Part 2: Some months earlier
When King Elessar tactfully suggested that Minas Tiriths
most celebrated scholar should find somewhere more spacious
in which to carry out his latest experiment, Master Eldacar
approached Legolas and Eowyn.
The couple perused the mans notebook with interest. Crammed
into its tiny pages, detailed drawingsof plants, birds,
and tempestsvied for space with descriptions of natural
phenomena, with calculations of weight and force, and with diagrams
of fantastical inventions.
Using this, said Eldacar, pointing to one
of his strange machines, an army of men might approach
a coastal town unseen, walking across the seabed.
This part is made of cork, my Lord, the man assured
him, and so floats above the surface of the water,he
illustrated the explanation with his handsallowing
nothing but pure air to enter the bore; at the same time, an
upward force draws the pipe taut, and keeps it open. A man using
my apparatus may breathe under water as easily as he would breathe
Legolas and Eowyn exchanged intrigued looks.
But what are you hoping to do here, Master Eldacar?
asked Eowyn. What is it that needs so much space?
Wellif I may, my Lady... With a diffident
smile, the scholar took up his notebook, turned a few leaves,
and handed it back to her.
This, my Lady, he said, proudly.