March 2010 Treasure Hunt

Dark is the path

2. Notes



Canonical sources:
This story draws heavily on Osanwë-kenta (published in Vinyar Tengwar, 39), in which Pengolodh of Gondolin expounds upon the nature of mindspeech and foresight.

The sentence "Aragorn has need of his kindred. Let the Dúnedain ride to him in Rohan!" is taken from RotK - the Grey Company.

The title is taken from Galadriel's message to Aragorn that she sends through Gandalf.

Other references:

Though this story deals with one half of what is needed to create an AU in which Halbarad survives, there is still the list of the dead of the Pelennor (even if that doesn't explicitly say that Halbarad dies). I don't refer to it in this story, but to get around the list, I credit Surgical Steel's explanation that Frodo made a scribal error.

This story stands on its own, but for completeness' sake I'm including my other stories that I referred to in it:

  • Foresight: my take on Halbarad's death on the Pelennor.
  • Unto the ending of the world: my large AU, in which Halbarad also survives the Pelennor, but under entirely different, and much less happy, circumstances. His visit to Lothlórien is given a brief mention there, as well as my take on Aragorn's use of the palantír.
  • Through the Dimrill gate: the tale of Aragorn's first visit to Moria, together with Halbarad.


Dineth is Halbarad's OC wife, who occurs in several of my other stories.


This story was written for two challenges. The first one is the LotR GFic March 2010 Challenge with as its theme: "Mad as a March Hare", and stories to include a character who seems "mad" or is acting strangely or out-of-character-- for a reason! My prompt for this challenge was "foggy". The second is the HASA March Treasure Hunt. I used the following elements: Merethrond, Stone of Erech, and alfirin/simbelmynë.

(Of course, Halbarad's survival is also a bit of personal wish-fulfillment, but that is neither here nor there...)

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.


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Author: Nath

Status: Beta

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/05/14

Original Post: 03/15/10

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