It has taken me an entire weekend and more to finish reading this story. I have managed to loose track of the concept of sleep at least one night, and I have been rather stuck in Middle Earth during that time, even when not reading the story. It has sparked ideas, and tonight, it drew tears. It's longer than most stories I'm usually willing to read without that story being a printed book, but it's been utterly worth the time devoted to reading it.
It is a story of Denethor, son of Ecthelion, and Findulias of Dol Amroth, of their courtship and marriage through to just after Findulias' funeral. It is epic in scope, and the tone is one that suits well to the world and the characters, and paints that same rich tapestry that Tolkien does. There is romance, political scheming, danger and adventure, and each of the sub-plots is given sufficient time to unfold without leaving any nagging loose ends by the time the story concludes.
For the most part, I tend not to make immediate recommendations of any story I read, merely adding it to the list of bookmarks to sort into a list of stories that I find enjoyable and would see more people read. This story, however, is one which I will gladly make an exception for, and heartily recommend anyone who has the time and desire to read a novel-length story of Middle Earth and the people therein that is not strictly Tolkien to read this.Hands of the King, by Anglachel, on Henneth Annûn Story Archive