War and Remembrance
15. Hope Beyond Despair
As Eomer stood he cursed and kicked the earth into the air. He had never witnessed a battle this terrible in his lifetime, but it could not be avoided. If they did nothing, they would die. If they fought, they would die. He found himself questioning the meaning of all this, and the meaning of life in general. What good is the valor of the slain if they are all to die anyway? Hope? Is that it? Hope for what? At that time Theoden came up and placed his hand on his nephew's shoulder, saying only one thing that made sense out of all of Eomer's doubts.
"Our people are safe"
This answer rang crystal clear in Eomer's heart. Yes, that is why they fought. To give hope to those who cannot fight, and as long as just one man still drew breath, no sacrifice would be in vain. As long as those with courage in their hearts stand fast in the face of the swirling tides than nothing can stand against them.
Eomer resolved to be strong. For himself, and for his people.
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