September 2006 Birthday Challenge

Gandalfs apprentice's 2006 Birthday Gifts

18. Weary Beyond Joy Or Sorrow? - by Imhiriel

Aragorn's only acknowledgment of Gandalf as the flap shut out the dawn was a cursory glance from dull eyes, his attention solely on the campbed.

Like a puppet with cut strings, he crashed to his knees beside it.

Trembling with more than fatigue, his hand crept forth, combing a lock from the still face of the figure laid there.

Gandalf touched his shoulder.

The leash on Aragorn's composure snapped. His head jerked up, eyes raging. At the intrusion. At what this day had cost, the dearest price here before him.

Then, with strained, grief-racked sounds, he accepted Gandalf's sheltering arms.

A/N: The title (without the question mark) is from RotK, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

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Author: Gandalfs apprentice

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Last Updated: 10/01/06

Original Post: 08/22/06

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