Fell and Fair: 4. 8 April, Morning

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4. 8 April, Morning

Lórien, A Week before the Battle
Morning of 8 April

Galadriel, at her Mirror

Two vast armies against one!

The Steward's soldiers, outmanned and outmanoeuvred, are pursued by Easterlings north across Limlaith... but, beyond, broad Anduin bars their way.

There is but one escape from Parth Celebrant's narrow peninsula, and a horde of Orcs rushes south from Nanduhirion to block it.

Snared between Balchoth and Glamhoth, the Steward will fall.

But what is this? A great host of fair horsemen hastens southwards through Anduin's vales... Riders of the North! Come to aid Gondor? Will they reach the beleaguered remnant in time?

Does my Mirror show what was, what is, or what may yet be?

Elrohir, with Celeborn

Wearing naught but breech-clouts and braids, and bearing live steel, our sword-thrusts flash harder, faster, closer.... Drops of sweat fly off our bodies. We dance the ancient patterns of pending death — lunge, duck, feint, and spin. The ever-circling contest of will and skill focuses our awareness, as the quickening clashes of blade measure a lethal cadence.

"Celeborn!" Galadriel's call intrudes; Grandfather's parry is delayed an instant. I snatch my steel away and dive aside gracelessly.

Breathing heavily, he lends me a hand up, and then turns to chide Grandmother for inopportune timing — but halts the moment he sees her eyes.

Celeborn, commander of the Galadhrim

I consider Galadriel's tidings.

"Though your Mirror is at times unreliable, we cannot disregard portents of warfare nearby. We must assume they will soon come to pass.

"Two tasks now lie before us:

"We must prepare Lórien's defence. The Orc-captains will skirt our boundaries, but their ill-disciplined ranks may stray."

My second-in-command nods, already devising plans.

"And we must aid these Riders, if they are to turn the tide of Gondor's war. They alone have the numbers. We will send word of the battleground and disposition of their foes."

I need no Mirror to foresee our grandsons claiming this mission.

Hirvegil, Celeborn's second-in-command

"Your plans, Hirvegil?"

"My lord, I will send dispatches to the march wardens now, to alert them of possible Orc activity.

"And I will muster all off-duty warriors. They leave at daybreak to reinforce the eastern and southern marches.

"The outposts were just provisioned; I will request a speedier resupply of lembas, by the Lady's leave."

Celeborn nods. "And the outside scouts?"

"Will be recalled at once. With intelligence from the Mirror, we need not risk sending spies outside our borders — especially to Nanduhirion. We will monitor enemy movements from within Lórien."

"Good. See to it."

I bow and depart.


"Hold a moment, Hirvegil!" I exclaim.

"You have further thoughts?" asks Celeborn.

"Indeed. We know that the strongest weapon of the Northmen is surprise; yet they approach watchful lands, south of Gladden.

"The Shadow can make much mischief if they are betrayed by sight or sound. We must blind the eye of Dol Guldur."

"What do you intend?"

"I will summon a shadeless fog to surround the Riders and conceal their passage. It will also hearten them, heal their weariness, and thus speed their way.

"We have held back Darkness for many ages. This mist will be Light made manifest."


"Your plan should indeed permit these Riders to arrive in secret, with strength left to avail. But can you sustain so vast a shield for so long?"

"I can." With your support, my love. "And, if you concur, I will first veil Lórien."

"Could our warriors discern lurking enemies through this mist?"

"Yes. Elven eyes will pierce its walls outwards, but not inwards; mortal eyes will not. Within, the mist will be well-lit."

"Good. Though our scouts must be recalled beforehand. Hirvegil?"

"I will notify you of their return, likely by nightfall."

"Very well. My lady, I accept your proposal."

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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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Elena Tiriel - 27 Dec 07 - 9:52 AM

Ch. 4: 8 April, Morning

Hi Denise!

Oh, hooray! My compliments to the tabloid!

Yes, I understand that dumpster-diving is occasionally lucrative.... Wink

This is a wonderful set of drabbles depicting a... legendary relationship. *g* I've never seen Celeborn treated quite like this, but love the results - and the ending.

Thank you! You do know that you inspired this set of drabbles, don't you? Laugh out loud I read your extremely kind MEFA review on Christmas Eve, which gave me the kernel of an idea.... and I stayed up all night to write the drabbles and post them on Christmas Day. (And I've actually tweaked them several times since.... usually I get that out of my system before I post new material, but this was a very special occasion!)

The insults are inspired, and this is quite the lovely image:
Glaring, he sends for his sword and slowly starts to strip.
*Denise fades into dreamland for a while...*

ROTFLMAO Yes, I was rather fond of that line myself... do you know that I had one extra word available, so added slowly at the very last minute? I think it added a certain je ne sais quoi.... and it does explain why Celeborn and Elrohir later were sparring wearing naught but breethclouts and braids, and bearing live steel.... Pimp

Also loved: The Lady would be angry if I unduly disabled him...
The Lady? You'd better worry about Celeborn's fangurls, Hirvegil.

LOL! I think Hirvegil actually knows that.... he is the one who told Celeborn that a blunted weapon doesn't suit him (though I swear I didn't plan that! I just let them snark....) Devilish

Great job, Elena Tiriel, and a sweet Christmas present for us readers!

Thank you so much for the compliment, Denise, and especially for inspiring this chapter! Wave It was really great fun to write!

- Barbara

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Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 9:50 AM

Ch. 4: 8 April, Morning

A good plan, and one that worked well for centuries....

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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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