The King Has Come Unto His Halls: 2. Notes

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2. Notes

This story is written for the Back-to-Middle-earth event. I chose to use the archetypes quote: "There cannot be any 'story' without a fall – all stories are ultimately about the fall – at least not for human minds as we know them and have them." (from Tolkien's letter to Milton Waldman) While I appreciate the thought theologically, I believe there's an equally human temptation to see great purposes, fall and redemption and all the rest, in circumstances that are much messier.

Many phrases from this story, especially when Glóin and Bilbo discuss the "official" version of their companions' deaths, is taken from the closing chapters of The Hobbit. My title comes from the battle-song sung by Dáin's dwarves as they march on Erebor, particularly the first few lines:

Under the Mountain dark and tall
The King has come unto his hall!
His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,
And ever so his foes shall fall.

The sword is sharp, the spear is long,
The arrow swift, the Gate is strong;
The heart is bold that looks on gold;
The dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.

Thanks to Linda Hoyland, who checked Bilbo's language for Americanisms.


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: Marta

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/10/13

Original Post: 03/10/13

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