Leithian Script: Act I: 4. Epilogue

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4. Epilogue

A Boy, A Girl & A Dog
The Lay of Leithian Dramatic Script Project


An Appointment in Menegroth

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THE THRONE-ROOM SCENE OF THE LAY OF LEITHIAN

retold in the vernacular as a dramatic script
(with apologies to Messrs. Tolkien & Shakespeare)

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EPILOGUE

[Outside the opening of the Caverns leading to the Palace. To either side lean the Captain and Bowman of Doriath; they are playing a game similar to 'Rock-Scissors-Paper' but with edged aerial objects.]

Beleg: [between throws, leadingly]
Oh, oh, wait -- I know what they are.

Mablung:
What?

Beleg:
In a word? --Fell.

Mablung:
Heh.

[Beren enters through the gates, slowly, looking backwards, oblivious to the knives being tossed to and fro.]

Beleg:
Careful there --

[In a flash Beren transforms from distracted lover to superwarrior, spinning round and drawing sword and dagger at once to ward against all comers. Seeing the Doriath Rangers he remains in guard position while he speaks.]

Beren:
What are you doing here?

Beleg: [reasonably]
Waiting.

Beren:
For what?

Beleg:
Just waiting.

Beren: [lowers blades but does not put them up]
You're here to see that I leave the grounds promptly and without any trouble, right?

Beleg: [shrugs]
Something like that, yes.

Beren:
Something exactly like that, I'll bet.

Beleg:
Clever lad. You'll go far, I shouldn't doubt.

Beren:
Don't.

Mablung: [sotto voce]
But will you come back again, I wonder?

Beren:
Nothing -- and no one -- is going to stop me. --I don't expect you to believe me.

Mablung:
So you're really off to infiltrate Morgoth's bunker? Defy the Lord of Paranoids himself, succeed where even Feanor (not to mention the Great of Arda) went down in flames?

Beren: [defensive]
Yup.

Mablung: [guessing wildly]
And you're what, all of fifty summers?

Beren: [still more defensive]
Twenty-five. I think. --Wish me luck, why don't you?

Mablung: [seriously]
Oh, we do. We do indeed.

Beren: [disbelieving]
Hmph.

[He turns and starts to walk off.]

Beleg:
Ah, not to be overly critical, but Angband's that way, not the way you're going.

Mablung:
--Unless he's thinking of swinging by Nargothrond first.

Beren:
Clever fellow. Any final words of advice or farewell?

Beleg:
Hm...'Be careful'?

Mablung:
'Good luck' ?

Beleg:
--Yourself?

Beren:
Tell them that I won't come back empty-handed, and that they will see me again.

Mablung:
Beren.

[They lock stares. Pause.]

--The light of Elbereth go with you.

Beren: [serious]
Thank you . . . Sir. --Look after her for me.

Mablung:
We always do.

Beleg: [sotto voce]
We try, at any rate.

[Beren looks round, pulls himself together, and vanishes into the forest.]

Beleg:
Did you see how he did that?

Mablung:
You neither, eh? --Twenty-five.

[shakes head]

Beleg:
Think we'll see him again?

Mablung: [shrugs]
I'm no seer.

Beleg:
Same here. Definitely. Herself, as well.

Mablung:
You saw that too, eh? What do you think will come of it all?

Beleg:
Oh, death, destruction, woe and lamentation.

Mablung:
The usual, then. --This place is starting to get to me again. Up for a warg-hunt, Strongbow old chap?

Beleg:
Silly question. Whenever not?

[They leave, strolling leisurely. Luthien appears in the doorway.]

Luthien: [softly]
Beren, you've made me see time as a mortal woman does. It's been an hour already! How will I survive a day -- a week -- a year? Come back soon, my love, and safe, or I promise you I'll follow you to the ends of Middle-earth -- or the stars.

[fade to black]

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Story Information

Author: Philosopher At Large

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 1st Age

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/25/03

Original Post: 06/20/02

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Unfinished plots, still a happy reader - 6 stories - Owner: Julie
These stories are double treats, despite being uncompleted. Althought I would heartily cheer to discover new chapters, setting is of equal importance to me as story, and these all contain complete and useful gapfillers of various places and periods in the history of Middle Earth. (Some of these have complete beginning stories, but haven't gotten to the end of the plot.) (I'm quoting from the author's overview summaries because I'm having problems trying to make good descriptions.) Created for the HASA Playlist Challenge.
Included because: " The Lay of Leithian retold in the vernacular a a dramatic script, part II. Humor/Drama." I'm recommending Acts I through IV; nearly all the plot is finished. The Luthien & Beren story with lots of Silmarillion gapfilling.

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