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Letters From Faramir (G) Print

Written by Alcardilmë

28 April 2010 | 16713 words

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Author: Alcardilmë
Characters: Faramir, Boromir II, Denethor, Imrahil, Peregrin Took and others
Rating: G
Summary: Grief knows no boundaries, nor age, nor time. Letters from Faramir to Boromir – in hopes that he is still alive and will return. Angst.

Revised edition of my earlier story by the same title (2005 Semi-Finalist – Mithril Awards in the ‘Concerning Men’ category and in the ‘Drama’ category. 2008 MEFA’s – Third Place in Genres: Drama: Featuring Boromir or Faramir).


Letters From Faramir

‘Yet between the brothers there was great love, and had been since childhood, when Boromir was the helper and protector of Faramir. No jealousy or rivalry had arisen between them since, for their father’s favor or for the praise of men. It did not seem possible to Faramir that any one in Gondor could rival Boromir, heir of Denethor, Captain of the White Tower; and of like mind was Boromir.’ LOTR – Appendix A – (iv) Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

Acknowledgements

My deepest thanks belong to Fíriel Fairbairn, great-granddaughter of Fastred and Elanor. Like her mother and grandmother before her, this Hobbit lass became a maid of honor to Queen Arwen in the latter days of King Elessar’s rule.

Upon discovering Firiel’s affinity for words and research, Queen Arwen urged the young Hobbit to spend her spare time researching records found in Prince Faramir’s quarters at Minas Tirith. The import of these notes was profound. Queen Arwen released Firiel from her duties as maid and the Hobbit directed all her efforts towards the Steward’s writings.

Firiel then undertook many prolonged journeys to Henneth Annûn and Dol Amroth. While she was in Henneth Annûn, she discovered a cache of letters hidden in a secret drawer in Prince Faramir’s writing desk. She brought the letters back with her to Minas Tirith.

Firiel then turned to your humble restorer who spent a full year deciphering these letters. Unfortunately, there had been water damage to many of the pages. Blood also covered a few of the letters. Regrettably, some of the words and phrases were indistinguishable, due to said damage.

During my restoration, I discovered that Faramir’s hand was not the only one that had touched these pages. Another hand, of unknown origin, had written short little notes, as if the writer had witnessed Prince Faramir’s efforts and had taken the time in the course of events, or perhaps afterwards, to add them to the letters. After close work with the archivists from the Great Library at Minas Tirith, the letters were restored, as well as possible, and given to King Elessar.

My heartfelt thanks belong to King Elessar himself who gave this unworthy compiler sanction to copy the letters and publish them. The originals were taken, with King Elessar’s permission, to Undertowers, where they are now stored with Samwise Gamgee’s ‘The Red Book of Westmarch’ and the illustrious three-volume tome, ‘Translations from the Elvish.’

My undying thanks belong to Queen Arwen, without whose support and compassion these letters would never have been found, nor restored. Her deep love and respect for her husband’s late Steward are widely known.

Thanks must also be given to my scribe, Ingond, youngest son of Hirgon the Brave. It was at the Queen’s request that I asked the young man to be my scribe. He proved a fast learner and worthy of the role. His father, though he had been murdered in the War of the Ring before Ingond’s birth, would have been most proud of him.

Your humble Conservator,
Alcardilmë
Scribe to King Elessar Telcontar

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11 Comment(s)


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What an excellent work, Alcardilmë!
Truly I admire your style of writing and wonderful ideas! These feelings, these emotions… They are so deep, so full of hope, of love. Thank you!

— Anastasiya    10 March 2010, 18:30    #

Many thanks for your kind words, Anastasiya. I do so love writing about the brothers.

Alcardilmë    13 March 2010, 05:34    #

Wow! The emotions are so raw, they are dripping from the letters, they are dripping from my screen. Loved it! Great work! Thanks!

dream.in.a.jar    25 March 2010, 17:06    #

Gosh – most pleased that you like this. I would offer a handkerchief for your screen, if I could. Very grateful for your comments!

Alcardilmë    28 March 2010, 05:14    #

Wow. Gorgeously done. Intensely felt and expertly crafted. I love seeing the battle commander Faramir in action. Still thinking and feeling, but never wavering in his leadership and valor. Thank you.

— Vanwa Hravani    29 March 2010, 14:56    #

You have such a gift for translating emotions into words! This is surely what Faramir was thinking and feeling during those times.

I especially liked the mention of the friends lost in battle. They weren’t nameless, faceless ‘extras’ to the brothers. They were real men with lives and familes, and each would be mourned.

— trixe    29 March 2010, 23:14    #

My deepest thanks for your intense words, Vanwa Hravani! Never wavering is right. The lieutenant will indeed grow into the fine captain that we all know and love. But I cannot take credit; I only write what Faramir tells me to. :D

Alcardilmë    4 April 2010, 05:42    #

Dear trixie, it is an honor to receive such a note of encouragement from an author whom I value! As for Faramir, I can see him caring for his men. Not as chattle, but as important parts of his life. Mourning lost friends must have occurred on a daily basis… the life of a soldier of Gondor was not a safe life. Again, many thanks for your gift of comment!

Alcardilmë    4 April 2010, 05:51    #

I have just read all of the letters in one sitting, so to say. I am still crying so much that I almostfeel that my heart will tear apart. I am in a hospital and a dear friend of mine just passed away. we both have cancer, but mine is treatable, his wasn’t. I sat next to him this sunday and we spoke of all the things we would do when we got out of here. he took care of me, when I was sick from the chemo he helped me, he encourage me to stay strong and he was always there for me. When my boyfriend broke up with me because I was to sick for him to be with me he comforted me. He was like a nother big brother, one who could understand. his family visited me as much as they visited him, my own parents have never come. He died the same night and I never got to tell him how much I loved him. I feel like I am all alone now, even though some of my friends come I feel like I don’t have the strength to fight anymore. Why couldn’t I have died instead of him? Your letters has inspired me to start writing to him. I will never forget him and I wont let him be.
Tank you for this

— Ingrid    28 April 2010, 17:30    #

Ingrid – my heart goes out to you. I’m glad the Letters gave you inspiration. Writing is an incredible gift… I truly know what you decide to write will help heal. As for me, the Letters definitely helped me. Some folks say that feedback really isn’t necessary for a dedicated writer, but I put things that are a part of me into my writing. When folks respond, I feel more human. I feel connected to humanity. If that makes any sense. Thank you for your comments, but especially for your courage. Blessings!

Alcardilmë    1 May 2010, 05:23    #

I am in tears. You have managed to put into words the feelings of all who have lost a loved one. I’m certain that I won’t be the only one of your readers to write to a departed relative, friend or lover. I thank you for showing me another path to healing a long held grief. Bless you!

— Dancingkatz    8 July 2012, 05:30    #

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