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15
Time in the Ditch

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


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"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.

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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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