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Tales from Gondor (R) Print

Written by Minx

23 September 2012 | 36179 words

Title: Feather and Fur
Author: Minx
Pairing: Aragorn / Faramir
Rating: PG
Warnings: Slash, fluff
Disclaimer: All characters and places are Tolkien’s.
Author’s Notes: Written for the ‘Birthday’ prompt for the 25fluffyfics community.
Many thanks toiris for her help!
Summary: Faramir’s birthday…


Aragorn pursed his lips worriedly. He’d looked all over the citadel for Faramir and had been unable to find him. The younger man had not joined in at lunch. It was nearing evening now. He stopped at the entrance to a small sunken, overgrown garden

Faramir sat on a broken down stone wall, staring ahead dully. He walked quietly up to him. The younger man glanced sideways at him and bit his lip.

“We missed you at lunch,” Aragorn said quietly and sat on the wall next to him.

“Forgive me,” Faramir murmured, “I forgot to send a message.”

“Will you tell me what ails you?” Aragorn asked him quietly.

Faramir started at that and began to shake his head.

“Faramir…”

The younger man sighed and showed the king the item he held in his hands. It was wrapped in thick cloth. He opened it to display an extremely beautiful set of quills.

“These look quite perfect,” he said.

“They are. They’re made by a family in a small village in Lebennin. It takes them months to prepare these quills. They have a special recipe for curing them, that makes them last longer. I received them today.”

Aragorn waited.

“They were ordered months ago,” Faramir sighed, “By father. For me.”

Aragorn placed a hand on his shoulder gently.

Faramir continued tiredly, “He wasn’t one for gifts or celebrations but we tried… Boromir and I, and he would join sometimes…” he broke off uncertainly, and looked away.

“He knew I liked these,” he said softly, his voice strained.

Aragorn moved closer to him.

“He was a good man,” Faramir mumbled.

“Aye. He was most keen witted, and decisive.”

“Perhaps not the best of fathers. But… that is not an uncommon failing in difficult times, is it?”

“No, perhaps not,” Aragorn said heavily, thinking back to the many Northern rangers who spent their lives wandering through the land, leaving their sons to be risen by the womenfolk.

He sat on the wall next to Faramir.

“I miss them,” the words came out very quietly.

Aragorn held him close.


“Whatever is Faramir doing?” Gandalf grumbled, as Aragorn joined him in the terrace overlooking the citadel gardens, “Why did you have to give him a puppy? Couldn’t you just give him a new horse or a new bow or quills or something useful? Books, perhaps!”

“He’s teaching his dog to fetch. And I did give him books as well. Éomer sent him a new horse last winter, Elrohir gave him a new bow he made himself, and he has a new set of quills.” Aragorn said calmly, watching the usually composed Faramir run into a bush in the gardens below, followed by Pippin and then Merry. The leader of their antics, a small white and brown puppy, dashed around the bush, wagging its tail furiously, letting out a series of very loud yaps.

“Most people would have bought a good, well-behaved, well-trained hunting hound!” Gandalf said again, as the hobbits added to the clamour.

“He liked this one,” Aragorn said, shrugging, “His name is Huan.”

“The dog’s I meant,” he added in helpfully.

Gandalf snorted, “I can’t imagine what you were thinking!” he said grumpily as a chorus of squeals and laughter drifted up. “That infernal animal makes Faramir act half his age! Or maybe even half Pippin’s age!”

A series of muffled squeals sounded out from below. And then a small red ball flew all the way up from the gardens, past Gandalf and Aragorn, hitting one of the pillars in the terrace. A rush of giggles sounded out below.

Gandalf scowled as he picked up the pipe he had dropped. And then he rose, “I’m going to have a word with Faramir. That’s enough fooling around from him.”

“I thought,” Aragorn said very slowly, picking up the ball, “Faramir would have received enough bows and swords and horses each year. I thought on this birthday, he needed something that did not demand he live up to another’s ideal of how he should be. And I thought he of all people need not be asked to act his age.”

Gandalf tapped at his pipe slowly, sighed and sat down. Aragorn tossed the ball down towards the bush Merry had disappeared into.

“Oh, and that I like it greatly when he smiles.”

Gandalf snorted again, but he was smiling as he took a puff at his pipe. A fresh set of happy yells sounded out below.

