2. Author's Note
"March 15 is certainly an important day in Middle-earth history. The entry from the Tale of Years for March 15, 3019 reads:
"In the early hours the Witch-king breaks the Gates of the City. Denethor burns himself on a pyre. The horn of the Rohirrim are heard at cockcrow. Battle of the Pelennor. Theoden is slain. Aragorn raises the standard of Arwen. Frodo and Samwise escape [from Cirith Ungol] and begin their journey north along the Morgai. Battle under the trees in Mirkwood. Thranduil repels the forces of Dol Guldur. Second assault on Lothlorien.
"So pick any one of these events, or any other that happened on March 15, and write a story about it. The only catch is, your story cannot be told from the POV of any of the following characters: Any member of the Fellowship, Denethor, Faramir, Theoden, Eomer, Eowyn....
"A thousand words or less."
So if you were wondering why I chose to write Halbarad's death from his own point of view, that's why. I chose this moment because I always felt that Halbarad's death offstage (it's only mentioned at the end of the chapter) was sort of unfair and unfitting for him, especially because of his closeness with Aragorn.