(Night has fallen over the camp. Horses neigh and men rode into camp. Gilraen waited for Arathorn’s return.)
Gilraen: My lord, you have return at last.
Arathorn: It is as I promised.
Gilrean: Too long have you been away. The days of your absence are like days without joy. I worried for thy health and not returning.
Arathorn: Worry not my love for I am here safe and whole. And now my heart fell no pain for we are untied once again.
Gilrean: I too am glad once more.
(They kiss. Dirhael enters.)
Dirhael: My lord Arathorn.
Arathorn: Dirhael my father’s friend and mine also.
Gilrean: Father, why have thy come.
Dirhael: To greet the returning of our bravest warrior. How was the hunt? Well and prosperous I imagine.
Arathorn: It is as we have hoped. Gondor is safe once more.
Dirhael: For the present at least. Oh yes Gilrean my daughter you mother calls for thee.
Gilrean: Farewell then, father, Lord Arathorn.
Arathorn: This is not the reason for this meeting I am sure.
Dirhael: Nay this is not.
Arathorn: What then is that which you need? Nay don’t tell me for I already know.
Dirhael: If that be the case then answer me. Do you love my daughter?
Arathorn: I do, and with all my heart. Indeed had you not seek me I would have found you. For now is the hour which I had looked for, Dirhael, father of fair Gilrean this question I must ask.
Dirhael: What is it then? Do speak for we are both men of honor.
Arathorn: I must ask for thy daughter’s hand in marriage.
Dirhael: I must confess that is exactly as I predicate, but even so I have not yet the answer, for a matter of such importance should not be left in the care of one man alone.
Arathorn: Very well, I would wait for thy answer be it aye or nay. Time would not matter.
Dirhael: Very well. You have my word that I shall send a reply though count not on yes for my heart forbids this union.
We return to the forests again. Our hobbit friend has lost all faith and finds the true meaning of apathy by the end of this chapter. He is taken captive by a band of elves and one human. This chapter suggests that some of his past will be revealed soon.