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Describes events in Brethil after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad of I 4721
The story related events around the isolated home of a Woodman of Brethil
The 'Stone' on the title describes a carved 'watch-stone' of the Drúedain


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‘The Faithful Stone’

A tale from the Forest of Brethil

The People of Haleth dwelt in the Forest of Brethil with their allies, the Drúedain. The folk-tales of the Woodmen told that the Drúedain had strange and mystical powers, and one of these tales is recorded: the brief story of The Faithful Stone.

The story tells of a Woodman named Barach and his friend, a Drúadan named Aghan. When Aghan was called away, he left a watch-stone, a carving in the shape of one of his people, to help guard Barach's house. In the night, the house was beset by Orcs, who started to set fire to it. A mysterious stranger appeared and defeated the Orcs, stamping out the flames they had lit. The following day, the watch-stone was found with its legs blackened and broken, and when Aghan returned, it was seen that he, too, had burned and blistered legs.



The events described in the story of the Faithful Stone are not formally dated, but the tale seems to be set after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, when Orcs roamed and raided freely in the lands around Brethil. The timeline for this entry shows this approximate period near the end of the fifth century of the Years of the Sun, but the tale itself was preserved into later history.

Though we have no specific date of authorship, the story is said to have come from the Men of Brethil themselves. These events took place close to the end of the First Age, so the tale must have originated relatively soon after the events that it relates.

See also...

Aghan, Barach, Gorgûn, Watch-stones


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