11. Passing the Test
Today's challenge (Day 11): Write a story or poem or create artwork where characters make sacrifices in order to achieve their goals.
Passing the Test
When Ulmo comes before her in dream, shows her the small grey ship crewed by Elf and Dwarf braving the Great Sea, Galadriel's dumbfounded.
She knows she has been offered the chance to plead their case. Yet the mere thought of the Máhanaxar, kneeling before Manwë in the Ring of Doom, makes her cheeks flame.
But who will speak for them else?
She saddles a palfrey, pulls on cloak and hood, rides westward. Approaching the Calacirya she reins in, hesitating; but the sacrifice of her pride is surely the least owed to such unswerving loyalty and love. She rides on.
"It is strange indeed; that a Dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it. But... it may be that [Galadriel], being mighty among the Eldar, obtained this grace for him." (LoTR Appendix A)