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This comment was originally posted for one of the individual chapters.

happy sigh

I love this….the gentle way Aragorn cares about Faramir. A beautiful story!

And thanks to rss-feed…I finally won’t miss any update :)

— bijou    3 July 2006, 17:07    #

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Thank you:) Faramir’s such a sweetie he really needs all that TLC:)

The feeds are very useful!:)

Minx    4 July 2006, 02:50    #

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love it!
is that story after “Walk no more in the shadows”?
how that one will end?
more of that! great story :)

— nesssachiel    12 July 2006, 15:36    #

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Wonderful, just wonderful! The kind of thing to illuminate a dark hour! This is one exquisite piece of writing, slash or non-slash.

Kissa    2 August 2006, 20:58    #

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Thank you Kissa! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading this so much

Minx    3 August 2006, 01:55    #

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Okay, snerk. Snerk I say. And not just because I’m an artist either.

— Bell Witch    21 August 2006, 03:55    #

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Aaaaaaaaaaawwwwwww…
I can totally relate to Aragorn wanting to draw his lover in the morning! I did it more than once, too bad I didn’t have a Faramir to draw…pff.
Very well written, the mood it creates is all warm and squishy and “Aww”-y, and… another great work by you, what can I say? Thank you, and may I have some more soon? *puppy eyes*

Kissa    21 August 2006, 18:38    #

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:)) Thank you! You should draw Faramir…there just isn’t enough fara art around:(

Minx    22 August 2006, 03:13    #

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Ahhh…but you can still draw Faramir:)

I’m glad to hear it comes out as warm and fluffy as intended:) thank you!

I hope to have ready soon.

Minx    22 August 2006, 03:23    #

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I read both of your stories and I just had to comment even though I’m a bit shy to do it. I’ve read all of your stories and I love the tenderness in them. In your stories Faramir is so shy and innocent and
Aragorn so tender and loving. It makes me feel good.

You make your characters very alive and their relationship as well. Please write more!

— Ellie    27 August 2006, 20:48    #

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wow, it’s so beautifully written, all characters were adorable——including that little pup. i really enjoyed reading it, thank you.

— traveller    28 August 2006, 01:30    #

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Thank you! I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed reading this.

Minx    28 August 2006, 02:46    #

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Hi Ellie! Thank you for commenting on this story. It’s always a little hard the first time:) but it means a lot to me that you did. I’m really delighted to hear you liked and all the other stories.

I sure hope to write more:)

Thank you again!

Minx    28 August 2006, 02:46    #

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nice :)

— NessSachiel    29 August 2006, 03:54    #

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will there by more of that pup? Please? pleeaaaase? :P

— NessSachiel    29 August 2006, 04:01    #

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Minx~I just wanted to say that I’ve read just about every one of your Faramir/Aragorn stories and loved them all (Especially “The King and Ranger” because it was wonderfully long and had the right amount of plot, conflict, and, um slash). Other than the fact that you’ve had a lot of practice, you somehow have a way of writing the pair that seems right. Aragorn (other than Eowyn, of course) is the only person I can really see Faramir with—they complete each other. (however wierd that sounds) Some authors who try to write the pairing often make Faramir too self-conscience and have no self esteem whatsoever, and for the most part you’ve avoided doing this. And about this story, I found it very sweet and feel that it has stand alone power and can be taken as slashy or not. Since the title is “Prelude,” are you planning on continuing the story into a series? It doesn’t hurt to ask. Anyway, I hope that in my jumbled review you got the point that I like your stories and want you to keep writing them.!

— Chantal    30 August 2006, 13:42    #

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The pup comes again in Mathoms on this site:)

Minx    31 August 2006, 02:44    #

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Thank you Ness!

Minx    31 August 2006, 02:48    #

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Hi Chantal, thank you for such lovely words:) I’m quite fond of The King and the ranger too:)

I’m glad you liked Prelude. It is a sort of starting fic for all the fics I’m writing for the fluffyfics challenge so yes, there will be more:)

Minx    31 August 2006, 02:49    #

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um, what a lovely dancing lesson, and the ending is quite amusing. thank you.

— traveller    9 March 2007, 13:53    #

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awwwwww, it’s cute. I like fluffly Aragorn/Faramir fics. It fits them. and I like the drawing idea…

— kat    16 March 2007, 22:22    #

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Thanks Kat. They certainly are a fluff-inducing pair:)

Minx    19 March 2007, 15:11    #

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Thank you Traveller!

