Victory and Loss: 1. Victory and Loss

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1. Victory and Loss

Thorongil kicked the stone.

'If I stay,' he thought, 'I will continue to damage Denethor's place in Gondor. Ecthelion is foolish when it comes to his son. Denethor tries, does everything he can to obey him, and yet he turns to me for council. I will never earn Denethor's trust. And trust me he must, for he will be my Steward if things come to pass as Elrond sees them.' He sighed.

'My heart is happy here. I love his son. I love him. And Finduilas and Indis could not be more courteous. If I leave now, if I do not return to Minas Tirith, perhaps Ecthelion will turn to Denethor and use him. This parting would be most painful. I love Minas Tirith, her people. Would I be abandoning them? Nay, it is more important that I not abandon Denethor. The longer I stay in Gondor, the deeper grows Ecthelion's attachment to me, the deeper grows the rift between Denethor and myself. I cannot let this continue. How will I tell them? Nay, there is nothing to say. I will leave a note and go. Bitter is this time.'

He kicked another stone. 'This is not what I planned.'


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Agape4Gondor

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/17/06

Original Post: 12/17/06

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