1. Chapter 1 by Himring
A true drabble according to MS Word, written for the challenge "Endings and Beginnings" at Tolkien Weekly on LiveJournal.
Once upon a time, we had a king. Once upon a time, we had a lord. Once upon a time, we served only the king and the lord we had chosen to serve.
Hide Grandfather's sword in the bedstraw but do not let the blade get blunt, for know this: one day, we shall be free again.
Once upon a time we had a city and a kingdom. Once upon a time we had a king.
Do not speak our chief's name to any on the road. Wear a plain cloak, but know this: we shall have a king again.
The prompt was "Once Upon a Time".
Extended note (originally in response to a query on AO3):
The people of the First Age are the Edain of Dor-lomin in Beleriand. They were Men who had been ruled by lords of the House of Hador (Hurin was the most famous of these) and fought for the High King of the Noldor Elves against the Dark Lord. After the great defeat of the Fifth Battle, they were enslaved for about a hundred years, until the Dark Lord was defeated in his turn. They are ancestors of the Numenoreans and therefore also of the Dunedain.
The people of the Third Age are the Rangers of Eriador, concealing the survival and identity of the heir of Isildur over generations.
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