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Lost and Found - Finding Fear by Erulisse

Author: Erulisse (one L)
Title: Finding Fear
Rating: PG - Character Death
Theme: "Lost and Found"
Elements: Fear
Beta: None - Errors are solely my own responsibility.
Word Count: 300 - A triple drabble format.

Summary: Two times that Maglor found fear and one time he did not.

Author’s Notes: 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.



Finding Fear



He lived in a world of his own making, rarely shattered by others. It was his preference.

When outside life intruded, he coped by formulating new compositions … thus the tone poems “Leaving” commemorating Nerdanel's departure, “Ringing Steel” the sound of the sword his father pulled against his uncle, and “Darkness” when the Trees were murdered, were inscribed and performed. Yet although all of these events had shaken him, none had instilled fear into him.

Now, as he raised his sword alongside his brothers and spoke the words of his father's oath, he felt true fear for the first time.


* * * * *


“Move along. Quickly.” He turned his horse tightly, the animal screaming as the bit cut into its lip. “Leave that wagon. There is no time to fix the wheel. Move! Move! The enemy comes. Save yourselves.”

He rode the flank, attempting to protect stragglers as well as push the column for speed – ever more speed. Behind him he saw cresting waves of Morgoth's forces overwhelming the fortress home he had built. All was shattered and destroyed.

As he passed Himring's portcullis, he breathed a sigh of relief. “I was afraid we wouldn't make it,” he whispered as he clutched Maedhros.


* * * * *


“Don't hinder us, please...” But pushed, he did the necessary, leaving the bodies behind him.

Clutching the Silmaril in his hand, it burned deeply through sinew and bone. He cried out with the pain, yet could not release it. The stones were rescued, the oath fulfilled.

He looked unflinchingly while Maedhros cast himself into the flames. Nothing could touch him anymore, nothing pierce his mind's shields amidst this harvest of pain.

He clambered over the sharp but slick shoreline rocks. “No more will this Jewel fall into the hands of lesser beings. Take it, Ulmo, and be damned with you.”

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blslarner
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
Two of the three now accounted for, and the third out of anyone else's reach. Maglor has seen the cursed oath fulfilled as he can....
engarian
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Indeed, it is the most bittersweet of victories because it came at such a great cost to all. Thanks for your words, Larner *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
What a great use of the theme! Maglor found and lost fear, and the Silmarils were also both lost and found--and lost again.
engarian
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I've just been very fortunate in my element assignments. They inspire my muse.

I appreciate your analysis, I must confess I hadn't seen it in quite this way and you make me sound so wise, when I really was just stumbling around in the darkness :D

- Erulisse (one L)
shirebound
Nov. 16th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, that last part is particularly heartbreaking. You describe the desperation in this tragic tale very well.
engarian
Nov. 16th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I feel that by that time he simply didn't care any more. He had lost everything that had made his life worthwhile and was an empty shell of an elf.

- Erulisse (one L)
lindahoyland
Nov. 24th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
This was very powerful. I loved the ending.
engarian
Nov. 24th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Linda.

- Erulisse (one L)
lignota
Nov. 25th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
This is very vivid. I like all of them, but I actually like the first one best.
engarian
Nov. 25th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I really enjoyed the concept of the inspiration for his compositions also. I'm delighted you enjoyed my triple.

- Erulisse (one L)
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