Minx    30 March 2007, 19:47    #

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Very refreshing indeed! We all can use a moment like this. Watching our favorite pair sharing such a moment is even better! Thanks for the story!

dream.in.a.jar    10 August 2007, 13:51    #

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I like it a LOT :)

— NessSachiel    8 December 2007, 10:25    #

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haha! I love it! mm.. such a nice ending too. It’s so nice to have a light happy story once in a while. I love your shy Faramir. :)

— Morwen    12 February 2008, 00:36    #

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Very nice! It’s a pleasure to see that they need one another instead of just a needy Faramir and a powerful Aragorn.

Ria    3 July 2008, 01:47    #

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Ria: Thank you! I’m really glad to hear you liked it.

Minx    5 July 2008, 17:11    #

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What a great story! I really like how Aragorn is so tender towards Faramir.

Ria    10 July 2008, 18:29    #

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Thank you Ria:) I’m glad you liked it.

Minx    14 July 2008, 03:14    #

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Your stories are always so good! I really like the tenderness in this one.

— Ria    28 December 2008, 01:07    #

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Thank you Ria:) I’m glad you liked it.

— minx    28 December 2008, 18:24    #

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Oh that’s sweet! Haha, I always get so nervous when people don’t eat in stories and even though I read the summary, I worried when Aragorn nearly forgot to have supper. Gods… Anyhow, so sweet! I loved the ending! Of course he will have butter too – at such prospects ;)

— Geale    2 January 2009, 22:18    #

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:)) thanks Geale. Yes, boh of them got to eat after all. and I guess the butter did get used up:))

— minx    4 January 2009, 18:12    #

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How I love Your stories, they are all so full of just the right feelings, and so alive. It’s af I’m standing and watching everything happening before my eyes.
Thank you. For everything

— Ingrid    19 June 2009, 06:53    #

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Thank you as ever for your lovely words Ingrid.:) I’m really glad you liked this.

— Minx    22 June 2009, 15:39    #

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“Perhaps,” Elrohir said grinning at a sheepish Faramir, “He found himself a cure?”

take daily or even three times a day?

— nancylea57    13 August 2009, 07:24    #

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I’m squealing uncontrollably here! Fluff! How I needed fluff this morning!
“Honeycakes don’t taste as nice when they’re cold.” Pouting Faramir indeed :) Sweet!

— Geale    27 September 2009, 08:12    #

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Glad to oblige with the fluff and dear sweet Fara with a pout:o)

Thank you for your lovely words! I’m delighted you enjoyed it:)

— Minx    27 September 2009, 11:52    #

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As many times I think:) thank you for the feedback! I’m sorry for such a delayed response though:o

— Minx    17 October 2009, 11:39    #

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Oh, I love it too. Aragorn is so careful and loving. And I do not know whom I envy more – Aragorn, who have a chance to love Faramir, or Faramir – who have such a gentle lover?!
Thank you!

— Anastasiya    18 November 2009, 20:04    #

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Oh so gentle…
I simply have no words!
You are a great writer, Minx!

— Anastasiya    18 November 2009, 20:18    #

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Thank you Anastasiya:)

— Minx    22 November 2009, 16:20    #

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Thank you Anastasiya for reading and commenting! I guess they’re both very lucky they have each other:)

— Minx    22 November 2009, 16:35    #

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God how could I have missed this fic?
I am giggeling like a litle school girl here in the darkness and lonelyness of my room.
How I needed this type of comfy and sweet tonight.
Thank you so much.

— Ingrid    2 January 2010, 01:15    #

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Thank you Ingrid:) I’m very glad you liked it.

— Minx    4 January 2010, 17:40    #

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Beautiful! You always write heartwarming stories, Minx!

— Anastasiya    5 January 2010, 04:54    #

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Awwww. That last line killed me, Faramir is too cute. I love it!

— Anna    25 April 2010, 22:40    #

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Thank you Anna. I’m very glad to hear you liked it:)

— Minx    28 April 2010, 18:54    #

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Cute little story.
It begs for a sequel, though.
But don’t sweat about it.
I loved it.

— lille mermeid    16 July 2010, 01:14    #

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Absolutely loved it, soooooo sweet!!! Thank you!
Hugs

— ingrid    16 July 2010, 21:24    #

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Nice to see our Faramir actually treasured by Aragorn in one of your lighter stories, after all the angsty ones! But I suspect that the hobbits are actually much better cooks than this!

