Thwarted Desire: 1. Thwarted Desire

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1. Thwarted Desire

The Ring put forth its power, and Legolas shuddered under the malicious weight of its song. It had tried showing him his greatest desire: Mirkwood become green and whole, and his father and people released from the ever-encroaching shadow. It had shown him his people restored to the greatness of ages past.

It has shown him these things and he had turned away. He was not foolish enough to accept them, to accept that which the Wise had refused. For what was the tainted song of a circle of gold, when the ever present murmur of the trees surrounded him? Arda’s song was with him always - a pure constant note that resonated in the very depths of his being.

So it then tried to take his will by force. It showed him standing over his father’s lifeless body, with blood dripping from his hands. It twisted the true seeming of his dreams, and in them he took his father’s realm by force and became King of a land drenched in blood.

Legolas watched Aragorn turn from the Ring’s temptations, and knew that he could do no less. For it could offer him what he desired, but it could not deliver it. He would not fail his father, his family, his people. So he hardened his heart against its temptations and turned, with grim determination, to face whatever the future held.


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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.

Story Information

Author: Elvenesse

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/28/05

Original Post: 01/08/05

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