Fell and Fair: 11. 14 April, Late evening

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11. 14 April, Late evening


At camp on Parth Celebrant
Late evening of 14 April


Cirion, Steward of Gondor

The calm before the storm.

I walk about the cheerless camp, speaking quiet words to my men. Few can sleep.

The untried youths look forward to a decisive battle, wearied of skirmishes and retreats, sure of the outcome.

The slightly older soldiers seem embarrassed by this conceit, understanding that the decision might not be ours. Some use charcoal to write their names and hometowns on their tunics.

The old campaigners hone their weapons resolutely. They know battle mounds are communal and unmarked — if any survive to raise them.

I seek my tent to write the final letter to my son.


Cirion, with his messengers

My grandfather lost Ithilien; now Calenardhon also is forfeit. Worse yet, at last I perceive all too clearly how I was drawn into endangering Gondor's very existence.

My son must be warned.


I summon the remaining errand-riders — beardless youths, both! — to carry my last words to Hallas.

So many sons of Gondor squandered... but better these die riding free than ensnared here like vermin.

"The message is written in Quenya, which I believe the enemy cannot translate. Do you understand?"

The older one's eyes widen, but he masters himself, turning to his puzzled brother.

"We must not be taken alive."


Tegilbor, Cirion's scribe

Hastily, I copy Cirion's letter while he instructs his dispatch-riders.

Hallas,

Our plight is dire. You must reinforce Mering forthwith and prepare to defend Minas Tirith.

We are vastly outnumbered, trapped on the Celebrant fields by Balchoth to the south and Orcs to the west. I expect our last stand on the morrow.

My dear son, I hope that you might someday forgive your father, who so badly failed in his duty to protect the realm entrusted to him.

Valar keep you and Gondor safe.


I duck my head to blow on the wet ink and hide my brimming eyes.

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.

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Author: Elena Tiriel

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/09

Original Post: 04/18/05

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Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 11:39 AM

Ch. 11: 14 April, Late evening

It's certainly a valid worry!

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Hello,

I am a new author who is serious about improving my writing. Your comments, both positive and negative, will be treasured, evaluated, and incorporated freely!

Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

My fiction includes:

Fell and Fair (for the Sons of Elrond at the Field of Celebrant and the Alternate Perspectives Challenges)

ET's Legolas Song Parodies (for the International Legolas Month Song Parody Palooza Challenge)

Famous First Lines (for the It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Challenge)

Holiday Carols, Middle Earth-style (for the Carols in Middle-earth Challenge)

and numerous drabbles, including: Alas, Poor Ufthak!

I also compiled many entries for the HASA Resource Library, including the following small sampling:

Interesting People to Meet & Greet:
Orophin & Rúmil, The Bardings, and The Beornings

Cool Places to See & Be Seen:
The Elf-path, The Forest Gate, The High Pass of Rivendell, The Old Forest Road, Undertowers, The Westmarch, and Libraries of the Shire

Wild Fauna to Look (Out) For:
Black Squirrels, Butterflies, Hunting Dogs, The Kine of Araw, Giant Bats, Giant Moths, and Giant Spiders

Toothsome Treats to Eat:
Honey-cakes of the Beornings

Magical Powers to Admire (from a safe distance):
The Unlight of Ungoliant

Great Literature to Read:
The Red Book, The Thain's Book - Annotated Copy of the Red Book, Findegil's Copy of the Thain's Book, The Akallabêth, Herblore of the Shire, Old Words and Names in the Shire, The Reckoning of Years, The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, The Tale of Years, and Translations from the Elvish

Important Events to Remember:
The Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs, and The Battle of Dale and Siege of Erebor

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