Letters from Faramir
Acknowledgements - 2nd Edition
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My deepest thanks belong to Fíriel Fairbairn,
great-granddaughter of Fastred and Elanor. Fíriel, like
her mother and her grandmother before her, became a maid of honor to
Queen Arwen in the later days of King Elessar's rule. With the
Queen's approval, she spent much of her time going through records in
Prince Faramir's quarters at Minas Tirith. She then undertook
many prolonged journeys to Henneth Annûn. While she was in
Henneth Annûn, she discovered a stash of letters hidden in a
secret drawer in Prince Faramir's writing desk. She brought the
letters back with her to Minas Tirith. She turned to your
humble compiler who spent a full year deciphering them.
Unfortunately, there had been water damage to many of the pages.
Blood also covered a few of the letters. Regrettably, some of the
words and phrases were indistinguishable, due to said damage.
During our restoration, we discovered that Faramir's hand was not the
only one that had touched these pages. Another hand, of unknown
origin, had written short little notes, as if the writer had witnessed
Prince Faramir's efforts and had taken the time, sometime in the course
of events, or perhaps afterwards, to add them to the letters.
After much close work with the archivists from the Great Library at
Minas Tirith, the letters were restored, as well as possible, and given
to King Elessar.
My heartfelt thanks belong to King Elessar himself who gave this
unworthy compiler permission to copy the letters and publish
them. The originals were taken, with King Elessar's permission,
to Undertowers, where they are now stored with Sam Gamgee's 'The Red
Book of Westmarch' and the illustrious three-volume tome, 'Translations
from the Elvish.'
My undying thanks belong to Queen Arwen, without whose support and
compassion these letters would never have been found, nor
restored. Her deep love and respect for her husband's Steward are
Thanks must also be given to my scribe, Ingond, youngest son of Hirgon
the Brave. It was at the Queen's urging that I asked the young man to
be my scribe. He proved a fast learner and worthy of the
role. His father, though he had been murdered before Ingond's
birth, would have been most proud of him.
Your humble compiler,