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April 2nd, 2013

Justice and Mercy

B2MeM Challenge: Wisdom.
"And this the Valar did, desiring to amend the errors of old, especially that they had attempted to guard and seclude the Eldar by their own might and glory fully revealed; whereas now their emissaries were forbidden to reveal themselves in forms of majesty, or to seek to rule the wills of Men and Elves by open display of power, but coming in shapes weak and humble were bidden to advise and persuade Men and Elves to good, and to seek to unite in love and understanding all those whom Sauron, should he come again, would endeavour to dominate and corrupt."

Format: ficlet
Genre: friendship
Rating: PG
Warnings: mention of rape and murder
Characters: Aragorn, Faramir
Pairings: Aragorn/Arwen
Summary: Aragorn and Faramir discuss justice and mercy.
Disclaimer: The characters are the property of the Tolkien Estate. No profit has been, nor will be made from this story.

B2MeM 2013 Day Twenty-Six

B2MeM 2013 Day One--Wisdom

“You look thoughtful, mellon nîn,” said Aragorn. Together with his Steward, he returning to his apartments for the noonday meal after a morning spent judging and sentencing prisoners. Faramir had been invited to dine with the King and Queen.

“I was thinking that had my father judged those miscreants, they would be all facing the gallows rather than just one,” Faramir replied.

Aragorn regarded his friend quizzically. “You disapprove?” he asked.

“Not at all. It gladdens my heart that you temper justice with mercy.”

“They were very different cases,” Aragorn said thoughtfully. “The first, I had no hesitation in condemning that tailor to death.”

“Neither would I,” said Faramir. “A man who violates a woman then kills her to silence her is lower than any wild beast.”

“That was my view too,” said Aragorn. “And a wild beast can neither be tamed nor trusted, so he had to die. The other prisoners, though, I feel deserve a second chance.”

“A drunken brawl can too easily lead to tragedy,” said Faramir. “That is one reason why I am careful not to partake of too much wine.”

“It is not in your nature to be violent,” said Aragorn. “You become sentimental after too much wine, unlike the mason I sentenced today. I am certain he did not mean to kill, though. It seemed sheer misfortune that the man he punched fell on his own sword when he landed and died as result.”

“He was full of remorse,” said Faramir.

“Which is why I sentenced him to exile in the North,” Aragorn replied. “I doubt he will overindulge in drink again. In the North he can built a new life far away from the family  and friends of the man he killed.”

“I feel for them,” said Faramir.

“As do I,” said Aragorn. “I have ordered that a part of the mason’s wages must go to support the victim’s family.

“A wise decision,” said Faramir. “So too was your treatment of the deserter.”

“The young fool!” Aragorn exclaimed. “Had he but asked, his captain would most likely have granted him leave to visit his new born son. I pity the young man, but even more so the wife whom he has caused so much heartache. Then what must his comrades feel? They need to be able to trust one another on the battlefield completely.”

“Your punishment was just,” said Faramir. “Hard labour helping to refurbish the barracks and dismissal from the army. He should count himself fortunate, my father would have had him flogged, then hung. Those were different times, though.”

“I was fortunate to have a very wise teacher,” said Aragorn. “One of Gandalf’s favourite sayings was “Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?” Faramir added. “He often said that to me too.”

“We were fortunate to have him share his wisdom with us,” said Faramir.

“Daily I try to live by it,” said Aragorn. “The Valar sent him to teach men to unite against Sauron in love and understanding.”

“Alas that my father did not heed him!” said Faramir.

“Even Sauraman fell away from wisdom and he was an Istar like Gandalf,” said Aragorn.

Just then a bell rang proclaiming the hour.

“We are late for the noonday meal,” said Aragorn. “We must hurry. Arwen will be wondering where we are.”

“No wise man keeps his lady waiting!” said Faramir.

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April Teitho Contest

Our April theme is Smells. Do you remember the smell of the book when you first read the Lord of the Rings? Maybe it was fresh, just out of press, or old, musty smell of yellowed pages. You can clearly imagine both, don't you? It's because the sense of smell has it's centrum in one of the oldest parts of human brain, and makes the most permanent memories. And just like in our world, there have to be many various smells in Middle-earth, yet the paper of the books cannot convey them. This is a task for you this month: through your words or picture, let us experience the smells of Middle-earth!

What is the scent of spring in Rivendell or summer in Gondor? Could you close your eyes and recognize by the smell if you are in Mirkwood or in the Shire? And surely you could recognize athelas by its scent... There are also some places and creatures that do not smell that well, with Aragorn's own words about Gollum: "I was glad to be rid of his company, for he stank."

In your story, you can use any smell you want, pleasant or unpleasant. It can please the senses, or warn of danger, like the change in the air before a storm or the smell of some dangerous creature approaching. It can trigger a memory, long forgotten, that resurfaces with the remembered smell. In pictures you can depict something with a strong or characteristic scent, that we could clearly imagine when looking at it.

The deadline for this challenge is April 25th.
For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. As usually, the contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas must be at least mentioned in your story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

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