Characters/Pairing: Helm Hammerhand's daughter & her cousin Frealaf Hildeson
Book/Source: LotR (Appendix A)
Disclaimer: Tolkien invented Frealaf, I added some details to the life of his cousin.
A/N: Continuing the Ladies of Rohan series: The Dunlendings were driven out...and Frealaf became king. Helm was brought from the Hornburg and laid in the ninth mound.
She stands by the burial mound. Already, it is covered with the kindlier snow of fast-growing simbelmyne. Out of Westfold, wild tales emerge of the last days of Helm Hammerhand. The father she is still mourning—a man often harsh, but not uncaring—has become legend.
‘What will you do now?’ Frealaf asks her.
‘Do? Why, there is work enough here for the rest of our lives! What one cruel winter cost us we will struggle years to regain!’
She gazes at him, suddenly uncertain, but her newly-crowned cousin looks nothing short of relieved.
‘I will have your help, still?’
A/N: The title is taken from the chapter "The King of the Golden Hall" in The Two Towers.