FROM OUR HEARTS TO YOURS

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It was Prince Faramir who began it, encouraging the southern Rangers to add one more moment to the Standing Silence. Slowly the tradition grew, radiating outward to the Men's families, then to the common folk at each New Year's celebration until, as the years passed, no one remembered a time when it had been otherwise.

Throughout Gondor there came a moment of silent reflection at sunset, when all people looked to the north. They tried to imagine the Shire, now a protected land by order of the King, from which the Ring-bearers had come. With deep respect, they sent their thoughts and good wishes forth.

"We do not forget," the people of the South murmured. "May your lands know peace, and your lives only joy. From our hearts to yours... thank you."