15. Before the Black Gate, Second Age 3434
(MEFA 2010 Honorable Mention: Genres: Drama: General Mixed Drabbles)
On Morannon's desolate black plain they face Mordor's vast forces; for a moment all's still, only the chill East wind whipping Oropher's standard, and as Thranduil takes one deep breath the true-seeing comes:
A lone, fair-headed archer - my son-to-be! On this plain, at the heart of a hopelessly outnumbered force of Men drawn up on a little hill, waiting for orcs beyond counting to break upon them like a wave...
His head swims, for in an instant he understands what this must mean: I will survive this day. And yet... in another Age, it will all be to do again.
This drabble eventually acquired a companion piece for the "Potter's Wheel: Coil" challenge, which is here.
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