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The Sons of Elrond at the Field of Celebrant

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In an early version of the Battle of the Field of Celebrant (when Eorl the Young and the riders of the Éothéod saved Gondor's army from destruction in the Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs), Tolkien included the following passage (struck out on the typescript):

In the forefront of the charge they saw two great horsemen, clad in grey, unlike all the others, and the Orcs fled before them; but when the battle was won they could not be found, and none knew whence they came or whither they went. But in Rivendell it was recorded that these were the sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir.

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 9, The Making of Appendix A: The House of Eorl

This sparks the following idea:

Write about some aspect of the Battle of the Field of Celebrant with the sons of Elrond joining the fight along with the Éothéod (the people who became the Rohirrim).

Why did Elladan and Elrohir join the fight? How did they hear of the Ride of Eorl? How did they know where to go? Why did they disappear afterward?

How did Eorl and the Éothéod react to having two mighty Elf-lords fighting alongside them? Did the desperate Gondorians notice their presence, and if so, what did they think? How did the Orcs and Balchoth (Easterlings) -- who were on the verge of victory over Gondor -- react? Was their presence recorded in any of the oral or written histories of these peoples?

The sons of Elrond spent time with the Rohirrim after the coronation of King Elessar. What was it like for Elladan and Elrohir to recount the tale to those descendants, many generations removed, of their fellow warriors? What was it like for the Rohirrim to hear the story of the defining battle in their country's history -- a battle that occurred five hundred years before -- from someone who fought in it?

Any kind of writing here, from drabble to novel, from prose to poetry.

Challenge closes June 3, 2005.

Courtesy of Elena Tiriel.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Elena Tiriel - Fell and Fair
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Dec 09
What might have happened if Elladan and Elrohir had fought in the Battle of the Field of Celebrant? How would they be remembered in the legends of other races? A story told in drabbles, depicting events surrounding the battle, and its widening repercussions for the sons of Elrond and others.

MEFA 2007
First Place (WIP)
Adventure: Fixed-Length Ficlet

MEFA 2009
Times: Second and Early Third Age
Jay of Lasgalen - Primary Sources
General Audience
Last Updated: 19 Apr 09
Young Eldarion has a new history tutor – who has a great deal to learn about his pupil’s heritage.
Jay of Lasgalen - The Legend Of The Grey Riders
General Audience
Last Updated: 10 Mar 09
After the funeral of Théoden, Elladan and Elrohir learn of an ancient legend to which they hold the key. But are some mysteries best left unsolved?


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 31 Oct 05
Entry Date: 03 Dec 04

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Challenge Info

Open Date: December 03, 2004

Closed: June 03, 2005

Challenge Topic: Event

Entries: 5

Originator: Elena Tiriel

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