Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Water challenge, Lake - The Lord of Silver Fountains Shall Come Into His Own

Author: Azalaisdep
Title: The Lord of Silver Fountains Shall Come Into His Own
Characters: Bard the Bowman
Source: The Hobbit
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit

The Lord of Silver Fountains Shall Come Into His Own

The Lord of Dale stands atop the newest wall of his restored town, arms folded, contemplating with satisfaction the bustling streets below.

Grim they once called me, grudging that I see clearly and speak straight; but I shot straight too, when the moment came.

Turning southwards, Bard gazes down Celduin towards the Long Lake: there, beyond even his keen sight, jut Laketown’s ruined timbers; there in the dark depths Smaug’s carcass rots, jewels slowly dropping from his hide to sink into the mud.

One day soon we’ll dive for them; and then the Worm’s plunder shall make Dale fairer yet.


(The title is a line from the Lakemen’s song in Chapter 10 of The Hobbit, where it actually refers to Thorin; but since Gloin tells Frodo in LoTR “You should see the waterways of Dale, Frodo, and the fountains, and the pools!” it seemed perfectly appropriate for Bard too.)
Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: water: fountains, challenge: water: lakes, character: other canon character

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