a very dark AU by Aislynn Crowdaugher
Of the History of the Elves, Library of Mithlond, Fourth Age (unknown historian):
"The Third Age of Middle Earth was a time of great sorrow, and it saw the corruption of the Elven Realms.
The Last Alliance brought about the defeat of Sauron, and the One Ring was claimed by Isildur, only to become lost along with him. The Elves, thinking it gone, began to use the three Elven Rings. But they were wrong in their belief that the Three were pure, because in truth all rings had been touched by Sauron. Using them, their bearers became corrupted. Only Cirdan, who had never used his ring, escaped. And so, only a few decades after the end of the Second Age, there was war again, and it took the ugly face of Kinslaying.
Elrond and Galadriel blamed the Elves of Greenwood the Great for the death of Gil-galad in the Last Alliance, claiming that without Oropher's stubborn refusal to follow the command of Gil-galad, and thus the untimely loss of two thirds of his warriors, the whole war would have taken another course, being won sooner and leaving Gil-galad alive at the end. Thranduil, Oropher's son and king of the Greenwood following his death, was held responsible for the disaster on the Gladden Fields, for it was due to Thranduil's tardiness that so many Orcs had been hiding in the southern Greenwood and could prepare the ambush that led to Isildur's death and the loss of the One Ring. The rulers of Imladris and of Rivendell said the Greenwood Elves had caused all this by their constant disobedience and failure to cooperate with the Noldor. So, the Noldorin dominated realm of Rivendell and its allied realm of Lothlorien attacked Thranduil of Eryn Galen, later known as Taur-nu-fuin.
The Greenwood Elves fought bravely, but they had lost two thirds of their warriors in the War of the Last Alliance, and they had neither the numbers not the strength to match their opponents. They were beaten into submission. Thranduil had to pay homage, and was forced to give tribute and hostages once every yen(1). Those hostages were kept as slaves.
For even after the defeat and subjugation of the Greenwood Elves, the rulers of Lothlorien and Imladris were not satisfied, but determined to keep them under their harsh rule. Elrond and Galadriel were to blame the Greenwood Elves for the renewed multiplication of Orcs after the first millennium of the Third Age had passed; they blamed them for the new darkness in the south of the Greenwood, which then came to be called Mirkwood by mortal men. It was Orcs who finally caught and tortured Celebrian, the wife of Elrond, wounding her so grievously that she fled Middle Earth for Valinor. Thus, the two Elven rulers found ever new reasons to keep the Greenwood Elves in subjugation and take hostages from them.
Some of the hostages were of noble birth, among them most of the members of Thranduil's family. One of these hostages was Thranduil's youngest son, Legolas, who was taken by Elrond and used by him as a pleasure slave. Later, Elrond decided to give this slave to his adopted human son: Aragorn, destined to become the king of men. Aragorn was afflicted by a grim curse: he needed his lovers suffering in pain to reach his own completion. And to make sure Legolas would serve his mortal master faithfully, he was bound to him by a cruel spell: the Mael-Gûl(2). But then, one day, when Aragorn went on the quest to destroy the One Ring, he took his Elven slave with him..."
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Legolas screamed. Pain ravaged his insides. Desperately he tossed and turned where he lay, clawing his hands into his hurting belly. He whimpered, then cried out again. His muddled, feverish mind could not longer tell him if it was night or day, if he was alone or not. It didn't matter. Only the pain mattered.
Poison ravaged his entrails, and his body shivered in fever. He curled himself into a tight, little ball, but it did not give him relief, and he tried to uncurl again. "Estel!" he whimpered, "Estel... Master... please! ...Need... need.... please..." – But his master was not there.
His parched lips were burning. His mouth was dry. His eyes were already too dry to cry any tears. He had a vague memory that he was in a room, in a bed, that there was water stored somewhere nearby. Feebly he tried to concentrate for long enough to reach for the nightstand. But he was already too weak to reach the water jug.
Desperately, he cried out again, cried for help. But there was none.
He drifted back again into his world of pain. Then he had the vague notion that there was someone there, and that someone gave his hurting body support, pressed a cup with water to his lips, whispered soft, soothing words. He drank thirstily, only a few gulps, then the cup was withdrawn and he cried in despair. He tried to grab whoever it was holding him, begged him to give him release:
"Take me... take me... please... Estel!..."
But he was alone again, the other one gone. Perhaps he had only dreamed his presence. He whimpered and cried again. "Estel... Please... help me... Master!... Estel!!!..."
But he was alone. His master was not there. He was not even in Rivendell.
This time, it seemed that Aragorn son of Arathorn would probably not be back in time to save his slave again.
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-- TBC --
(1) A yen is the Elven year, which lasts 144 human years. At the time the story takes place there have been about 20 yeni since Mirkwood was defeated. And every yen Mirkwood has to give away 12 hostages...
(2) Mael-Gûl - Sindarin, literally: Lust-Spell. Mael means physical lust or pleasure; Gûl has the meaning of sorcery, as in Morgûl.
Author's note: My sincere thanks go to Randy, who volunteered to beta for this part, and who did wonders with polishing the language and cleaning up the structure of the prologue. Thank you! With your gracious help, this part of the story is much better, now!
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