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31 March 2009 @ 10:03 pm
B2MeM Prompt 24: Favorite Quote  
Drabble, Maglor and his foster sons, G.

This isn't my favorite non-Tolkien quote, as it would have been longer than the story, but this one is on my short list: “Words-- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Words

“Father was a great speaker, something that is important to remember when you two study this. He may have been insane with grief, but he never lost his charisma.” Maglor sighed and looked out the window at the snow-covered ground, not wanting to meet his foster sons’ eyes. “Only he could have enflamed the Noldor to leave Valinor, even after the Oath was spoken.

“It was a time of madness and uncertainty. All that we knew-- that Valinor was safe, that the Trees would never die-- was proven a lie. And Father used it as only he could: with language.”
 
 
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whitewave16: Nerdanel & Ambarussa by Lintalomewhitewave16 on April 1st, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Very nice. Elrond must have often looked back at this moment whenever he taught his own students.
Independence1776indy1776 on April 1st, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He undoubtably must have.
surgicalsteelsurgicalsteel on April 1st, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oooooo. What a horrible time that must have been, and what an important lesson to learn!
Independence1776indy1776 on April 1st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
*nods* It is an extremely important lesson, especially given who Maglor's talking to.
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