Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Movie Challenge, Flashforward: Before the Black Gate, Second Age 3434

Title: Before the Black Gate, Second Age 3434
Author: azalaisdep 
Characters: Thranduil; Legolas by implication
Source: Unfinished Tales (Appendix to the History of Galadriel and Celeborn)
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit

Before the Black Gate, Second Age 3434

On Morannon’s desolate black plain they face Mordor's vast forces; for a moment all’s still, only the chill East wind whipping Oropher's standard, and as Thranduil takes one deep breath the true-seeing comes:

A lone, fair-headed archer - my son-to-be! On this plain, at the heart of a hopelessly outnumbered force of Men drawn up on a little hill, waiting for orcs beyond counting to break upon them like a wave...

His head swims, for in an instant he understands what this must mean: I will survive this day. And yet... in another Age, it will all be to do again.


Author's note: this drabble eventually acquired a companion piece for the "Potter's Wheel: Coil" challenge, which is here.
Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: movies2010:flashforward, character: thranduil
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