2. Day 4: Facing fears
And the prisoners shall come forth
He was fear-- had been long enough that nothing remained of him from when he wasn't, any light before the cave's darkness swallowed up in the horror of his living tomb. And for what? Death had come, oh, it had come, despite his pains to outrun it.
Willingly did he serve penance now for at least one chance at redemption-- though long-coming-- ever-armored, ever-ready, ever-harrowed, ever-sorrowing.
When the horn calls, blessed light! In death he knew what he knew not living. His own enemy vanquished, he will follow!
"Oathbreakers, why have ye come?"
"To fulfil our oath and have peace."
The last two lines are, of course, lifted from The Passing of the Grey Company in The Return of the King.
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.