here, a slightly different use of your requested symbols….
At The End Of The Tunnel
It was not the door that kept men from entering the paths, but the wall. Ice, fear, darkness - they squeezed a mans heart at the thought of that first step, into the unknown.
But, bone and blood forged in the north, the grey company understood these things and knew they could be faced. If any man could hold up a light for them to follow, the men of the north would not falter.
Last of the old blood, we stared into the abyss, saw our truth, and held aloft our light - the flame of his beacon; my pyre.
I have often said that after all these years, I am still learning something new from the canon all the time, and this was one of those places. In spite of all the thinking about Halbarad I have done, this suddenly solidified that picture for me.
I am usually caught up at this point in the text by the parallels of Merry and Pippin, swearing fealty for different reasons and finding different answers given. And I have written before of Halbarad going on in the face of what he knows. But using the symbol of the pyre for him made me really think visually about that fact that while Denethor is Gondor's steward, Halbarad is Aragorn's - and the difference in the ways they face what they believe is certain death, and how they go to meet their pyres became something bigger to me.