A Deck of Heroes: 17. 17 - Temperance

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17. 17 - Temperance

Temperance

            "He reminds me now of you."

            Glorfindel turned his attention from the slight form of the Ringbearer looking eastward over the parapet to meet the grey gaze of the newly made Queen of Gondor.  "And how is that, Arwen?" he asked.

            "He no longer fears."

            The Elven warrior turned back toward the Hobbit, answering quietly, "It is hard to maintain fear when you have already passed through greater terrors than you had ever imagined.  Rather he must learn anew how to embrace joy."  His eyes were thoughtful.  "We were able to bring him to your father's care barely in time--he was upon the verge of becoming a wraith himself.  But I strongly suspect that he would have thanked me more had I given him the mercy stroke rather than saving him for what he has done, much less what is yet to come.  He has more grief to embrace, I fear, before he can reach freely for joy again.  Oh, he will do much good along the way, but I doubt not he will little thank me for my part in saving him, not until he at last finds his peace."

            The Evenstar gazed on the Hobbit with compassion as overhead her grandfather did the same.  "May he indeed find just that--his peace," she whispered, her hand rising to the jewel at her throat.


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: Larner

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/13/11

Original Post: 12/06/09

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