Cold be Hand and Heart and Bone: 1. Cold be Hand and Heart and Bone

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1. Cold be Hand and Heart and Bone

It was pitch-dark in the ancient barrow, its entrance barred by massive slabs of stone.

The blood reverently washed away from his spear-wound, the prince was laid out, in the company of his forefathers' forefathers. His apparel was of befitting richness, packed by some servant even in hasty retreat from Angmar; in his hands a blue-jewelled brooch, loving token from his lady.

Out of the depths of the mound, a figure, barely visible in a sudden wan, eerie light, crept towards the bier.

A cold, harsh whisper chanted repugnant, bone-freezing incantations.

A groping hand touched the body...

The prince stirred.


- Title and inspiration from FotR, Fog on the Barrow-down.
- "It is said that the mounds of Tyrn Gorthad [...] are very ancient, and that many were built in the days of the old world of the First Age by the forefathers of the Edain[...] Some say that the mound in which the Ring-bearer was imprisoned had been the grave of the last prince of Cardolan, who fell in the war of 1409. (RotK, Appendix A I (iii))

18.10.06 B-drabble for IgnobleBard, who requested a scary story with a frightening theme or unexpected twist.

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: Imhiriel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Kings

Genre: Other

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/16/09

Original Post: 06/11/07

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Cold be Hand and Heart and Bone

Aganaphel - 12 Jun 07 - 5:24 AM

Ch. 1: Cold be Hand and Heart and Bone

Very unusual theme - and well written!

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