6. The Queen Speaks
"Today the Queen will address the Council," Aragorn announced. "I intend that she be part of this assembly and help me to govern Gondor wisely and well."
Gondor's titled lords stared at their King open mouthed. A woman was to address them and share their authority. It was unheard of!
Arwen began to speak with the full weight of her majesty and experience. Gradually the listeners stopped shuffling in their seats and their hostile expressions changed.
When her last words died away, the whole Council rose in a standing ovation. Arwen had shown herself more than equal to any man.
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