Let There Be Light: 5. There Shall Be Shown a Token

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5. There Shall Be Shown a Token

(Prompt: Twilight)


Early morning's twilight, filtering through the high narrow window, does little to brighten this Hornburg chamber's grey stone walls. Halbarad swallows.

"You are resolved upon this, Aragorn?"

"I am. 'Tis my right… mayhap my duty, in our greatest need." The Ranger stands up, straightens weary shoulders… and is Isildur's Heir. Slowly, deliberately, he draws Anduril; at his nod, Halbarad unfurls the standard, lets its folds fall where crown-and-stars shine clearly forth.

"Very well, then." For a moment their eyes lock. Elbereth, Halbarad prays, let him be strong enough…

Aragorn fixes his gaze on the waiting, dark globe; and it begins.


"And he beheld me..., but in other guise than you see me here." [Aragorn on his struggle with Sauron through the palantír, The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 2, The Passing of the Grey Company.] My thanks to Dwimordene, in her biog of Halbarad at HASA Resources, for suggesting that Aragorn's challenge to Sauron might have included displaying the kingly standard Arwen had wrought and Halbarad brought for him.

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: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/04/12

Original Post: 01/04/12

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