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Assorted Drabbles: 19. An Old Campaigner

Originally written for the LiveJournal tolkien_weekly "Mealtimes: Luncheon" challenge.


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Crouching in what shelter Osgiliath's battered walls still offer, Mablung peers cautiously over the parapet.

"No sign of 'em yet."

Beside him the Rangers' rawest recruit casts nervous glances skywards. He can't shake it, Mablung reflects ruefully; the terror of those bone-chilling, grating screeches sears his own soul still.

"Wh-what hour d'you think it is?" the youngster quavers.

"How's to tell, in this murk?"  Mablung glares at the louring, ever-darkened Eastward sky. "But since things are quiet awhile –" he rummages in his knapsack, the lad's face brightening as he pulls out a loaf, cheese, apples – "I'm calling it luncheon."

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(The title is taken from RoTK Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith, Beregond's conversation with Pippin: "An old campaigner, I see. They say that men who go warring afield look ever to the next hope of food and of drink...")



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Last Update: 05 Nov 10
Stories: 15
Type: Reader List
Created By: Elena Tiriel


Elena Tiriel's favorite drabbles (vignettes of precisely 100 words), drabble multiples, or drabble series from Tolkien fanfic; a very personal and eclectic list of drabbles at HASA that have touched me in some way. See Inspiring Stories for a list of favorite stories of other types.

Why This Story?

See Olórin I was in my Youth in the West that is Forgotten; a perfect gem of a drabble with hauntingly beautiful language.

 

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Author: Azalais

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/11/11

Original Post: 07/16/04

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