Inspired by Inzilbeth's "Unrequited Love" in which Aragorn runs into someone unexpected.
- An excerpt from "Unrequited Love" by Inzilbeth
Aragorn nodded his head towards the lyre. “I would dearly love to hear you play. I am a long way from my home and I greatly miss the sound of music.” Something in the man’s voice must have conveyed his honesty and touched the heart of even this defeated Elf for, without warning, he sat on the ground and, positioning his lyre, he began to play.
Immediately the sweetest notes filled the morning air and drifted into the sky. Aragorn was astonished; it was the very music he had heard in his dreams the night before. The delicious sound held him utterly entranced. The exquisite chords held great power and very swiftly the notes began to consume him and he became totally wrapped in their melodious beauty and, as he listened, he was transported to another realm and another time and yet the tune, he knew, held great meaning for him in his own life. And then the Elf began to sing and it was unlike any song Aragorn had ever heard before yet he knew at once that it was a song of lost love and, as he listened, he felt his own heart filling within him and the song of longing was of his longing and the Elf’s pain was his pain. On and on the minstrel played; there seemed no end to the sounds he could weave as his long, skeletal fingers expertly plucked the strings to perfection.
At length the Elf stopped and put down his lyre. He cast his eyes to the ground and did not speak. Aragorn watched him, unsure of what to say. Eventually, he asked the only question there could be.
“Who was she?”
Can be found at Stories of Arda (I still haven't figured out how to "link" websites!