Fell and Fair: 8. 12 April, Late Morning

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8. 12 April, Late Morning


The Vales of Anduin, Near the Mirkwood Narrows
Late Morning of 12 April


Felaróf, Father of Horses

Two strangers of my kindred approach!

From past the southern edge of land and sky, beyond my Rider's sight, they gallop towards us.

Their form is superb: lithe of limb, strong of haunch, and sure of foot. So smooth and swift is their gait that their sires must have danced attendance with mine in the trail of Nahar. They carry their Riders proudly and freely.

But what manner of Riders are these, with midnight manes and twilight overskins streaming in the wind? They must be lords of great honour for such noble stallions to willingly bear them.

My Rider tenses.


Elladan

The young lord raises his hand, and the thunder of hoofs fades. We slow our mounts to a walk, showing weaponless hands as we near. He and his second warily ride forwards.

"Hail and well met! We are Elladan and Elrohir, sons of Elrond of Rivendell. We convey greetings from the Lord and Lady of Lórien."

He blinks. "The Sorceress of Dwimordene?" he scoffs. "She is but a children's tale!" His second looks askance at him.

Stunned, I glare; Elrohir's voice turns icy. "She is our grandmother."

His face drains of color as he grasps the depth of his insult.


Eorl, Lord of the Éothéod

"Forgive me, my words were rash!" Each nods, though curtly.

"I am Eorl, lord of these Riders; Éomund here is chief captain. What brings you to these empty vales?"

"We carry tidings of Gondor's war — and offer to join weapons with yours."

"That is... unexpected."

"Elves are said to be fell-handed, Eorl," Éomund mutters in my ear. "For the men's sake, look past your mistrust! 'Twould be folly to spurn such aid."

They glance at one another, feral grins matching. "Indeed," one says. "We have some skill with blade and bow."

The hairs on the back of my neck prickle.


Elrohir, that evening

As we groom our horses, Éomund approaches.

"I hope you will not hold Eorl's tart tongue against him. He is often hasty with words, but great-hearted in deed. His father, Léod, was more horse master than diplomat."

I smile. "Men of the North have ever spoken forthrightly, Captain. Yet we know them to be fierce with foes and welcoming to friends.

Elladan adds, "We bear him no grudge from this morning."

Looking relieved, the captain runs a practiced eye over Suldal and Narothal.

"Your stallions are splendid, more fine-boned than ours but swift as war-hawks. Tell me of their bloodlines...."

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 - 10:14 AM

Ch. 8: 12 April, Late Morning

Trust a horse-lord to question the bloodlines of his new allies' steeds!  Heh!

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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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