"At Long Last" by Astarahttp://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=1349Fandom:
Lord of the Rings (bookverse)Pairing:
7202 wordsWhy you should read this:
Denethor is one of the more difficult and fascinating characters in The Lord of the Rings.
In the book, we meet him during what are probably the worst days of his life, when he's hostile, suspicious, and embittered. However, the appendix hints at another picture: a great man brought down by his flaws, and the long history of pain and loss which brought him to that state. One particularly intriguing hint is the statement that his wife's early death changed him greatly. Astara does a fine job of rolling back the clock to who Denethor might have been in his younger days, when he had just met the love of his life. Finduilas, created from the sketchy hints in the book, is a charming character. It's easy to see how she gives Denethor what he needs, and to understand how her loss would devastate him.Note:
If you like this story, Astara has also written several other pieces about her favorite Middle-Earth couple. They're all excellent; however, I chose "At Long Last" for my recommendation because it comes first in the internal chronology.