On This Day in Middle-earth

May 1st

Crowning of King Elessar.

Elrond and Arwen set out from Rivendell.

On this day Aragorn, the Ranger from the North, was crowned King of Gondor. It was a day of merriment and joy as the Host of the West returned to Minas Tirith. Quite amazingly, before that, Faramir and Éowyn professed their love to each other and plans to marry. Needless to say, the month of May began on a high note.

When the Host entered the city and Aragorn was brought before the crowd, Faramir approached him and requested his rule of Steward be removed. Aragorn forbade this and declared his stewardship would continue and be past down to his heirs for as long as Aragorn’s line lasted.

Then Faramir stood up and spoke in a clear voice: “Men of Gondor, hear now the Steward of this Realm! Behold! one has come to claim the kingship again at last. Here is Aragorn son of Arathorn, chieftain of the Dúnedain of Arnor, Captain of the Host of the West, bearer of the Star of the North, wielder of the Sword Reforged, victorious in battle, whose hands bring healing, the Elfstone, Elessar of the line of Valandil, Isildur’s son, Elendil’s son of Númenor. Shall he be king and enter into the City and dwell there?”

And all the host and all the people cried yea with one voice.

Aragorn had one special request to be made, many had performed brave deeds that led to this moment. In honor of those deeds, Aragorn had Frodo, the Ring-bearer, take the crown to Gandalf who would then bestow it upon his head. Gandalf, being the chief driver in all that has happened, in Aragorn’s eyes, this was his victory.

In the days following, Aragorn sat upon his throne and past judgements. The Easterlings, who gave themselves up, were pardoned, he made peace with Harad, freed the slaves of Mordor, and gave Faramir Ithilien.

The lands of Middle-earth were finally being filled with peace and contentment.

Thank you for your time and remember, the crownless again shall be king.

– The Wandering One

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