1. Arwen returns
On her way to the Grey Havens, Arwen is confronted by a vision of Aragorn and their son. Realizing that she cannot turn her back on this future without regretting it forever, she races home to Rivendell to face her father.
Arwen (to Elrond):
You say you wish to spare me long years of grief by sending me hence, but do you not see? The grey ships may bear my body to the undying lands, but my heart will always be here in Middle Earth, with him. I shall pine forever for the life which might have been mine…for the joy of bearing his children…for the pleasure of being his bride.
O, father, fleeing from sorrow is not the same as finding happiness.
For the love of Elessar, I will endure the doom of men. To share his life, I would endure a thousand deaths. My fate is bound to his, both in this world and beyond it. My choice is made, I will not turn back.
Elrond: (long silence)
Maybe, it has been appointed so, that by my loss the kingship of Men may be restored.
It will be even so. Through my children's children, your line will live on in Middle Earth, generations after you, yourself depart.
Yet I say to you, Arwen Undomiel, you shall not diminish your life's grace for any less cause. You shall not be the bride of a vagabond ranger. You shall not be the bride of any Man less than the King of Gondor and liege-lord of all the kindred of Numenor.
Then give him the sword of his fathers. It is time. Reforge the sword.
I will reforge the sword, but how if he will not wield it? If he should abdicate his inheritance? If he should not think your love worth so great a sacrifice? Will you not then take the ships?
Then I shall die of grief.
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