Fell and Fair: 14. 16 April, Morning

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14. 16 April, Morning

The Battlefield on Parth Celebrant, The Day after the Battle
Morning of 16 April

Gúthbeorn, injured

I lie amid the soughing sedges, witness at last to the crimson-streaked sunrise. Dart-pierced in my breast, each gasp brings more agony than the last.

I hear rustling....

Dark hair! An enemy? But I can no longer lift my sword.

Nay — an Elf! His murmuring reassures me, though his tongue sounds strange. Kneeling, he lays a hand on my sweat-soaked brow, relieving my pain.

"Wæter!" I plead. My eyes overflow with gratitude as the cool trickle soothes my parched mouth.

He slides his hand gently over my heavy eyelids.

At peace, I float towards the mist-enshrouded halls of my forefathers.

Serdan, a young Gondorian soldier

'Tis a gruesome task, combing the red-spattered field for injured Men, separating our dead from the enemy. Never have I seen such savage wounds! Cúfaron and I carried a Gondorian to the healers — his sword-arm dangling by skin. How will he live now?

We tread warily in the tall grass, blades drawn to dispatch any Orc still breathing.

Many Easterlings lie here. 'Twould be hard to kill a wounded Man unless attacked... but we have scarce enough healers for our own, and no leave to take prisoners.

I hear a soft sound — a hitching breath? — raising hope of another survivor.

Cúfaron, a Ranger of Ithilien

'Tis the price of survival: we seek our fallen, tending the wounded and honouring the dead.

Unlike Serdan, I have beheld bloodshed many times, in Ithilien.

He stoops to check a comrade, pushing aside the stiff arm of an Easterling lying entangled with another.

But the second leaps up, swinging wildly — Serdan barely blocks his scimitar. I spring forward to slash at the enemy, thrusting him backwards, and stab his chest.

Then I see the wet tears tracking his still face, and my heart drops.

A child!

Reeling, I drop my sword and sink onto the gore-smeared grass to retch.

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: Elena Tiriel

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/09

Original Post: 04/18/05

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Fell and Fair

Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 12:33 PM

Ch. 14: 16 April, Morning

Nine years old!  Yes, children even!  How horrible!

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I am a new author who is serious about improving my writing. Your comments, both positive and negative, will be treasured, evaluated, and incorporated freely!

Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

My fiction includes:

Fell and Fair (for the Sons of Elrond at the Field of Celebrant and the Alternate Perspectives Challenges)

ET's Legolas Song Parodies (for the International Legolas Month Song Parody Palooza Challenge)

Famous First Lines (for the It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Challenge)

Holiday Carols, Middle Earth-style (for the Carols in Middle-earth Challenge)

and numerous drabbles, including: Alas, Poor Ufthak!

I also compiled many entries for the HASA Resource Library, including the following small sampling:

Interesting People to Meet & Greet:
Orophin & Rúmil, The Bardings, and The Beornings

Cool Places to See & Be Seen:
The Elf-path, The Forest Gate, The High Pass of Rivendell, The Old Forest Road, Undertowers, The Westmarch, and Libraries of the Shire

Wild Fauna to Look (Out) For:
Black Squirrels, Butterflies, Hunting Dogs, The Kine of Araw, Giant Bats, Giant Moths, and Giant Spiders

Toothsome Treats to Eat:
Honey-cakes of the Beornings

Magical Powers to Admire (from a safe distance):
The Unlight of Ungoliant

Great Literature to Read:
The Red Book, The Thain's Book - Annotated Copy of the Red Book, Findegil's Copy of the Thain's Book, The Akallabêth, Herblore of the Shire, Old Words and Names in the Shire, The Reckoning of Years, The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, The Tale of Years, and Translations from the Elvish

Important Events to Remember:
The Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs, and The Battle of Dale and Siege of Erebor

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