Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,
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Unsung Heroes challenge: Innkeeper

Title: Yule's Eve, a drabble pair
Author: Kortirion
Character: Elves
Source: 4th Age
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Tolkien: his words, his world - just slightly reconstituted for love and respect, not profit.
Notes: Previously archived, now dusted off and polished.

The angle of the road hid the village ahead. Eyes dark-accustomed, they strode the familiar pathway over the Downs, grey cloaks loose in the unseasonably mild night. Neither stars nor moon shone through the clouds, only the shielded gleam of their horn lanterns guided them.

Their feet met the paved road as they rounded the hill; below, small, warm lights glowed at each house, a candle in every window for this night, Yule’s Eve.

They paused to watch the tiny winking flames, smiled as they heard the innkeeper urge on a singer, whose sweet voice rose in song to Elbereth,


The accent told of melodies learned more by rote than understanding… still, the voice was as pure as the intent. First one, then another of the travellers took up the hymn; low but clear as crystal their voices reached the inn’s open door. The singer inside stuttered at the unexpected counterpoint, then bravely continued. The song ended; the unworldly voices faded beyond the further hill.

The landlord boomed, “Well done lad! You drew the Fair Folk; we’ll have a lucky year!”

But try as he might, the lad never sang them back again – for they were on their way home.


Title: Proof
Characters: Butterbur and Rangers
Rating: G
Source: 4th Age
Disclaimer: Tolkien: his words, his world - just slightly reconstituted for love and respect, not profit.
Notes: Previously archived, now dusted off and polished.


Butterbur served them ale - Rangers, but their accents were funny, from Gondor one said, taking messages north. ‘Be plenty more passing this way,’ he said, ‘now the King’s returned.’

Butterbur slowly turned this over in his mind, much the way he turned the shining silver penny in his hand. The ranger said he’d been told to pay with this particular penny - a proof coin stamped from a specially polished die. The face on it seemed oddly familiar... he just couldn’t...

Give him time... he’d remember.

Anyway... best keep this for luck - be the nearest he’d ever get to the King!
Tags: author: kortirion, challenge: unsung heroes: innkeeper
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