The Last Debate

Themorningcameafterthedayofbattle,anditwasfairwithlightcloudsandthewindturningwestward.LegolasandGimliwereearlyabroad,andtheybeggedleavetogoupintotheCity;fortheywereeagertoseeMerryandPippin.

‘Itisgoodtolearnthattheyarestillalive,’saidGimli;‘fortheycostusgreatpainsinourmarchoverRohan,andIwouldnothavesuchpainsallwasted.

TogethertheElfandtheDwarfenteredMinasTirith,andfolkthatsawthempassmarvelledtoseesuchcompanions;forLegolaswasfairoffacebeyondthemeasureofMen,andhesanganelven-songinaclearvoiceashewalkedinthemorning;butGimlistalkedbesidehim,strokinghisbeardandstaringabouthim.

‘Thereissomegoodstone-workhere,’hesaidashelookedatthewalls;‘butalsosomethatislessgood,andthestreetscouldbebettercontrived.WhenAragorncomesintohisown,IshallofferhimtheserviceofstonewrightsoftheMountain,andwewillmakethisatowntobeproudof.

‘Theyneedmoregardens,’saidLegolas.‘Thehousesaredead,andthereistoolittleherethatgrowsandisglad.IfAragorncomesintohisown,thepeopleoftheWoodshallbringhimbirdsthatsingandtreesthatdonotdie.

AtlengththeycametothePrinceImrahil,andLegolaslookedathimandbowedlow;forhesawthathereindeedwasonewhohadelven-bloodinhisveins.‘Hail,lord!’hesaid.‘ItislongsincethepeopleofNimrodelleftthewoodlandsofLórien,andyetstillonemayseethatnotallsailedfromAmroth’shavenwestoverwater.

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