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The Usurper

Chapter 1: The Usurper

by ElenaTiriel

The Usurper


"Ornendil, son of Eldacar, bow down before your King!"

He refuses! This renegade refuses to submit to me: the King of Gondor! And now he dares to call me pretender?

"Silence!" My fury will be felt!

The Captain of my Guard salutes. "Sire, should we hang him from the bridge to rot with the other dissidents?"

"No! Summon the people of Osgiliath to the Tower, then take him there and proclaim his disloyalty publicly..." I briefly weigh the most fitting penalty, then smile as I settle on the sentence, relishing my ascendancy.

"Sire?"

"Break his back. Then burn the city!"


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'Castamir had not long sat upon the throne before he proved himself haughty and ungenerous. He was a cruel man, as he had first shown in the taking of Osgiliath. He caused Ornendil son of Eldacar, who was captured, to be put to death; and the slaughter and destruction done in the city at his bidding far exceeded the needs of war.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion