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18. Heaven in the meantime

Prompt: Rivendell: "Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven." --Tyron Edwards.

Summary: Between death and heaven lies Pelennor and its detritus.

Dawn over Erui Crossings saw widowed Morien lonely leaving home. Her sons had answered Minas Tirith's muster-call, and since then, she'd gone ghost-grey.

How hateful, the crows circling her field-corner! She took a shovel, went looking...

… and found two haggard youths asleep there – Southron and Dúnadan.


Ai, my boys! Horror showed them abandoned, dying, and outrage raised the shovel – Faithless murderers...!

One whimpered, heedless, dreaming: Nana!

Her insides cramped. Stricken, she stood, tears streaming forth, and could but think: Happy women, to whom they'll call and crawl!

Compassion spasmed – Morien fled without forgiving, but left her daily fare behind.

Author's notes: Nana! – "Mom!"

In terms of timing, this episode would occur sometime between Pelennor and the announcement that Barad-dûr had fallen, and of course well before all the names of the dead were known or could have been reported to far-flung families. Although there's no need (I hope) to read back-story for the drabble to make sense, in my mind, it's a sequel to Beyond the Pale.

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: Dwimordene

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 06/09/11

Original Post: 06/09/11

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