1. Series Introduction
AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION: Sons of Rohan Series
As this series is made up of several fics that, at times, will over lap I thought it best to put all notes and explanations in one place. These notes hold true for all the stories in this series only and might help to clarify a few things. Furthermore, it saves having to relist it all at the start of each story and makes a quick reference for the reader. If I have done my job correctly, each story reads as a stand-alone, but will weave a beautiful, cohesive ongoing tale if read together!
1. As stated by Aragorn in The Two Towers movie, the Dúnedain have all but vanished (pure bloods that is) I figure that although a few full blooded Men of the West are still around, marriages with the men and woman of the other cultures has created various mixed blood lines with shorter life spans. This is the case with my OC Aglaril ('The Blacksmith's Daughter')
2. The books call Gamling, 'Gamling the Old'. While I admit that he is no spring chicken, I based my vision of the character on the movie portrayal. Gamling is a man in his mid 40's—having seen much strife and being out in the elements, he is a bit more weathered than most.
3. Marshal Elfhelm is in his 40's and Grimbold is late early fifties.
4. Diversion from written canon: In order to make this work as my muses intended--and since all the men's physical appearances are based on people in the Movie--I had to adjust a few canon things. At the end of the war, Rohan is split as it is in the books (East-mark with a Marshal, Edoras under the King, and West-mark with a Marshal) and I have left Elfhelm Marshal of the East-mark and obviously Éomer king; however, I have moved Erkenbrand down to the Captain of the West-mark (leader the Éored there) and Grimbold (who I let survive the war) becomes Marshal. I hope that as the stories develop you will be able to forgive the deviance from Master Tolkien's canon.
5. A note on etiquette (scary that I even know this): In our world, a man should only kiss the hand of a married woman; otherwise, it is considered inappropriate. However, since I think it is a romantic thing, in Arda, a man may kiss whose ever hand he wants. When you get to 'The Dunedan's Daughter', you will see why.
6. In the movies, Helm's Deep looks like just a fortress with no village or daily activity. In the books, it is the seat of the West-mark and its marshal. Therefore, I envision a market/ trade stalls within the area of the outer wall (where the elves rushed the Orcs) and a few homesteads along the plain and village nearby—a bit more like Edoras.
7. Although these fics can stand alone, they do over lap and as things progress, additional chapters or short fics will pop up now and again as the muses see fit. I will try to keep things nice and orderly.
8. Erkenbrand is Eomer's age—about 28 and Ealwyn is 23. Men of Rohan interested in becoming éored begin formal training at 13 but do not see 'active' duty until 16-18 years of age. Hence, the West-mark's Second has only officially served 5 years and is about 22 years old.
9. Éored is a cavalry consisting of at least 120 rides. Each marshal has one at his immediate disposal/command as well as foot soldiers and reserves so to speak—In "The Captain's Daughter, this is what Erkenbrand takes over instead of the Marshal (Grimbold) who is up there in years.
10. My Erkenbrand is not the one from theDecipher Cards. My vision is of the man standing on the parapit of Helms deep with Theoden and Gamlin as they look out at the massive army and the rain begins to fall—really can't miss him.