thales. So I don't feel quite so terrible.


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