Title – Wheat or Chaff ?
Author: Linda Hoyland
Characters/Pairing: Faramir, Damrod
Book/Source: LOTR book-verse
“Were you not a soldier, Captain, what would you be?” Damrod asked one night as they returned from patrol.
“A scholar, I believe,” said Faramir. Then, seeing the man’s bewildered expression, he added; “Or maybe a farmer, if I needed to earn my living.”
“And why a farmer?”
“With my sword, I must cut down all who stand before us as foes, unknowing whether they deserve death or not. With a flail, I would thresh, and winnow the wheat from the chaff, storing the good grain. A farmer knows what must be garnered, a warrior can never be so certain.”