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Ten Thousand Years Will Not Suffice  by Agape4Gondor

NOTES: TA 3018: Parts Three and Four

A/N – Since there are so many pieces/parts to TA ‘3018’ – the footnotes are quite long. They are listed below as they appeared in the story above, TA 3018: Part Three and Four. Please see Copious Notes for Part One and Two at the chapter’s page.

A/N – 1) “But it was at the coming of the Halfling that Isildur’s Bane should waken, or so one must read the words,” he insisted. “If then you are the Halfling that was named, doubtless you brought this thing, whatever it may be, to the Council of which you speak, and there Boromir saw it. Do you deny it?’ Frodo made no answer. “So!” said Faramir. “I wish then to learn from you more of it; for what concerns Boromir concerns me. An Orc-arrow slew Isildur, so far as old tales tell. But orc-arrows are plenty, and the sight of one would not be taken as a sign of Doom by Boromir of Gondor. Had you this thing in keeping? It is hidden, you say; but is not that because you choose to hide it?”  TTT: Book IV: Ch.5: The Window On The West. 

2) Faramir calls Galadriel the ‘Mistress of Magic’ in TTT: Book 4: Ch. 5: The Window on the West.

3) FotR: Book 2: Ch. 1: The Council of Elrond – “In that dream I thought the eastern sky grew dark and there was a growing thunder, but in the West a pale light lingered, and out of it I heard a voice, remote but clear, crying:

Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur's Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.

Of these words we could understand little, and we spoke to our father, Denethor, Lord of Minas Tirith, wise in the lore of Gondor. This only would he say, that Imladris was of old the name among the Elves of a far northern dale, where Elrond the Halfelven dwelt, greatest of lore-masters. Therefore my brother, seeing how desperate was our need, was eager to heed the dream and seek for Imladris; but since the way was full of doubt and danger, I took the journey upon myself. Loth was my father to give me leave, and long have I wandered by roads forgotten, seeking the house of Elrond, of which many had heard, but few knew where it lay.”

4) “Thus though no ‘halfling,’ so far as is known, had ever actually appeared in Gondor before Peregrin Took, the existence of this people within the kingdom of Arthedain was known in Gondor, and they were given the name Halfling, or in Sindarin perian. As soon as Frodo was brought to Boromir's notice [at the Council of Elrond]  he recognised him as a member of this race. He had probably until then regarded them as creatures of what we should call fairy-tales or folklore. It seems plain from Pippin's reception in Gondor that in fact ‘halflings’ were remembered there.” Unfinished Tales:

Appendix: Númenórean Linear Measures

A/N - I wasn’t going to go with anyone else having the dream, but the Muse thought it most appropriate. In HoMe VII, it even states that Denethor had it. I couldn’t quite go that far!!! “A dream came many months ago to the Lord of Minas Tirith in the midst of a troubled sleep; and afterward a like dream came to many others in the City, and even to me. Always in this dream there was the noise of running water upon one hand, and of a blowing fire upon the other; and in the midst was heard a voice, saying: Seek for the Sword that was broken:” HoMe: VII: Verse VI: The Council of Elrond.

A/N – on why Boromir was sent. Besides the fact that many believe Boromir ‘forced’ Denethor to send him, there is nothing that substantiates that in the books. I have never found, either in any of the Tolkien books, nor in fanfiction, a ‘binding’ reason why Denethor sent Boromir. So, the Muse expounded this theory – that Denethor ‘saw’ his son dead on the Anduin, and – to protect him from such an end – sent him as far from the Anduin as possible. Poor man – didn’t work! If you have quibbles over this – I swear it is not NOT canon… however, there is nothing mentioned of such an event that would make it NON-canon.

Characters besides the usual (so far):
Aerin – wife to Beregond and mother of Bergil
Avranc – Council member
Beldis – Hurin’s wife
Belegorn – aide to Denethor
Beregond – aide to Boromir
Brodda – Council member
Celebrin – Boromir’s horse at Osgiliath
Elatan – engineer
Galdor – Captain of Amon Din
Grimbold – Théodred’s Marshal
Gwinhir – Captain of Pelargir
Hador – Captain of Cair Andros
Hundor – Council member
Isilmo – acting Captain of Osgiliath
Mardil – Captain of Amon Anwar
Meneldil - engineer
Oromendil† – Captain of Osgiliath
Ragorn – member of Denethor’s personal guard
Tarcil – Lord of Lebennin

FROM 3017 (and still around)

Amlach – Henneth-Annûn Captain
Amlaith – Denethor's third aide in three years
Argon – Master Warden of the Houses of Healing
Baranor – Aide to Captain Guilin at Amon Dîn; father to Beregond; Recalled to
Minas Tirith and made tutor for esquires.
Belegorn – Lieutenant under Mardil at Amon Anwar; recalled to Minas Tirith as
Denethor's aide.
Beregond – Guard at the Causeway Forts; promoted to Captain of Amon Dîn; demoted
and made Boromir's aide.
Damrod – Ranger from Henneth-Annûn
Derufin – Of Blackroot Vale - Aide to Boromir
Dirhavel – Healer - Osgiliath





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