engarian (engarian) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Measure for Measure - The Ultimate Gift

Title:  The Ultimate Gift
Author:  Erulisse (one L)
Characters/Pairing:  Glorfindel
Rating:  PG
Warnings:  Character deaths
Book/Source:  The Silmarillion
Summary:  The measure of a man can be in many ways, one of which is by what he gives.  Glorfindel gave the ultimate gift when he fought the Balrog.  Some thoughts…
Disclaimer:  Tolkien built the sand box; I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me.  No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story. 
The Ultimate Gift
“If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.”
-        Robert South
Their son had stood with Ecthelion.  The pain of his death had nearly unmanned him, but he still had his wife and daughter to guard. 
Exiting the tunnel, pushing Tuor's family and his own ahead of him, orcs beset them again.  The small band of refugees began dying.  An arrow ripped through the arm of his wife and slammed into his daughter.  Her fea would join her brother's in Mandos. 
When the Balrog appeared in front of him, he gave his wife the only gift left to him – her life earned through his sacrifice.  He prayed it would be enough.  

Tags: author: erulisse
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