L'Ignota (lignota) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

(Not a) River challenge: bank – By the Marches of Doriath by Zdenka

Title: By the Marches of Doriath
Author: Zdenka
Characters/Pairing: Celegorm and Curufin
Rating: T
Warnings: Death of background characters.
Book/Source: Silmarillion
Disclaimer: These characters and settings are not mine, and I make no profit from them.
Note: Set during Dagor Bragollach.

They had fought every foot of ground, but still the Orcs pursued. Across the river lay Doriath.

Celegorm stared across to the other bank. “If we could use the forest—”

“We can’t.”

Celegorm splashed into the river and stopped halfway across without meaning to. Cursing, he drew his sword and struck at the unseen barrier.

“You are wasting time, brother,” Curufin said coolly. He gave his orders: a small band carefully deployed (sacrificed) to cover their retreat. Small comfort, that they went to their deaths willingly.

In the end they came safely to Nargothrond; but both of them remembered it.

Note: Based on this sentence from the Silmarillion, “Of the Ruin of Beleriand”: “The Pass of Aglon was forced, though with great cost to the hosts of Morgoth; and Celegorm and Curufin being defeated fled south and west by the marches of Doriath, and coming at last to Nargothrond sought harbour with Finrod Felagund.”
Tags: author: zdenka, challenge: river: bank, character: celegorm
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