Three Colours Trilogy challenge

Pride and Despair

Story Summary

"'Pride and despair! Didst thou think that the eyes of the White Tower were blind? Nay, I have seen more than thou knowest, Grey Fool. [...]All the East is moving. And even now the wind of thy hope cheats thee and wafts up Anduin a fleet with black sails. The West has failed. It is time for all to depart who would not be slaves.'" ["The Pyre of Denethor", The Return of the King]

So said Denethor shortly before he killed himself in the Battle for Minas Tirith. Even at the very end, he did not simply submit to Mordor but took the only other action he thought he could. Here is a look at his last moments, as Denethor thinks back on the memories and relationships that have defined him. A rather book-based look at a most enigmatic steward.

[While this story does not contain objectionable material, it does deal with mature themes relating to death and destruction that younger readers may find disconcerting. Please use discretion when deciding whether or not to read this piece.]

Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Updated
1 Pride and Despair 5,299 17 Feb 13
2 Author's Notes 1,201 17 Feb 13
3 Trailer 457 17 Feb 13
Appx. Word Count 6,957  

Pride and Despair is Entered in These Challenges

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Challenge Type Entered
Son of Ecthelion Closed September 23, 2004
A VERY Interesting Question... Closed November 09, 2004
The Forgotten Ones Closed November 09, 2004
Three Colours Trilogy challenge Closed November 09, 2004

Challenge Entries by Marta

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Challenge Type Title Entered
July 2007 Birthdays Closed Marta's 2007 Birthday Cards July 14, 2007
The Anti-Valentine's Day Quickie Closed Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady February 12, 2007
July 2006 Birthday Challenge Closed Marta's 2006 Birthday Cards July 27, 2006
Birthday Challenge: HASA Turns Four Closed Four for the Elven-lords July 07, 2006
The Matter of Eowyn: Heroine or Deserter? Oliphaunt The Worst of All Evils April 23, 2006
An Exciting Drabble Challenge Closed Truly Exposed September 13, 2005
Captain of Gondor Closed Inheritances September 09, 2005
July 2005 Birthday Drabbles Closed Marta's 2005 Birthday Drabbles June 29, 2005
Movieverse Essays Challenge Closed In Defence of Gollum May 18, 2005
Death to Fanon! Closed Summer Nights April 14, 2005
Death to Fanon! Closed Hope Rekindled April 14, 2005
Death to Fanon! Closed Dulce Et Decorum Est April 14, 2005
Death to Fanon! Closed Conspiracy Forged, A April 14, 2005
Religion in Middle-earth Closed Stock and Stone April 14, 2005
All OCs, All the Time Oliphaunt Stock and Stone April 14, 2005
Tales Unheard Closed Sam's Gift April 14, 2005
Tales Unheard Closed How Many Years? April 14, 2005
Tales Unheard Closed Best Brew in Buckland, The April 14, 2005
Tolkien's Challenge Closed How Many Years? April 14, 2005
Your Favorite Poem! Closed Death Doth Come April 14, 2005
Your Favorite Poem! Closed Water and Flame April 14, 2005
Your Favorite Poem! Closed Fire and Ice April 14, 2005
Original Characters Challenge Closed Summer Nights April 14, 2005
Original Characters Challenge Closed Stock and Stone April 14, 2005
Original Characters Challenge Closed His Precious April 14, 2005
Working Life in Middle-earth Closed Summer Nights March 03, 2005
Working Life in Middle-earth Closed Dulce Et Decorum Est March 03, 2005
Pub Crawl Closed Best Brew in Buckland, The March 03, 2005
The Forgotten Ones Closed Hope Rekindled March 03, 2005
The Forgotten Ones Closed Elements of the Resistance March 03, 2005
The Forgotten Ones Closed Beyond the Borders March 03, 2005
Five Elements Challenge Closed Elements of the Resistance March 03, 2005
Quickies Qtr 1, 2005 Closed Long-expected Visitor, A March 03, 2005
Son of Ecthelion Closed Dulce Et Decorum Est February 26, 2005
When Out the Hellish Legion Sallied... Closed Cold Be Heart - A Hobbit Ghost Story November 09, 2004
Baby Smeagol Nuzgûl Sucking Eggses November 09, 2004
Baby Smeagol Nuzgûl His Precious November 09, 2004
Three Colours Trilogy challenge Closed Pride and Despair November 09, 2004
The Forgotten Ones Closed Pride and Despair November 09, 2004
The Forgotten Ones Closed Sucking Eggses November 09, 2004
The Forgotten Ones Closed His Precious November 09, 2004
A VERY Interesting Question... Closed Pride and Despair November 09, 2004
A VERY Interesting Question... Closed How Many Years? November 09, 2004
Quickies Qtr 4, 2004 Closed How Many Years? November 09, 2004
Rah, Rah - Goooooo Fight! Closed Marta's Drinking Songs November 09, 2004
Son of Ecthelion Closed Pride and Despair September 23, 2004
Kids do the darndest things... Closed Conspiracy Forged, A September 12, 2004
Culture and sexuality Closed Summer Nights August 11, 2004
HASA 2005 Birthday Challenge Closed Cold Be Heart - A Hobbit Ghost Story July 08, 2004
I'll Drink to That! Closed Best Brew in Buckland, The May 06, 2004
Son of Ecthelion Closed How Many Years? April 24, 2004
Tale By Any Other Name, A Closed Hole Possessed, A April 16, 2004
Behind Closed Doors Closed Summer Nights April 12, 2004
HA Birthday Challenge Closed Sam's Gift April 08, 2004
HA Birthday Challenge Closed Conspiracy Forged, A April 08, 2004
Galadriel's Mirror Nuzgûl Sam's Gift April 05, 2004
Tale By Any Other Name, A Closed Water and Flame March 31, 2004
Don't Worry, Be Happy Closed Wine Is Fine, but Ale Works As Well March 18, 2004
I'll Drink to That! Closed Marta's Drinking Songs March 03, 2004
Quickies Qtr 4, 2003 Closed Sucking Eggses December 24, 2003
Things That Go Bump In the Night Closed Cold Be Heart - A Hobbit Ghost Story October 26, 2003

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Story Information

Author: Marta

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/04

Original Post: 09/13/04

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