Return to Middle-earth: 4. The Final Step

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4. The Final Step

I should have followed my love when he departed. I told myself that I must stay for my children, but in truth I was afraid.

Estel faced his last and greatest challenge full of hope. His courage never faltered, but I was too afraid to set out upon that final journey.

Now at last, the fear has left me and I am ready. I have found this world is no longer fair without Estel. I can think only of him and my desire to be with him again.

I see now that Eru's Gift is good. Only by accepting it can I be with my love once more.

My heart is at peace when I lay myself down upon the slopes of Cerin Amroth one bleak winter's morning.

Then suddenly the trees turn gold and my beloved is walking towards me. He stretches out his hand and we are reunited.


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: Linda Hoyland

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/07/12

Original Post: 03/01/12

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