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More Mercy for Beregond  by KathyG 6 Review(s)
CurumoReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/31/2016
A good exploration of Beregond's fate. Surely as a member of the White Company he would have to enter the White City on occasion. King Elessar doesn't seem very regal in this work though. Aragorn, as the Professor wrote him was very formal and precise in his high speech. Your rendition of the King Who Returned seems to fall short of that.

Author Reply: Well, I'm not very good at mimicking the formal style of speech that Tolkien gave Aragorn.

I agree that he would have to be allowed entry into Minas Tirith when the occasion required.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2016
Ah, how I love to read of Beregond and his difficult choice, and what followed! You've done a wonderful job in your gapfiller.

I must admit that in my version, I fastened on All penalty is remitted for your valour in battle and took what followed to mean that of course he must go forth from the City to take up his new assignment, even though "death or exile" had been a matter I had my characters discuss at length before Beregond's hearing before the King. (Does JRRT even say anything explicit about exile? It has been too long. Now I have yet another excuse to re-read the original version.) I don't think I pursued the "exile" part.

But if there is an exile implicit in Elessar's words, you've done an excellent job of dealing with it in practical terms.

Ah, how I love Beregond's (and Bergil's, too!) part in the tale.

Author Reply: Thanks. Yes, he was spared execution, but Gondorian law, it appears, required Aragorn to inflict a punishment even though it was not death, thankfully. I feel that he would be as merciful to Beregond as the law allowed him to be, and while Beregond could no longer live in Minas Tirith, I can't imagine that Aragorn would ban him from the city altogether.

Oh, and check this out--LOL! When I refreshed the SoA home page after I had logged in, this quote appeared near the top:

‘So it must be, for you are appointed to the White Company, the Guard of Faramir, Prince of Ithilien, and you shall be its captain and dwell in Emyn Arnen in honour and peace, and in the service of him for whom you risked all, to save him from death.’

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/24/2016
In my-verse Beregond is granted a small house built outside the main gate where he might dwell when he accompanied his lord to Minas Tirith, and he was allowed to return to die beneath the White Tree and be buried in honor in the House for the Guardsmen in the Rath Dinen.

I love your solution to the problem--neat and simple and so practical.

Author Reply: Thanks. Your solution is nice, too. As for me, I prefer that he be allowed to enter the city when the need arises.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/24/2016
Bless the Professor for leaving us so many gaps to fill. This is nicely done.

Author Reply: Yes, I agree! Thank you.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/24/2016
Very nice. I agree with you.

Author Reply: Thanks. Given Aragorn's character, it seems to me that he would have shown Beregond as much mercy as the law allowed. So while he had to forbid the soldier from living in Minas Tirith any longer, surely he would not have banned Beregond from entering the city altogether, especially since there would surely be times when Faramir would find it necessary to send him back to Minas Tirith on an errand.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/23/2016
I enjoyed this very much and liked your interpretation.

Author Reply: Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

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