SheBit (shebit) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

The Standard Bearer

Title: The Standard Bearer
Author: SheBit
Source: LotR
Disclaimer: Tolkien wrote it, I just got a little too involved.
Author's Note: Finding someone I hadn't written was trickier than I thought it would be - I went through my collection and the only major character I'd never written was Merry, and I just couldn't find inspiration for him. I've done most of the supporting acts, too, so in the end I had to go with someone who's never made it to the silver screen, though probably deserves too. I'm still a little upset that PJ did away with the Grey Company - and Dol Amroth, for that matter - I'd like to have seen Elladan and Elrohir, the northern Dunedain and old Imrahil.

The pole was almost snatched from his fingers as the great black banner snapped in the wind, silver stars billowing in the grim-lit sky. All about, he saw his kinsmen, swords in practised hands; their faces, like his, fixed in cold screams of defiance as they charged, behind their lord, beneath his emblem. There were corpses already upon the ground - broken bodies of the men of Gondor, their ancient armour streaked with blood. This company would not meet such a fate. This company were the Dunedain of the North; and he, Halbarad, standard bearer of his Chieftain and King, would-
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