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"Narya the Great" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: Narya the Great
Rating: G
Characters: Gandalf
Challenge: "The March of Power." The Prompts will be an event from the Tale of Years for March, T.A. 3019.
Prompt: March 25. The Host is surrounded on the Slag-hills.
Summary: As one ring is unmade, another fulfills its destiny.
Word Count: 237


"For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill."
Appendix B, The Return of the King

The Eagles are come, and the Dark Lord trembles in fear. Surely one of the hobbits yet lives; does he at this moment stand at the Crack of Doom, the destiny of all free peoples clutched in a small, desperate hand? ‘On the one hand lies darkness, and on the other only hope,’ so Gimli told me the Lady spoke. And so even yet I hope. But the hearts of men are easily bowed by such a darkness as this. Do I not feel it, even I? How much greater must it be for them? I must do what I can. There may be no other chance.

“We are either to be victorious or undone,” Gandalf murmured. “Should the One be destroyed, the Three may fail, so it has been foretold. This may be our last deed together, great one.” He bowed his head, reaching out with thought and vision and great need. He felt the pulse of energy upon his finger leap and quicken, building in intensity. Those standing closest to the wizard felt the air about them suddenly crackle with suppressed energy.

Gandalf thrust his hand out before him, crying out a single word in an ancient tongue. The Ring of Fire blazed fiercely, then the air shuddered as a great wave pulsed outward, a force of incandescent hope unleashed, guided by the wizard’s mind to pierce each heart of the Company of the West.

Then all the Captains of the West cried aloud, for their hearts were filled with a new hope in the midst of darkness.
‘The Field of Cormallen’, The Return of the King


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Mar. 24th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Great little scene, my dear! Small but mighty in effect.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
Mar. 24th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed this.
Mar. 24th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Ooh! What a thought that at that moment Olorin called upon his hidden Ring and reawoke the hope in the hearts of the whole Army of the West! So powerful!
Mar. 24th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I read that line about "their hearts were filled with a new hope" and started to wonder....
Mar. 24th, 2013 07:25 am (UTC)
What a lovely and unique idea! I liked this.
Mar. 24th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Linda. :)
Mar. 24th, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
I liked this a lot.
Mar. 24th, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Mar. 24th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful little ficlet. Loved this, sweetie.
Mar. 24th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend.
Mar. 24th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Very nice! :)
Mar. 24th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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Mar. 24th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I appreciate that so much.
Mar. 24th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
even Gandalf has moments when he must regroup.
Mar. 24th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
So true.
Mar. 25th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
That is a potent salute to March 25, Shirebound, so well done. Thank you. :)
Mar. 25th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. Such an amazing day for Middle-earth, and so wonderful that we can all share in the celebration.
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Mar. 25th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Such a powerful little story, dear.
Mar. 25th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Shinta. :)
Mar. 25th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
What a perfect view into this one small slice of time. The ring of Gandalf is rarely mentioned save in passing and it held equal importance with Galadriel's and Elrond's rings. I loved this!

- Erulisse (one L)
Mar. 25th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I love the idea of the Three elven rings, and have written several stories about them. It was exciting to think that this important moment may have been influenced by Narya.
Mar. 25th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
Such a great short story for today's date. I had honestly forgotten about Gandalf's ring.
Mar. 25th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always like to celebrate the New Year in some way, and was happy to get this idea.
Mar. 25th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of blown away by this concept. What a fantastic idea! And oddly, a littler bittersweet at the end, their last act together. How wonderful.
Mar. 25th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad this short piece worked for you. Sometimes it's the small, unseen moments that have the most profound effect on events.
Mar. 26th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
Short but powerful. It certainly packs a punch!
Mar. 26th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Mar. 26th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Not much is revealed in the books about how the rings work or how they were used, so this is really wonderful to read. I love that Narya had one last great moment before its day was done.
Mar. 26th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I love writing about the rings, and speculating about their quiet but powerful effects.
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