Whispers in the Dark: 1. Whsipers in the Dark

Reader Toolbox   Log in for more tools

1. Whsipers in the Dark

Written for B2MeM Day Two. (The prompt is below)

B2MeM 2013 Day Two

"Good and ill have not change since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house."

I call to you.

I am as bright and sweet and glittering, stirring your blood, tempting you yet ever out of your reach, as high unattainable as the stars. But then, Eärendil had the blood of Men, and he is now a star.

But he is of the line of the Peredhil as few are now.

I show you visions, visions of white towers, and victory. Yes, victory! Victory over Sauron, and Mordor yours to rule, as it once was before, Middle-earth fair again, the world of Men restored to the glory of yore, Elven-kingdoms destroyed…

Wait. Wait. What sorcery is this? As little as I like them, the Elves aid us as we fight the long defeat.1

Mordor quailing beneath Gondor, the Southrons and Easterlings paying you tribute, Sauron your thrall!

But Ar-Pharazon took Sauron into slavery, and was destroyed along with his land.

Blood! Red blood-wine, staining your blade and singing in your veins, leading you to a world which you can never attain except in battle.

Faramir is the wisest and Man I know, Denethor the most powerful, yet neither revere war or revel in it. They see it as a necessity, albeit an evil one, and I follow their example.

A woman's touch, a man's touch upon your skin, the whole world yours to command for pleasure! Men and women and children your thralls. No mortal can resist that?

Any who give me their love must give it freely or I will not take. Is this the best you can do?

Take me! Take me or the war Gondor fights will be useless. Her proud towers will fall, her men and boys will become thralls, her women and girls concubines. And the world will be in Darkness forever. But claim me for your own, hold me to your heart, use me for Gondor, and then…then she will rise! She will stay as she is and Mordor will fall! It is your choice. Resist and doom your city, or take me for your own and triumph.

A pause.


Yes. Yes I will.

1 Gandalf's words in RotK. I think. Or was it Elrond?

A rather poor excuse for the twisting of the plot: as soon as I read the prompt, the words "It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house" jumped out at me. We know, sort of, that Borormir succumbed to the Ring in the Golden Wood. But how did he fall under Its spell? What did It offer to him? This was the result of those thoughts.

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: The Wavesinger

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/19/13

Original Post: 03/05/13

Go to Whispers in the Dark overview


No one has commented on this story yet. Be the first to comment!

Comments are hidden to prevent spoilers.
Click header to view comments

Talk to The Wavesinger

If you are a HASA member, you must login to submit a comment.

We're sorry. Only HASA members may post comments. If you would like to speak with the author, please use the "Email Author" button in the Reader Toolbox. If you would like to join HASA, click here. Membership is free.

Reader Toolbox   Log in for more tools