The Dryad: 1. The Dryad

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1. The Dryad

Her home was the land once called the Garden of Gondor: abundant, beautiful Ithilien.

When the Shadow slowly crept into woods and meadows, despoiling trees and streams, she held on. Clinging like the roots of the most tenacious shrubs, defying the taint by encouraging her land to bring forth colour and scent and fruit.

Protecting the Guardians in producing thickets for hiding, foliage for camouflage, rocks for shelter.

The first time she saw him walking into the woods of Ithilien, she knew him for what he was: a champion to cherish and safeguard the land with endurance, courage and faith.


- "Ithilien, the garden of Gondor now desolate kept still a dishevelled dryad loveliness." (RotK, Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit) – Having an actual dryad appear in Middle-earth is presumably AU, but Tolkien's choice of words for this description of Ithilien has always intrigued me.
- In the Prologue of FotR, the Northern Rangers are called "Guardians". I'd like to think that their Southern counterparts fulfilled a similar role.
- "A new character has come on the scene (I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien): Faramir, the brother of Boromir..." (Letters, #66)

07.05.07 Contribution to the HA-Onlist Challenge: Faramir Creation Day.

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: Imhiriel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/27/11

Original Post: 06/26/10

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