Characters: Pengolodh, Glorfindel, Galdor (all elves of Gondolin)
Warnings: Fall of Gondolin going on in the background
Book/Source: Silm, HoME
Disclaimer: Tolkien's--possibly even some of the bits you don't recognize.
He picked up the book, found the stack was now too awkward to carry, ripped down the curtain and improvised a kind of sling.
The din of battle, not far off--and flames in the night sky, perhaps even closer.
Oh, Gondolin, Gondolin!
'What are you doing?' shouted Galdor, seeing him come stumbling along the street, weeping. 'You need to be unencumbered to fight, Pengolodh!'
'Hush, Galdor', said Glorfindel. 'Pengolodh, stay at my back. But if it's a question of the books or your life, drop the books.'
Pengolodh nodded mutely, clutching them even more tightly.
Gondolin's story would live.
A/N: Tolkien in HoME, cited via Dawn's biography of Pengolodh on SWG: "[Pengolodh] was one of the survivors of the destruction of Gondolin, from which he rescued a few ancient writings, and some of his own copies, compilations, and commentaries. It is due to this, and to his prodigious memory, that much of the knowledge of the Elder Days was preserved."