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The Names That We Must Carry: Fíli

Title: The Names That We Must Carry
Section 9: Fíli
Pairings: None
Warnings: None
Word Count: 287 (1957 so far)
Disclaimer: If I owned the hobbit, it would be cracktastic.
Summary: Oakenshield is not the only byname carried by members of Thorin's company. Some are badges of honor, some are marks of courage and some their owners just wish they could live down.

1. Kíli                         4. Glóin                     7. Bombur
2. Óin                        5. Dwalin                   8. Nori
3. Bifur                      6. Ori


No one ever had the heart to tell Thorin where his nephew's byname came from, not when their leader beamed so proudly the first time he heard the words. But while the dwarf lord saw the name as a compliment to be earned by his heir so young, the others did not call Fíli Truthspeaker for his diplomatic skill.

In truth the name had begun as a joke when Nori and his brothers were ribbing the young dwarf about his habit of stating the obvious and it spread throughout the company like wildfire.

“If there's a key, there must be a door,” Ori would tease in a singsong when Fíli became too serious. “That's proper kingly speech right there, oh great Truthspeaker, please tell me more.”

At this the blond would leap up to wrestle with the scribe until he cried uncle, asking “Who's the kingly one right now?” as he put the other into a headlock and ruffled his hair. But although the rest of the company would always come down on Ori's side of the teasing, Fíli never really minded it because the dwarf knew that he had earned the mocking fair and square.

However, when Thorin overheard Nori asking the Truthspeaker for his wisdom on the weather one day, the joke suddenly became a proper name after all.

So the blond resigned himself to being Fíli Truthspeaker until he managed to earn a better title, comforted by the knowledge that it was still more flattering than his brother's moniker. Indeed, as long as someone didn't know the story behind its gifting, the name sounded rather kingly and perhaps some blackmail or bribery would keep his companions quiet on that point.



10. Balin