Dwimordene's birthday drabbles 2005: 1. The Usurper - by Elena Tiriel

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1. The Usurper - by Elena Tiriel


The Usurper


"Ornendil, son of Eldacar, bow down before your King!"

He refuses! This renegade refuses to submit to me: the King of Gondor! And now he dares to call me pretender?

"Silence!" My fury will be felt!

The Captain of my Guard salutes. "Sire, should we hang him from the bridge to rot with the other dissidents?"

"No! Summon the people of Osgiliath to the Tower, then take him there and proclaim his disloyalty publicly..." I briefly weigh the most fitting penalty, then smile as I settle on the sentence, relishing my ascendancy.

"Sire?"

"Break his back. Then burn the city!"

***

'Castamir had not long sat upon the throne before he proved himself haughty and ungenerous. He was a cruel man, as he had first shown in the taking of Osgiliath. He caused Ornendil son of Eldacar, who was captured, to be put to death; and the slaughter and destruction done in the city at his bidding far exceeded the needs of war.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion


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: Dwimordene

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - The Kings

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/26/05

Original Post: 04/28/05

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