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The Names That We Must Carry: Thorin

Title: The Names That We Must Carry
Section 12: Thorin
Pairings: None
Warnings: None
Word Count: 246 (2315 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                   10. Balin
2. Óin                        5. Dwalin                   8. Nori                         11. Bofur
3. Bifur                      6. Ori                         9. Fíli

As much as Thorin missed his homeland, there were some things that the dwarf lord was actually pleased to live without. The endless eyes upon him just waiting for a hint of failure, the need to speak with elves diplomatically, and of course that awful name.

Of his companions, only Balin even remembered that his lord had carried a title before Oakenshield, one given to him as a child in Erebor. It had been his father's idea of a joke since Thráin always had a twisted sense of humor and that name had haunted Thorin throughout his early years. How was anyone supposed to take him seriously with that appellation and to a young prince proud of his heritage, it had been enough to drive him mad.

It was hardly the dwarf's fault that traveling above the surface was always so damn confusing, even if everyone else managed to reach their destinations without a detour or five. So calling him Thorin Wanderstep had been completely unnecessary and the way that Thranduil smirked the first time the elf king heard this byname made the young dwarf growl.

Thus while the circumstances took most of the pleasure from the moment, some part of the dwarf had rejoiced when his bravery at Azanulbizar had earned him Oakenshield and his former appellation was swept from memory.
All memories but Balin's who delighted in whispering Wanderstep when his lord was being snotty and still refused to let him hold the maps.

13. Dori