Title: Fair They Wrought Us
Author: Jay of Lasgalen
Book: LOTR (The Ring goes South)
Disclaimer: Tolkien's; not mine.
Summary: Two weeks out from Imladris, Legolas and the Fellowship reach Eregion. For the 'Barren Lands' challenge.
Fair They Wrought Us
Eregion was now an empty land, full of profound silence. Twisted, stunted holly trees grew among broken rock, scarlet berries bright against the grey. Tumbled stones marked the line of old walls and worn, weathered steps soared into emptiness.
Legolas placed a hand against one of the gnarled hollies in the hope of hearing a friendly voice, but the ancient tree remained silent. It did not remember elves.
With a wary eye on the dwarf, he touched a tall, intricately carved column which had once been part of the doorway into some great hall.
And he heard the stone’s lament.