Characters/Pairing: Woman of Gondor OC
Book/Source: LOTR: ROTK
Summary: Of all the trees in the woods, the holly bears the crown... and no wall stands without the people who stand upon it.
Disclaimer: Not JRRT, not related, broke, not making money from this, please don’t sue.
Notes: This drabble diptych was something I’d written a while ago as part of a series called The Holly and the Ivy, which was Yavanna-centered and based on a favorite rendition of a Christmas Carol, but I couldn’t really make it go far enough to get me where I wanted to go for that series. But it works for this one!
Rumor is out in the streets of Minas Tirith: Should war come, the Steward shall order all who hold no post to depart. The whispers run through the alleys; they float over the fields and mutter in the cot-holds of farmers, anxious over the beds they’ve dug.
Who shall be here in the spring to see them flower?
Yule approaches, and a herald, too, in the Steward’s colors: All men of fifteen years and no more than sixty shall take up arms. Of women and of boys, if they would stay, then they must show their use to the Key-Warden.
Her husband would always have remained: he took the sword early, cannot now surrender it.
Daily she feels that sundering sword: chill and hard and sharp, it cuts her home in twain. Clutch though she might, and fiercely, at him each night, that little, glorious heat with the daybreak bells, for there’s sword-steel ringing in them.
Yule is coming. She cuts the ivy and the holly, and comes to him that night, puts the gifts in his hands: “We are as ivy to the City: we rise upon its holly. Tomorrow, I shall go to Húrin: do not deny me!”
Note: 'And as for counsel, to you I would say that you are over-late in repairing the wall of the Pelennor. Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand…” – Gandalf, to Ingold, “Minas Tirith,” Return of the King