Together We Will Take the Road...: 6. The Elven-King's Choice

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6. The Elven-King's Choice

Today's Challenge (Day 9):
Write a story or poem or create artwork where the characters have to decide between loyalty or betrayal.

The Elven-King's Choice

Thranduil begins to sense it in dream; knows it the moment he wakes, from the leaden weight of sorrow which settles over his heart. He is gone.

He had no choice, he writes to Celeborn, who alone may understand; …which means that, one day, I must choose. I always thought I would see the last of the willing to the Havens; and then, perhaps, fade with the rest into the sunlight and leaf-shadow of the woods that bore us. But now…

My people, here; my father and my son in Valinor. To whom should I be loyal – and whom betray?


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(Thranduil's father, Oropher, was killed on the Dagorlad in the war of the Last Alliance. We don't know for sure whether he was still in Mandos when Legolas arrived in Valinor - maybe later in this series we'll find out...)

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Story Information

Author: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 4th Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/09/11

Original Post: 03/31/11

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Together We Will Take the Road...

Maia - 14 Apr 11 - 11:56 AM

Ch. 6: The Elven-King's Choice

To whom should I be loyal – and whom betray? What a terrible, terrible choice. Poor Thranduil. And poor Celeborn. I'm glad they have each other.

Together We Will Take the Road...

Azalais - 14 Apr 11 - 3:46 PM

Ch. 6: The Elven-King's Choice

Poor Thranduil. And poor Celeborn. I'm glad they have each other.

So am I - I hadn't realised till I first started thinking about Thranduil's departure from M-E (he's been muttering to me about it for a while) just how similar his circumstances and Celeborn's were. And while I don't think Thranduil ever got on with Galadriel, if you believe Unfinished Tales at least one version of Celeborn's genealogy has him as a fellow Sinda...


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