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Author: Larner
Title: The Thoughts of the Servant of the Secret Flame
Rating: PG
Theme: Some Like it Hot FLF
Elements: 313 words
Author's Notes: Beta by RiverOtter
Summary: Gandalf's thoughts as he stares down the Witch-king of Angmar at the gates of Minas Tirith.
Word Count: 313

“Old fool!” he said. “Old fool! This is my hour! Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!” From The Siege of Gondor in The Return of the King.

The Thoughts of the Servant of the Secret Flame

Old fool, do you call me? And you think that you are Death, and so I must fear you? You do not recognize that already I have faced Death and gone through it and been sent back! How can one who has been through Death, who has known the fire and the water, the scorching of the flame that sought to consume my body and the chill smothering of the wave that sought to drown both Man’s breath and Balrog’s fire, fear such a one as you?

Who is the fool now? The one who has suffered Death and so cannot fear it further, or the one so terrified of Death that he has accepted the cheats of Sauron so as to try to avoid it, delighting instead in inflicting it upon others? Oh, Angmar, our old enemy, your own time is upon you and yet you will not see! The Creator Himself has the shining blade ready to cut off the thread of your life; what then will you do when you find your life spent at last, totally sundered from this pale echo of what your body once was? Your pride now leaves you undone, and you will not recognize the danger until it strikes you!

For it approaches at a gallop now, your last moment bound to this world. And I very much fear there is not sufficient of you left to find your way to the place appointed for the fëar of Men and so know what Eru Iluvatar has prepared for their further delight and fulfillment!

How I can feel pity for you you shall never understand, but I do. Manwë himself appointed me to counter your Master, my own brother, even as he countered the Master of your Master, who was his brother in the thought of the Creator.

Your own Death is come--at last.


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, chilling! Very realistic thoughts for Gandalf at that moment.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Finally--I can respond! Thank you, Shirebound--am so glad you find it realistic. I remember the comment he had that he pitied even Sauron's slaves....

Thanks again.
Jul. 21st, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Such an interesting look at Gandalf's thoughts as they face off at Minas Tirith. Very nice.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Am so glad you feel that way, Foxrafer. Thanks so!
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Very believable thoughts. I'm glad that Gandalf could feel pity for the Witch-king.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
As Gandalf had said he pitied even Sauron's slaves, I can readily imagine him pitying the Witch-king, too. Thanks so--am so glad you feel they are indeed in character.
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
This is so Gandalfian: to feel pity for the W-k! And of course, Angmar does not realize that Gandalf cannot fear Death when he's already met it and had it overcome for him.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
I so agree, Dreamflower. I doubt any of those who fell to the lure of the Rings for Men could understand how others might not fear death; and certainly Gandalf has every reason now to not fear it.
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Jul. 25th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree, Mews. Thanks so much!
Jul. 21st, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Now that is a battle taunt, to me it feels as if his ring strengthens in and puts even more fire and strength in his words! Greatly paced too!
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed, Rhapsody. And thanks so for the compliment! I'm honored!
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
"Who is the fool now? The one who has suffered Death and so cannot fear it further, or the one so terrified of Death that he has accepted the cheats of Sauron so as to try to avoid it, delighting instead in inflicting it upon others?"

Aha, yes, very good point.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Am so glad you agree, Virtuella. And the Witch-king would not be able to relate!

Thanks so!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Interesting! I love this insight into Gandalf's thoughts. As a reader, you get so caught up in the moment, as seen from Pippin's POV, one forgets that Gandalf has nothing to fear here. His brother... talk about your black sheep. heh!
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Melkor and Sauron as the two black sheep of their respective brethren! Ah, yes--just so. But Gandalf had every reason to know that death is but a transition, not a full ending.

Thanks so!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Brilliant Larner. I can see Gandalf feeling pity.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you feel this way, Liz. And who better to know the true value of pity than Gandalf. Thanks so very much!
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Jul. 25th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Indeed--definitely Gandalf at his best. Thanks so, Pearl!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
i have a problem with fearing death personally because dying means going to my father in heaven and why fear that? but so many many people say the same thing and quake in their boots about death. i truly believe that death should be a full fledged celebration. but there are those like the w-k who hold it out as a torture.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Fear of death had to be one of the first distortions taught by Melkor, I'd think; and I've always thought that Gandalf must have thought of that threat uttered by the Witch-king as foolish.

Thanks so very much, Nancy.
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