Voices of Middle-Earth: 16. Shieldmaiden

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16. Shieldmaiden

~*~Shieldmaiden~*~ "War is the province of men?" We shall see. I have much to live for? To sit at home combing my locks, mending hose, shepherding infants, planning menus, gazing eastward when my palm itches to grip my bright sword? To rule in ruins I've no wish. Yet something tells me there is a deed marked for me alone. Perhaps we've each a mission that was stamped with our name ere the date of our making, however we would let it pass from us, and engrave it with another and sit at home gazing from an eastern window. We may each, however tender and questioning be the link between life as we know it and the end of all singing. And so we heed the dark clarion and if it also sound our doom, so be it. Who are we to dismiss that trumpet, even though it call through horse-shrieks, ripping flesh, thunder-drums, iron wheels, shattered ramparts- or brotherly disdain? Who can say that my small blade be not destined to smite the bond that holds this land in thrall? Who knows what lofty tapestries may be woven from the nettles of stinging chaos? We each, man or woman, great or tiny, own the key that opens one cage or many, releasing the future even if it means that we ourselves become the past, names sung only in the ballads of the forgetful free. We will listen, leaning on the parapets of the heroes' halls and smile at one another saying: Indeed, yond bard hath a fine voice and maketh his mother proud….....

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: Armariel

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/19/11

Original Post: 01/09/05

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