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Some memories are too dark to bring into the light, and I have seen too many dark things. Do not ask me. I will not recall memories to darken the very light of day; do not ask me about the dark. Ask me about Light.

Ask me about the light, and I will speak. Ask me about the light, and I will tell you of one day when the light was strong. I was young, barely twenty years of age, and had returned from a journey when Elrond called me, he who had been like a father to me.

That day all was changed.

That day, for the first time, I heard the name of my father. That day, for the first time, I saw the heirlooms of my house. That day, for the first time, I knew my inheritance.

That day, for the first time, I knew my own name.

And I was young. For a whole day pride filled me and I thought that the world could bring no more beauty. I thought the world was full and could give no more for I was young, and I was of noble birth; higher than any among Men. I did not think about the years ahead, on the responsibilities that lay before me, or the burdens my birthright brought. The world was full of light. Nothing could darken it. Nothing could make it shine more bright.

A man can be so wrong.

I walked underneath the trees at the hour when the sun set. What did I feel, you ask? I cannot tell. Even in that moment I could not have told; my heart and mind was too full to tell. This alone I know: I was glad, and I could not keep my gladness inside. It burst out in song.

Then I saw a sight that overthrew it all.

The memory of that vision has not faded with the years, for there she walked between the trees; Lúthien Tinúviel, most beautiful among all the Children. I do not know how long I stood there, dumb by the sight, speechless at this vision. But then I saw her walk away under the shadows of the trees, and suddenly I feared that if I lost sight of her now she would never again be seen. And so I called to her:

"Tinúviel, Tinúviel!"

And she halted. She spoke to me and she was no dream. She lived, she breathed; she was flesh and blood. Arwen Undómiel, Elrond daughter. My own name and lineage crumbled to nothing against her beauty, and even in my youthful pride I knew then that the light carries within its own darkness. Just like dark spots appear before the eye when we have been staring at the light, thus the world was dark when I turned my eyes from her.

No, do not ask me about the dark. Ask me about the light, and I will show you the light in my beloved's eyes.
Battles comes in many forms, and the memories are not always dark. MEFAs first place 2009

First in a vignette-series with the memories of several characters, with Aragorn as the most prominent. Each vignette have a different memory, told in first person.

Disclaimer: These vingettes are based on the characters and world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, all of which are the property of the Tolkien estate. The stories are made for entertainment and at no monetary gain.

rstrider9 made a wonderful illustration that links in to this and the last vignette (not posted here yet): [link]
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Memories of Battle: Aragorn: First Meeting by ~Ragnelle-was-taken is an eloquently-written vignette. ( Suggested by MirachRavaia and Featured by JZLobo )
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Parsat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Writer
Beautiful and evocative.
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it :)
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firelightprincess Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
This is beautiful! It has an amazing poetic flow to it.
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you. I'm very happy to hear that :love:
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99Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Silmarillion reference.

Pure excellency!
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks :)

The parallel is obvious, after all. And as far as I remember, Tolkien made the same ;)
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kori-hibana Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
breathtaking~ can't wait to read the rest!
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you :love:
I've posted the other ones here too, I hope you will enjoy those as well if you decide to look for them.
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graphicsurge Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Id work on sentence structure. too many stops. And i know he may "talk" like that, but when writing commas and semicolons are more appropriate.
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you for the comment. I'll keep it in mind if I ever decide to revise again. It began as one long sentence (almost), so I am moving a bit back and forth on this.

I did not understand your comment about "talk" vs writing, though: this is a fanfic based on a book. _I_ tend to think orally (and moreso in my earlier writing, which this is a part of), but that has little to do with the character.
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