Written for the November 2010 LotR-GFic Challenge; the theme was "pairs" and my prompts "sweet, sour".
Victory should be sweet, not this hollow feeling that was akin to defeat, Elrond thought, bidding a relieved farewell to the land where they had fought and died for close to ten years. Sauron was defeated, but the price at which that victory had been bought might yet turn out to be too high, for Gil-Galad was dead, and Elendil and his son Anárion, and Oropher of Greenwood, and too many others to count.
Elrond's mood turned even more sour as he glanced at the camp of the Númenoreans. Isildur had rejected his counsel and kept Sauron's Ring. Weregild indeed.
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