Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Cardinal Virtues: Purity challenge - 'Pure Thoughts' : Kortirion

Title: Pure Thoughts
Author: Kortirion
Character: Maglor
Rating: G
Source: The Silm
Disclaimer: Tolkien created the Ages of Middle-earth, Kortirion mused on a tiny moment

It’s cold today, the wind rushes towards us with implacable disdain, snapping at banners, buffeting shields, helms... It stings bare flesh, would make a cat’s paw tangle of hair not braided to resist such trivial distractions... but there... I am distracted. There’re few trees to watch on this blistering plain, so I watch my kinsmen – lined up, rank upon rack - waiting.

I’ve found most battles begin with still moments of pure thought – one does not dwell on killing, maiming... the terrible loss of being. One’s thoughts have the crystal purity of untrammelled ice... until battle-heat thaws them to ruin.
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