Fair Shadow

By MKM2115

Other

Falling

Disclaimer: I don't own Lord of the Rings!

Prologue

"Ori?" she rasped, swallowing the fresh blood that had trickled into her mouth. Their water skins had long run out, leaving them with dust filled throats and harsh voices. Her whisper was barely heard over the shrieking goblins at the door with their drums.

A hand clasped hers weakly and she turned her head enough to see the dwarf beside her. "I'm here, Thira," the soft voice assured her. There was an exhaustion in his voice that alerted her dimly to the fact that he would soon be gone too. He'd held out to the last, her brave Ori, and she knew that if his brothers had known, they would have been proud. But there had not even been time to send notice to Erebor of Lord Balin's passing before the attacks had driven them in here, costing them the life of dear Oin as well. There would be no reinforcements from the Lonely Mountain simply because they did not know of the destruction in Moria.

"Close your eyes, Ori. It will be over soon," she replied. Most had succumbed to their wounds already, and she doubted her own strength to overcome those on her body. Ori would fade fast, so much faster than her elven self, and she had only three options. The goblins would break down the door, leaving her to fight to the death or stay seated and be killed in the shadow of Balin's tomb. Or she could swallow the leaves Radagast had given her so long ago and die peacefully with her friends. Squeezing the hand in hers, she let her sword fall.

Her fingers found the small pouch at her hip, slowly pulling it free. With blood and dust streaked fingers, she opened it and reached for the dry leaves waiting for her. They rumbled under her fingertips, so with a heavy sigh, she brought the pouch to her lips. "Thira?" Ori murmured, watching through glazed eyes as she swallowed and dropped the pouch.

"I'm here, Ori," she whispered, wrapping her hand back around the handle of her sword. A pang shot through her as she remembered the Dwarven king who had forged it with his own hands for her. She did not know how long it took before the scribe finally wheezed his last breath, but she knew her own was not far off. So she looked up at the white light one last time and closed her eyes, remembering all the kings she had served and kingdoms she had taken names in. But this would be her last. And she had failed to keep the promise that had spanned life times and the turning of an age.

"Forgive me, Ada."

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Tan T Garbutt: Josiah needs loved. N grateful he found it

Jasmine McClintock: I love this book but I have to stop reading caus I have to type this horrible review

Aliza Fahle: This story is very in depth. It's not a light read, it makes you think and question yourself. What would you do. If you lived in a world where a virus has practically wiped out the male population? The main characters are forced to question their beliefs and the lives they have always known. To u...

Isim Misi: Well for the first time in my book-reading history on this and another app, I find a book worthy of all-5 stars.Excellent storyline, correct pace, righteous characters do justice to this story.The edgy topic of age difference was what caught my attention. It really was a thoughtful theme!Though p...

Stephanie Rankin: An amazing book but definitely nee work on grammer and way the sentences are written out

LeviHawk: Great story, lots of mostly unexpected plot twists, that I suspected but still were quite a surprise. The ending was so sad though, which I wouldn't change because not all stories have a happy ending. Would definitely buy if this was published!

Sarah Skinner: Great story. Loved how it was easy to read.

emma oldham-sear: Had me up til 4am not wanting to stop reading! Ofc I loved the ending :)

Ana Lee: I adore this story! Though the plot thus far is not original, it is executed nicely. 👏

More Recommendations

Akshita Singh: I like it story is amazing I think it would be more amusing if the author write in more details like picture the situation by words

John Davidson: I personely loved it i am an hi bread an its story line merrers my own live an i hope an pray that you heave us an part 2 of this stroye necas like i sade i merers my life to an frighiting t an now tjat you got my atenshon

PerrinSM: I am really enjoying this book! The plot is unlike any other book I’ve read, and I’m hooked. The characters are great! Real people, real emotions. The relationships between the characters are rich and entertaining. However, I think there could be a little more there everyday life, like events tha...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.