Here begins a new story, "The Rebel". I am posting two chapters today since the first is basically an introduction.
Thanks to Hai, Bookworm, Aemilia Rose and Xena for reviewing the final chapter of "Truth". I do appreciate the closure.
Look for an update in "Runaway" on the morrow, if all goes well (i.e., if I can find Jo's email in the glut of junk emails in my box! I knew I should have saved it to disk the day she sent it to me, but procrastination is a hard habit to break), and the next chapter of "The Rebel" on the day after.
1. Introductory Notes
The following is a grim account indeed, detailing as it does a terrible time in the history of the Shire. Although the difficulties undergone by the Halflings do not begin to approach the sufferings of the prisoners of Dol Gondur or Barad Dur, still, the cruelties of renegade Men are well known to the citizens of Gondor.
The purpose of this account is not to describe in detail the sufferings of a gentle, inoffensive folk, but rather, to celebrate the triumph of the spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
In this time of relative peace, the King has commanded this copy to be made for his annals, from the Thain's Book, lest we forget the entire price paid by the Ring-bearer and his people.
Faithfully transcribed and submitted for the record,
Looking back through the lenses of hindsight and history, we can only echo the warning of the chronicler who transcribed this from the Thain's Book for the official record of the King of Gondor and Arnor, etc. This account is mild, compared to those from our own time, e.g. a survivor of the Holocaust, or an American POW during the Vietnam War, or other troubling accounts from more modern days.
We must never forget the horrors that renegade Men can perpetrate on those in their power, and be ever vigilant to protect the ones who have no protector.