18. Of Times There Were Before
Today's Challenge (Day Ten):
Start a story or poem with Charles Dickens' famous opening line from A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
Of Times There Were Before
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…" Cross-legged on a cushion after Rusnathron's dinner, Legolas takes a draught of his wine.
"On Tol Eressëa the Ring-Quest is but legend and rumour," the Noldo admits ruefully; "for though the periain Bilbo and Frodo dwelt here awhile, Master Frodo little desired to speak of it."
"No wonder!" Gimli interjects gruffly. "It had cost him dear enough!"
"Hardship, peril, battle, bearing the fate of all Middle-earth," Legolas says softly; "and yet Dwarf, Elf, Men and Halflings forged bonds of fellowship beyond any breaking."
Rusnathron nods. "So I see."