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The New Master of the Hill - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: The New Master of the Hill
Rating: PG
Theme: In Springtime all things seem possible
Elements: _______ lay back in the fresh new grass and took a deep breath of the clean Spring air.
Author's Notes: For Aliana for her birthday. Beta by RiverOtter.
Summary: There is a new Master of the Hill....
Word Count: 484

The New Master of the Hill

He lay back in the fresh new grass and took a deep breath of the clean Spring air. Ah, but it was a beautiful night! The stars shone brightly enough, not having to compete with the light of any other bodies, and other than the glow of candles and lamps from the Hobbit holes and houses below the height of the Hill all was dark and still. He’d not even had to draw on the power of the Ring he wore to veil the sky tonight!

He didn’t mind the stars, for they were small, distant, and polite—and remarkably discreet. They did not seek to make public what was done under their light, not like the White Face or the Yellow Face. They didn’t peer too closely into doings that plainly weren’t any of their business.

He was glad that he had managed to find the new Baggins east of the Great River, the new Baggins and his companion. Master had been kind in his fashion, after all, and had managed to help Sméagol to recover much of his former self. Too bad he’d had to kill him in the end. But, then, how else was he to have recovered the Precious? He couldn’t allow the Baggins to complete his quest to destroy the Precious, after all! So, there on the slopes of the Mountain he’d lain in wait, and he’d managed to break Master’s neck instantly. He’d not suffered, not sweet Master! And he’d been sweet, Master had….

The Fat One had tried to avenge Master, of course, and it had taken the power of the Precious to teach him his proper place. Sméagol had had to force the Fat One to bring him back here, and now Sméagol was successfully taking the place of Master, back here in the Master’s Shire. He lived now in Master’s hole and wore Master’s clothing and reveled in Master’s gardens and enjoyed eating Master’s former enemies….

Sam Gamgee peered upwards toward the roof tree for the Hill, making certain that Stinker and Slinker were busy with their joint contemplation of the Stars. From the tool shed he fetched the small file he’d managed to keep hidden from Gollum, and worked once more at filing off the chains with which he’d been fitted while still in Mordor. How exactly Gollum had made himself the Lord of the Ring rather than Sauron Sam wasn’t quite certain. But the Nazgûl and orcs had groveled at Gollum’s feet and their smiths had seen Sam manacled, and Sam had returned not as Frodo’s friend but as Gollum’s slave. But he didn’t intend to remain a slave to anybody, and particularly not to the ruined creature who’d murdered his beloved Master. No, Sam Gamgee intended to free himself, and then hopefully all of Middle Earth, from the clutches of the one once known as Sméagol….


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 27th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
*shivers* It's frightening to think how possible this version of history might have been.
May. 27th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, isn't it? Heh! Thanks so, Janet!
May. 27th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh - that's... unsettling!
May. 28th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I know. It even has ME shuddering! Thanks so, CW!
May. 28th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this is a very shivery and scary AU!

I'm rooting for Sam.
May. 28th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm rooting for him, too, but am in terror of what It will make of our beloved gardener! It must be loving the chain of betrayals It is setting in motion!

Thanks so, Dreamflower!
May. 28th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely and dark AU written with your usual excellent skill. Shivering...

- Erulisse (one L)
May. 28th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
And I thank you so! Blushing, BLSLarner!
May. 28th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
How possible this scenario might have been!
May. 28th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Indeed, although I admit I didn't treat with just how Gollum managed to outdo the Eye and its Nazgul, much less how he got away with Sam in chains or what he did to the army just outside the Black Gate! Heh!

Thanks so, Someplacetobe!
May. 28th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Those are just minor details in the face of this!
Jun. 1st, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Gollum as the Lord of the Ring. Very intriguing possibilities there.
Jun. 19th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
I so agree, Foxrafer. Not that I find I wish to follow this thread further. Gollum as the Lord of the Ring and Master of the Hill and Bag End rather alarms me, I find!
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