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Recaptured!: 6. King Théoden

Gandalf made his way swiftly down the Orthanc steps, Pippin
was no weight on his shoulder and the wizard began to regret his decision to
leave Merry behind. "Both wasted away to nothing," he muttered
angrily. "I could have carried the pair with one hand. Can't be helped
now. I'll send Aragorn up for Merry as soon as I get down." Gandalf
continued his musings. "No, not Aragorn, I need him to tend to this little
one. Legolas then, he will be swift and gentle."

But when Gandalf reached the bottom of the stairwell he was
dismayed to find only King Théoden waiting there. "Where are the others,
my Lord?" The wizard asked urgently.

"A band of orcs attacked the Ents with fire."
Théoden indicated beyond the broken Isengard gates. "Your companions and
Éomer went to assist them." Théoden looked at Pippin as Gandalf gently
eased the little hobbit from his shoulder to cradle him in his arms. "So
this is a halfling? You spoke truly Gandalf. Until now I thought they existed
only in legend."

"Yes, but I fear he may die" Gandalf felt Pippin
stir a little and moved his arm to hold him more securely. "He is very
ill. And I have had to leave his companion on the tower alone."

"What may I do to help?" King Théoden felt deeply
moved by the vulnerable little creature. "Shall I take this little one? Or
I could climb the stairs and bring the other down."

"I must summon help for Pippin." Gandalf felt very
torn. "I need Gimli to break this metal band off his wrist, for Dwarves
are skilled in such matters. I also need the help of Aragorn who is skilled in
healing. Legolas could go – once I find him,"

"Then I shall climb up and bring the other to
safety." Théoden stepped onto the stairs. "Gandalf, you cannot be
responsible for everything and everyone."

"Thank you Théoden." Gandalf was still anxious
though. "But I don't think Merry will be willing to go with someone he
does not know. Also Saruman has blinded him and he is badly hurt. I fear he
would find it difficult to traverse the steps, even with help."

"And you think he will not let me, a stranger, bear
him." Théoden voiced Gandalf's unspoken fears. "Or perhaps I am too
old to cope with even such a small burden." Théoden smiled as the wizard
did not contradict him. "I could send one of my men, but that might alarm
him further. No I shall go aloft and sit with him and guard him. At least he
should not be alone."

Gandalf could see the sense in this. "Very well My Lord
Théoden, but let me send a message to Meriadoc, that is his name, but most call
him 'Merry'. A message that will reassure any doubts of your allegiance. Say to
him, 'Gandalf understood why you stole The Tribute to Smaug. It
was a grand firework.' He will know what that means."

"Very well. I shall remember." Théoden resumed his
climb. "I will wait for you or for Legolas to come."

Gandalf hurried out, with Pippin in his arms, to search for
the three hunters.

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Last Update: 03 Apr 05
Stories: 15
Type: Workshop/Group List
Created By: Marta's Playlists

Stories I have read and liked, dealing primarily with interactions between members of the Fellowship.

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Story Information

Author: Llinos

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Action

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 03/23/07

Original Post: 06/26/02

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Chapter List

1. A Twist in the Tale

2. Hobbit Hurling

3. Merry Yule and Orange Pips

4. A Palantír Is Not A Toy

5. Rescue

6. King Théoden

7. Pippin

8. Merry

9. Gandalf

10. Legolas

11. The Council

12. Interlude

13. The Road To Edoras

14. Poppy Paste

15. Attack!

16. All In Pippin's Mind

17. Merry Gets Sad

18. Pippin Gets High

19. A Sulky Hobbit

20. Poor Merry

21. Fever

22. Don't Let Me Go!

23. Bitter and Sweet

24. The Trial

25. Crime and Punishment

26. The Show

27. Drums of War

28. Rumblings

29. Searching

30. Converging

31. Betrayal

32. Aftermath

33. Wraithride

34. Lessons

35. Stigmata

36. Decisions

37. Ménage à trois

38. Misunderstandings

39. Visions

40. Remembering

41. Summoned

42. The Plan

43. Confrontation

44. Questions

45. Goodbye

46. Gone

47. Recovery

48. Promises

49. Friends and Strangers

50. Knots and Plots

51. Hide The Hobbit

52. Lost and Found

53. Promises and Threats

54. Blood and Water

55. Dead or Alive

56. Sad and Lonely

57. Hide and Seek

58. Near and Far

59. Touch and Go

60. Questions and Answers

61. Rough and Tumble

62. Beyond Help

63. Planning and Scheming

64. Requiescat

65. Echoes

66. Bribery and Corruption

67. Quo Vadis?

68. Friend or Foe

69. Terra Incognita

70. Caveat

71. Déjà vu

72. Truth and Lies

73. Catching Up

74. frodosam

75. Partings and Meetings

76. Gollum and Co

77. Shelob's Revenge

78. Rendezvous

79. Quartet

80. Needing Help

81. Perilous Paths

82. It's Magnic!

83. Ambush

84. Many Meetings

85. Telling the Tale

86. Love in a Shirt

87. News Fair and Foul

88. Rejoined

89. Minas Tirith

90. Honours

91. Bonding

92. Trusting to Luck

93. Conversations

94. Dangerous Thoughts

95. No Escape

96. No Surrender

97. Coup de gras

98. Requiescat In Pace

99. Feelings

100. Dead or Alive

101. Tales and Toil

102. Boromir The Brave

103. Calon Lân - (A Pure Heart)

104. In Dreams

105. The Last Debate

106. Battle Plans

107. Hey Ho To the Battle I Go!

108. Getting There

109. Who Wants To Play?