Fell and Fair: 12. 14-15 April, Night

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12. 14-15 April, Night

The Crossings of Limlaith
Night of 14-15 April

Durwarth, the Balchoth general

"The enemy is contained, bound by broad rivers on three sides. Our Orc partners bar their retreat by land, and our encampments block the only fords." So report my returning spies.

Little do I trust these Orcs — alleged allies, imposed on us by the Great One — but their malice towards the sea-kings exceeds their hostility to us. They will not waver... for now.

Time to spring the trap!

Yet no great commander risks battle without the ritual consultation of the skies. I summon my faithful soothsayer; well does he know his duty.

The heavens must first smile on our plans.

Orthand, the Balchoth seer

Three days have I fasted, awaiting leave to proceed, uneasy that the Stinging Scorpion's heart — smouldering ember-red — lies hidden below the horizon.

Midnight arrives; I gulp the bitter seer's draught, stumble outside, and face the wheeling stars.

The Circling Wain, standing upended, betokens the North. Eastwards, the Crouching Lion offers no omens. The Blue Blaze honours the Victorious Warrior, his sword dripping... still no portents.

But the Rutting Oryx bears a flaming red eye and more: the Blood Raider pierces its pulsing heart!

I sink to my knees, dizzy with relief.

Now my lord will allow me food and drink.

Talfar, a young Balchoth conscript

Our venerable commander speaks of auspicious stars and anointing ourselves with enemy blood. Mindful of duty, I join the acclaim when expected.

My forefathers were but humble traders; by good fortune, the brave swordsman Ulbar saw fit to favour me by teaching me warrior ways. He said I resembled his son, nine winters — my age! — when he fell. Were Ulbar's eyes shining?

The commander concludes, "By the Will of the Great One, today we triumph!"

I mouth the expected response... until the banner-bearer raises high the Scorpion on Blood. My heart swells. We shout as one:

"To victory! Victory! Victory!"

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: 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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Fell and Fair

Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 11:56 AM

Ch. 12: 14-15 April, Night

I love looking on this moment with 20/20 hindsight, knowing all this came to naught.

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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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