Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Sword challenge, Grip - Seeds of Change

Author: Azalais
Title: Seeds of Change
Characters: Legolas, OC
Source: LoTR Appendices-ish
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit

Seeds of Change

When first the news came to Gondor – there was battle under the trees, and Mirkwood burned – his grip on the messenger’s scroll had nearly crushed the parchment. His land, his father, his people – how, now, could he think of leaving? Would not the northern woods need him as badly as Ithilien?

But surveying a charred sweep of forest with him, Tathargol the tree-healer was sanguine:

“Fire’s true to nature, though its cause here wasn’t.  In a few sun-rounds much of this will re-seed unaided, and in a great-year there’ll be no trace.  Go you south, Legolas, and keep your vow.”


[In my personal head-canon, Legolas made a vow to Yavanna on the way to the Black Gate, when he saw the wanton destruction the Orcs had wrought to trees and land, that if he survived the War he would one day come back and work to make Ithilien whole again...]

Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: sword: grip, character: legolas, character: oc
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