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Assorted Drabbles: 14. What the Lightning Said


For the Tolkien_weekly Weather: Lightning challenge on LiveJournal. MEFA 2010 award winner - Third Place: Genres: Character Study: Gondor Drabbles.


What the Lightning Said: 20th June 3018, Minas Tirith


Sultry night hangs over the White City, hot and heavy as velvet. Every casement stands wide open yet even here, at the Citadel's pinnacle, not a breath of breeze stirs.
 
A tall, spare Man gazes Eastward, where distant lightning flickers violently over the unassailable wall of the Ephel Duath.  His knuckles tighten on the window's edge.  My sons...
 

He turns suddenly on his heel, the sword at his hip glinting for an instant in the lamplight, and striding to a small table at the room's centre lifts a midnight-blue cloth, revealing a perfect sphere of dark glass. I must see!....

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Author's note:


20th June 3018 is the night on which the Ringwraiths under their Black Captain assail the Anduin bridge at Osgiliath, an attack which only Boromir, Faramir and two of their company survive.  Title filched obliquely  - imitation being the sincerest form, and all that - from Altariel.



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Last Update: 05 Nov 10
Stories: 15
Type: Reader List
Created By: Elena Tiriel


Elena Tiriel's favorite drabbles (vignettes of precisely 100 words), drabble multiples, or drabble series from Tolkien fanfic; a very personal and eclectic list of drabbles at HASA that have touched me in some way. See Inspiring Stories for a list of favorite stories of other types.

Why This Story?

See Olórin I was in my Youth in the West that is Forgotten; a perfect gem of a drabble with hauntingly beautiful language.

 

Story Information

Author: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/11/11

Original Post: 07/16/04

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