the shadows closed on men again, and their hearts went cold, and the valour of Gondor withered into ash.
And as for valour, that cannot be computed by stature.
Then there will be need of valour without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in the last defence of your homes.
Then perceiving that the valour of the City was already beaten down, the hidden Captain put forth his strength.
And this do I hear, Denethor son of Ecthelion, Lord of Gondor, Steward of the High King, and I will not forget it, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, valour with honour, oath-breaking with vengeance.
If he regains it, your valour is vain, and his victory will be swift and complete: so complete that none can foresee the end of it while this world lasts.
All penalty is remitted for your valour in battle, and still more because all that you did was for the love of the Lord Faramir.
And there were brought before him many to receive his praise and reward for their valour; and last the captain of the Guard brought to him Beregond to be judged.
There came Legolas, and Gimli wielding his axe, and Halbarad with the standard, and Elladan and Elrohir with stars on their brow, and the dour-handed Dunedain, Rangers of the North, leading a great valour of the folk of Lebennin and Lamedon and the fiefs of the South.
Then to the wonder of many Aragorn did not put the crown upon his head, but gave it back to Faramir, and said: ’By the labour and valour of many I have come into my inheritance.
Their lord was dead and burned, dead lay the King of Rohan in their citadel, and the new king that had come to them in the night was gone again to a war with powers too dark and terrible for any might or valour to conquer.
And behold! he said: ’Lo! lords and knights and men of valour unashamed, kings and princes, and fair people of Gondor, and Riders of Rohan, and ye sons of Elrond, and Dunedain of the North, and Elf and Dwarf, and greathearts of the Shire, and all free folk of the West, now listen to my lay.