The parchment bearing the seal of King Bard of Dale was worn on the folds, but Lord Celeborn received it, and the several gifts sent, with calm dignity. He broke the seal and read the contents, nodding, before handing it to Lady Galadriel. She took it in at a glance and gave it back to her spouse.
"Captain Lórindol has explained why you were delayed on your journey," Galadriel said in her clear voice. "You have our thanks, Haldir and Melpomaen."
Haldir looked at the rulers of Lórien levelly. "It was our pleasure to make it, my lord, my lady. The passage was less dangerous than it once would have been, or may be again in the future. It was only ill-fortune that postponed our return."
At his side, Melpomaen stirred, but was silent.
Galadriel's gaze went from golden head to dark, and she said, "Good fortune, not ill, perhaps." She said no more, and both Melpomaen and Haldir wondered long what the Lady of the Wood knew of their secrets.
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