Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,
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Deaths challenge: Kortirion : ‘Fear is the mind-killer...’

Title: Mantra: ‘Fear is the mind-killer...’
Author: Kortirion
Character: Estel
Rating: G
Source: Er …Frank Herbert?
Disclaimer: Tolkien, made Middle-earth, Kortirion, made this homage.

Sitting cross-legged, Estel felt Glorfindel enter his mind.
“Keep your eyes closed!” he commanded.
Estel resisted his desperate need to see. Abruptly he did ‘see’ - Gondolin’s heights, the fires far below; he smelt smoke and blood, heard screaming - his breath hitched.
“Chant!”
Obeying the silent command strained every nerve as Estel fought to stay calm.
‘Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death.’
“Again!”
He exhaled, matching Glorfindel’s breath. Together they felt, he felt, the fire-whip bite his arm... no... Glorfindel’s...
‘Fear is the mind-killer... ’
Estel knew he was safe in Rivendell, but as the Balrog took them, he screamed.
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