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7. The Dark Lord

Prompt: Belegost - overcoming prejudice

From the first, Anardil had disapproved. Having lost both Chieftain and Heir, they'd no need of trials, he told Malveleg.

Malveleg, who'd been, since his brother's death, a harried man, snapped: "I know!"

"Then stop her!"

"I am stopping her. My niece is yours, Blademaster. Do your duty and save us all!"


He'd tried – truly. But Arleth hadn't been idle since girlhood lessons. Bow and long dagger she used already. What was swordplay to her?

"More Rangers, hopefully," she answered.

"One, anyway," Anardil sighed. "How shall we call her?"

"'Him.'" She smiled crookedly. "You'll call him 'Aravorn.'"

Author's notes: Aravorn is one of the Chieftains of the Northern Dúnedain in Appendix A. That, and the debate over his name's meaning, is all we have about him.

One of the proposed meanings of Aravorn, however, is "Aran + morn"= "Dark King." I've always been partial to the idea that darkness here refers to disguise. So then the question is: What's he hiding?

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: Dwimordene

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 06/09/11

Original Post: 06/09/11

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