Chapter 19

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The Fellowship stands on a platform in the rustling foliage.

Haldir: "Mae govannen, Legolas Thranduilion (Welcome Legolas, son of Thranduil)."

Legolas: "Govannas vîn gwennen le, Haldir o Lórien (Our Fellowship stands in your debt, Haldir of Lórien)."

Haldir glances at Aragorn.

Haldir: "A, Aragorn in Dúnedain istannen le ammen (Oh, Aragorn of the Dúnedain, you are known to us)."

Aragorn: "Haldir."

Miyuki watches the exchange confused, not understanding the language. Raiden, having lived a long time, understood the tongue of all races & bent down, translating for his mistress. Haldir glances towards them & is about to speak when he is interrupted.

Gimli [annoyed]: "So much for the legendary courtesy of the Elves! Speak words we can also understand!"

Haldir [cold]: "We have not had dealings with the Dwarves since the Dark Days."

Gimli [cross]: "And you know what this dwarf says to that? Ishkhaqwi ai durugnul (I spit upon your grave)!"

Aragorn grabs Gimli, very serious. Miyuki glances curiously at Raiden for a translation of what Gimli had said. She looks shocked at the meaning.

Aragorn: "That was not so courteous."

Haldir: "It is an honour to finally meet the Dragon Master. Welcome to the Golden Wood."

Seemingly having noticed Miyuki did not understand the elven tongue, the elf switched to speak in common. He bows, to which Miyuki, saying nothing, returns. Haldir then glances at Frodo.

Haldir: "You bring great evil with you."

The elf looks at Aragorn.

Haldir: "You can go no further."

He walks away. Aragorn follows. Sam & Pippin turn to look at Frodo. He looks slightly uncomfortable.


Aragorn argues with Haldir.

Aragorn [angrily]: "Boe ammen veriad lîn. Andelu i ven (We need your protection. The road is fell)!"

Haldir whispers back inaudibly.

Aragorn: "Merin le telim (I wish we may come with you)."

Haldir answers quietly, again so that only Aragorn can hear his words.

Aragorn: "Henio, aníron boe ammen i dulu lîn (Please, understand, we need your support)!"

Legolas turns to look at Frodo, who looks uncomfortably away & his eyes fall on Sam. Sam looks away, a hurt expression in his eyes. Merry & Pippin do likewise. Gimli glances at Frodo. Miyuki is quiet, having said nothing since Haldir had said 'great evil'. Raiden glances at his mistress but he too says nothing. Aragorn continues to argue loudly.

Aragorn: "Andelu i ven (The road is very dangerous)."

Boromir: "Gandalf's death was not in vain...nor would he have you give up hope."

Frodo looks up as the Gondorian approaches him.

Boromir: "You carry a heavy burden, Frodo...don't carry the weight of the dead."

Frodo ponders this. Haldir appears, looking less than happy.

Haldir: "You will follow me."

The elves lead the Fellowship along a ridge, through the golden woods. Boromir glances at Frodo behind him. The group comes to the end of the high ridge & looks out. A great glade of trees rises above them.

Haldir: "Caras Galadhon...the heart of Elvendom on earth. Realm of the Lord Celeborn & of Galadriel, Lady of Light."

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