1. Estel (No Watch Was Set)
No watch was set.
Such innocence wrung Finrod's heart; though perhaps it was not innocence. Many of them looked worn, and a few were scarred.
Where had they come from? Who could they be?
Who but the rumored Atani, whom some muttered were to supplant them.
Looking down on the small band, huddled beneath their furs about the fire that had drawn him, Finrod spurned that rumor of Morgoth. Were not the Atani also Children of Iluvatar, their siblings in the thought of the One? For though rude, these were fair, unlike Dwarves or Orcs: that woman, nestled beside her mate, a babe between them, the glimmer of dying flame shining in her dark har.
Oh, was this what Oromë had felt, when he heard, in the quiet of the land under stars, many voices singing?