SheBit (shebit) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Wedding Vows

Title: Wedding Vows
Author: SheBit
Source: LotR
Disclaimer: Tolkien was the matchmaker, but I approve of his match.
Author's Note: For the 'oaths' challenge. Two drabbles for the price of one. These have actually been in my head for a while, prompted by another challenge, but it's taken me this long to extract them.


All my life, I was not a man. I was a tool; a weapon forged in ancient fires, by many hands, to bring about a future that others saw. That task was a shadow, veiling the light of that which I love above all things; that which was forbidden me. Their future is come. The weapon is unmade in the necessity of victory, and I stand in its place. I shall claim that which was forbidden - all that ever I desired - and walk in her light for all my days. This is my vow, as sure as I am man.


All my life, I was not a woman. I was a symbol; the emblem of the waning of my people, as the stars are dimmed by the coming dawn. I walked as if blinded, my beloved kept from me, veiled by his fate as I was by mine. But now the dawn is come and I do not fear it. I am a daughter of the stars, yet I shall walk in Laurelin’s golden light for all my days and stand beside my lord. Such is the path I choose. This is my vow, as sure as I am woman.
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