Characters/Pairing: Brandir the Lame of Brethil (House of Haleth), his paternal grandmother Gloredhel (House of Hador), his mother Beldis (House of Beor)
Warnings: canonical character death
Book/Source: Children of Hurin, Silmarillion, History of Middle-earth
Disclaimer: Tolkien gave Brandir a hard life and a short one. Himring couldn't do much about that, but felt he deserved more attention.
A/N: Although Brethil was not occupied after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Haladin suffered heavy losses in that battle as well.
‘This batch of mead came out really well, Beldis,’ said Gloredhel. ‘It will serve for the feast when Haldir comes home!’
Brandir was too young to drink mead. He loved his grandmother, who filled the house with her golden presence, as loud in anger as in laughter.
News came. Suddenly, Grandmother became very quiet and Brandir’s mother took over. Life in Brethil was never easy—that year, when neither Grandfather nor the rest of his men came home, things were hard indeed.
Men said Gloredhel died of grief. Beldis, her daughter-in-law, said she died of a weakened constitution and pneumonia.
A/N: Elsewhere in the sequence, I had made Beldis be the one who taught her son Brandir his skill in healing.