Yesterday, I Burnt The Sky: 3. Marshlands

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3. Marshlands

from the Tolkien Weekly prompt, "marshland.


That night, camped precariously on the narrow, winding path through the Dead Marshes, Samwise Gamgee wondered if even the stars feared this place.

He knew, in lands far away, that marshes cultivated countless species of animals and plants (self-sustaining worlds, not so unlike the Shire), but as Hobbits seldom troubled themselves with the outside world, he did not know what haunted the faces encased in this water.

Lying awake under an empty sky, Sam felt that a person might drown in the world's vast history. Maybe the old Gaffer was right, after all; Hobbits were not meant for great deeds.


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.

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Author: rawr_balrog

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Other

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/16/10

Original Post: 03/16/10

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