Remember Who You Are


Remember who you are
The first words heard when from the womb I came
Remember who you are
The first words heard as I stood before him in the Great Hall
Remember who you are
The first words heard as I entered the service as squire
Remember who you are
The first words heard as Captain-General
Remember who you are
The last words heard before the journey to Rivendell
Remember who you are
New voices speak louder than his
Remember who you are
Words almost lost on the Anduin
Remember who you are
Words obliterated by the screaming of the voice
Remember who you are
Words returned to me once he fled from my outstretched hands
Remember who you are
I have failed you, Father
Remember who you are
I have failed Gondor
Remember who you are
I have you failed you, my King
Remember who you are
The last words I hear… and I am released from the burden
‘Be at peace, Son of Gondor’


The thought of the burden for the eldest son of Gondor, nay, for the whole family of Stewards, has always been a source of sorrow for me. To live to the standards needed for the great daily battle against the evil of Sauron seemed too great a burden to bear. I could just imagine Denethor, not out of spite, or hatred, or whatever, knowing that this son of his was the only thing that stood between Gondor and obliteration, speaking these words to him, ‘Remember who you are,’ as a warning not to fail. I wrote this for myself too, as my father, who loved me dearly but was a perfectionist, drove me onwards. I finally had to learn that I do not have to save the world. The Stewards thought they did. And perhaps they were right. Not aware of a little Hobbit in the Shire. I’m grateful I learned my lesson without dying.

- Agape4Rivendell