hhimring (hhimring) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Old English Writings - Calendar: A Spring of Little Hope

Title: A Spring of Little Hope
Author: Himring
Characters/Pairing: Helm Hammerhand's daughter & her cousin Frealaf Hildeson
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Book/Source: LotR (Appendix A)
Disclaimer: Tolkien invented Frealaf, I added some details about his cousin.
A/N Continuing the Ladies of the Rohirrim series. This is the other lady...

March brings the equinox.
Then men must dig and sow…

But in Dunharrow there is little to sow, crowded as the place is with refugees. They must win back their fields first.
She stands by her cousin’s horse. Still reeling with shock, when news came from the Hornburg, she was the first to take up the shout: “Frealaf king, Frealaf king!” The House of Eorl bows under the onslaught, but it must not break. She has woven her red ribbon into his bridle, fervently whispering charms for success.
‘Bema speed thee!’
Frealaf embraces her.
‘He will. Hold Dunharrow for me!’

A/N: Tolkien says: "Soon after the winter broke. Then Frealaf, son of Hild, Helm's sister, came down out of Dunharrow, to which many had fled; and with a small company of desperate men he surprised Wulf in Meduseld and slew him, and regained Edoras."
The first two lines are supposed to be from a Rohirrim metrical calendar.
The title is from FotR (The Great River).
Tags: author: himring, challenge: old english writings: calenda, character: other canon character, character: rohirrim
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