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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King CED


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Denethor Lord and Steward of Minas Tirith

Denethor despairs over the death of his son Boromir and the siege of Minas Tirith (Side 1, 23:32).

"Suddenly Pippin was reminded of the hewn rocks of Argonath, and awe fell on him,
as he looked down that avenue of kings long dead. At the far end upon a dais of
many steps was set a high throne under a canopy of marble shaped like a crowned
helm; behind it was carved upon the wall and set with gems an image of a tree in
flower. But the throne was empty. At the foot of the dais, upon the lowest step
which was broad and deep, there was a stone chair, black and unadorned, and on
it sat an old man gazing at his lap. In his hand was a white rod with a golden
knob. He did not look up. Solemnly they paced the long floor towards him, until
they stood three paces from his footstool. Then Gandalf spoke.

'Hail, Lord and Steward of Minas Tirith, Denethor son of Ecthelion! I am come
with counsel and tidings in this dark hour.'

Then the old man looked up. Pippin saw his carven face with its proud bones and
skin like ivory, and the long curved nose between the dark deep eyes; and he was
reminded not so much of Boromir as of Aragorn. 'Dark indeed is the hour,' said
the old man, 'and at such times you are wont to come, Mithrandir. But though all
the signs forebode that the doom of Gondor is drawing nigh, less now to me is
that darkness than my own darkness. It has been told to me that you bring with
you one who saw my son die. Is this he?'"

    - LOTR Book V: Minas Tirith


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