RiverOtter's 2007 Birthday Presents: 1. Swan Song - by Imhiriel

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1. Swan Song - by Imhiriel

Footprints ran along the night-dark beach, slowly erased by the encroaching tide. Sea-breeze obliterated any sound but the mournful hooting of a lone swan.

The Prince stood at the water's edge, spume-capped surf carressing his bare feet. The wind, fresh with the tang of brine and wet sand, teased his hair, glinting silver in the moonlight.

He watched the restless Sea, trying to imprint its elusive essence on his soul: familiar and unknowable, violent and soothing by turns.

Tomorrow he would ride against Orcs fleeing from their Wars with the Dwarves.

He knew he would never return to the Sea.


- "...the War of the Dwarves and Orcs was fought in the Misty Mountains (2793-9), of which only rumour came south, until the Orcs fleeing from Nanduhirion attempted to cross Rohan and establish themselves in the White Mountains. There was fighting for many years in the dales before that danger was ended." (RotK, Appendix A I (iv))
- In PoMe, Part One, VII, The Line of Dol Amroth, it is said of the sixteenth Prince of Dol Amroth (2709-2799) that he died in battle, or in another version, that he was slain by Orcs. I have taken the liberty to combine the two versions.
- Partly inspired by Chapter 8 of "Passages" by Isabeau of Greenlea, to be found on TFF.



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: RiverOtter

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/23/07

Original Post: 05/22/07

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2007 Birthday Drabbles - 17 stories - Owner: HASA Birthday Cards
This is a playlist collection of the drabbles written in honor of another HASA member's 2007 birthday. Stories are alphabetical by recipient.
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