shiremaiden: LOTR CHAPTERS: THE RETURN OF THE…

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LOTR CHAPTERS: THE RETURN OF THE KING – Chapter Seven: The Pyre of Denethor

   “What is this, my lord?” said the wizard. “The houses of the dead are no places for the living. And why do men fight here in the Hallows when there is war enough before the Gate? Or has our Enemy come even to Rath Dínen?”
   “Since when has the Lord of Gondor been answerable to thee?” said Denethor. “Or may I not command my own servants?”
   “You may,” said Gandalf. “But others may contest your will, when it is turned to madness and evil. Where is your son, Faramir?”
   “He lies within,” said Denethor, “burning, already burning. They have set a fire in his flesh. But soon all shall be burned. The West has failed. It shall all go up in a great fire, and all shall be ended. Ash! Ash and smoke blown away on the wind!”