The Potter's Wheel: 4. Flashback: Before the Black Gate, Third Age 3019

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4. Flashback: Before the Black Gate, Third Age 3019

For the LiveJournal tolkien_weekly "Potter's Wheel: Coil" challenge.

Author's note: this drabble turned out to be the companion piece to this one...

Flashback: Before the Black Gate, Third Age 3019

Standing near the ash-hill's summit to shoot clear over the Armies of the West, gazing toward the Black Gate, Legolas feels the tendrils of the past reaching out, beginning to twine and coil about him:

This is the place. Here Grandfather, Father, Greenwood's army stood; here so many fell, far from leaf or grass or any living thing save the foul spawn of Mordor…

Deep breath; arrow to the string. Below him he glimpses the Dwarf's solid bulk among the tall Gondorrim. Which of us will score the higher count today? But neither, he suspects, will live to claim it.


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: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Action

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/10/11

Original Post: 06/10/11

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