Return of the King - Drabbled, The: 10. The Black Gate Opens

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10. The Black Gate Opens

After the White City’s defense comes the last throw. Hope rides East. The Lords of Gondor claim their due.

Dread oppresses from above. Evil grows. At Mordor’s borders, a choice: go on through the wasteland or turn back to retake fairer lands.

The Black Gate, where the Captains’ failure is the failure of all. Sauron’s Mouth answers the challenge of Mordor’s enemies, showing tokens of the Quest’s miscarriage. Fate hangs upon a thread of folly.

Gandalf, light in darkness, calls the bluff, the trap is sprung. Frodo’s success stops the battle short.

Troll’s bane, Pippin does not see the Eagles.


By MadGamgee

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: 09/19/03

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