Pride and Despair

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"'Pride and despair! Didst thou think that the eyes of the White Tower were blind? Nay, I have seen more than thou knowest, Grey Fool. [...]All the East is moving. And even now the wind of thy hope cheats thee and wafts up Anduin a fleet with black sails. The West has failed. It is time for all to depart who would not be slaves.'" ["The Pyre of Denethor", The Return of the King]

So said Denethor shortly before he killed himself in the Battle for Minas Tirith. Even at the very end, he did not simply submit to Mordor but took the only other action he thought he could. Here is a look at his last moments, as Denethor thinks back on the memories and relationships that have defined him. A rather book-based look at a most enigmatic steward.

[While this story does not contain objectionable material, it does deal with mature themes relating to death and destruction that younger readers may find disconcerting. Please use discretion when deciding whether or not to read this piece.]
 

 

Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Pride and Despair 5,299 0 17 Feb 13
2 Author's Notes 1,201 0 17 Feb 13
3 Trailer 457 0 17 Feb 13
Appx. Word Count 6,957 0  
 

 

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Story Information

Author: Marta

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/04

Original Post: 09/13/04

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Steward's Sons, The - 6 stories - Owner: Steward's Family, The
Stories focusing on Boromir and Faramir as youths, and their relationship with their father Denethor.)
Included because: Set as flashbacks during the Pyre sequence, I've tried to explore the relationship of Denethor with Faramir, Boromir, and Imrahil; three scenes hinted at in book-canon.

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