Where Love Is: 10. Nine

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10. Nine

winter, 470


I hate your Oath. I do not pretend to feign surprise that you were capable of swearing it. I know you too well for that. But its legacy is cruel: forever binding us to the past, with all its wounds and anguishes, perpetuating with words what we might have conquered with time. And for what? The Silmarils, created things, fair indeed, but temporal. Jewels and a dead man's grief.

I want to love you, but another man comes between us: a Son of Fëanor, proud and rash, bent on vengeance. A man who has sworn his life away with words binding as the vows of our love, invoking curse, not blessing. When I reach out for you, it is this man whom I find, this living anachronism who masquerades as my beloved, and moves him to ill deeds.

Swear a new oath, one I can swear beside you. Other memory consumes your thoughts, I know: the cliffs of Thangorodrim like a purgatory of the mind, a place that neither of us shall ever truly leave. You, who suffered so excruciatingly, and I who beheld your dangling frame in anguish, who cut through sinew and bone to free you, and felt the pain I inflicted in the core of my own heart. If we are to war, let this be our rallying oath--to avenge you and all of us, and to ruin the prisons of the Enemy forever.

Beloved... I wonder what will come of all this--Doriath and the sons of Fëanor, you and I--and cannot find an answer.

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: toastedcheese

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Romance

Rating: General

Last Updated: 07/25/06

Original Post: 07/16/06

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First Age - 24 stories - Owner: oshun
My Time of the Trees and First Age favorites
Included because: Third Age reflecting on First Age - Arwen reads the story of the love of Fingon and Maedhros

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