Two Towers - Drabbled, The: 13. The Passage of the Marshes

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13. The Passage of the Marshes

Passing. Bent as beggars in a cold land, three from the stone heights on the corpse-light plains: Gollum-guide, gardener, and he the grim-burdened last of all. Alive without breath, cold as death, weighing heavy as air unbroken by birdsong, as air beneath wraith wings, and 'tis not his own face that peers at him from the mirror of meres.

Passing. Bread for the journey—is it enough? Shall the face in the waters be his own? Guide gibbers with the golem-creature, more mud than man, and the fallen garden is sad earth between Sam's fingers.

Passing—stray shadows stretching eastwards...


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.

Story Information

Author: HA Writers Group

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 10/21/04

Original Post: 09/11/03

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