— ebbingnight    17 July 2010, 02:55    #

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Lille: Thank you!:) All the prompts for 25fluffyfics are interrelated… so they could serve as prequels and sequels:)
Ingrid: Very glad you liked it! thank you:)
Ebbingnight: thank you:) Yes, Aragorn definitely likes treasuring Fara, and he’ll relaise it some day in the angsty fics too! I guess the hobbits were just too excited:)

— Minx    19 July 2010, 17:30    #

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chuckle… cute… shy Faramir and sly Aragorn. I like it very much

— Kathurien    17 September 2010, 20:45    #

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Thank you Kathurien:)

— Minx    18 September 2010, 18:47    #

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Ah! I loved this! So sweet and funny, I smiled the whole way through :) So lovely to think that Faramir is babbling away about Aragorn behind his back so to speak! Lovely! :)

Eora    30 October 2010, 00:52    #

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I heartily enjoyed your love triangle (love quadrilateral? how does one count those twins?) — especially because Aragorn tries so hard to want what’s best for Faramir. I also liked very much the early introduction of seedcake into the story.

(Happy Birthday, by the way. I couldn’t help noticing the banner … Hope it was a good one!)

— Mira Took    1 November 2010, 07:43    #

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Lovely! I absolutely loved the line about Arathorn (who keeps track of the Dúnedain Rangers anyway?). And I sprayed my lunch all over my computer at Gandalf’s “Did you know Elladan can balance a cup on his head even after he’s had seven mugs of ale?”

Thank you so much for sharing and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Geale    1 November 2010, 14:30    #

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Eora: Thank you!:) I’m delighted you liked it. Especially sweet, babbly Faramir:)
Mira: Thank you for reading and or noticng the detail and thank you for the wishes!:) Yes, Aragorn definitely wants all that’s best for Faramir!
Geale: Thank you!:) I’m very glad the line on Arathorn worked… the poor twins would certainly have lost track of all the rangers they would have ridden with! And I’m very glad you liked the line about the ale… I liked writing it:) thank you for reading!

— @Minx    1 November 2010, 18:52    #

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Oh my goodness! This story is too cute! Thanks for writing. I enjoy reading all your work.

— Ruby    25 September 2011, 12:28    #

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Thank you Ruby!:)

Minx    27 September 2011, 17:44    #

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Dear Minx,
Good fic, nice and short:)
Though I still secretly hope one day you`ll return to your angsty stories which are simply the best, IMHO.

— LID    9 June 2012, 15:20    #

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LID – thank you!:) The angsty stories will return, not to worry :) Soon I hope:)

— Minx    13 June 2012, 19:29    #

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Sneaky Aragorn! This was sweet.

— Dancingkatz    11 July 2012, 22:36    #

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Well, they do say that home is where the heart is! A very lovely little vignette.

— Dancingkatz    11 July 2012, 22:42    #

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Thank you Dancingkatz:) He is very sneaky indeed:)

Minx    15 July 2012, 18:51    #

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:) Thank you. I’m delighted you liked it!

Minx    15 July 2012, 18:51    #

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Aaaaw, the cuddling! :) It makes me yearn for a winter with snow and ice and hot soup (and a story about dear Pips grappling with the general cussedness of things – yes, I can totally imagine him getting in a situation like that!). And the dog! Yes, it totally makes sense to let Faramir have a dog, since animals have an obvious fondness for him, and vice versa. That was so nice and cosy… thank you! :)

— raven22372    18 July 2012, 20:21    #

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Raven – I’m so delighted you enjoyed it:)) Amd I’m glad to hear all that nice, wintry cosiness works. Dear Faramir desrves much cuddles, affections and cosiness:)

Minx    20 July 2012, 20:19    #

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Wonderful! I really enjoyed how you brought to life the characters. Especially Huan!

— Ria    31 July 2012, 22:14    #

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Thank you Ria:) I’m glad you liked Huan:)

Minx    3 August 2012, 19:29    #

It’s beautiful and nice and i love your stories dear Minx! I enjoyed all stories so much!I love it as you write,this is too.

— katiedaly    23 May 2013, 14:58    #

Katiedaly: thank you so much for liking this!

Minx    9 June 2013, 08:44    #

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