Chapter 41

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Théoden: "A great host, you say?"

All have gathered in the Great Hall. After recovering from the shock of Aragorn's return, the King paces, listening to the news the man has brought.

Aragorn: "All Isengard is emptied."

Théoden: "How many?"

Aragorn: "Ten thousand strong at least."

Théoden turns to face Aragorn in shock.

Théoden: "Ten thousand?!"

Miyuki: "It is an army bred for a single purpose: to destroy the world of Men. They will be here by nightfall."

Théoden looks between the Aragorn & the dragon master before turning away.

Théoden: "Let them come."

Théoden walks outside, Aragorn, Legolas, Miyuki, Raiden & Gimli following him. Passing a guard, Théoden pats him on the shoulder.

Théoden: "I want every man & strong lad able to bear arms, to be ready for battle by nightfall."

Continuing to walk down the causeway, the King stops at the gate.

Théoden: "We will cover the causeway & the gate from above. No army has ever breached the deeping wall or set foot inside the Hornburg."

Miyuki [quietly]: "There's a first time for everything."

Gimli: "This is no rabble of mindless orcs. These are Uruk-hai. Their armor is thick & their shields broad."

Not having heard Miyuki, Théoden looks to the dwarf.

Théoden: "I have fought many wars, Master Dwarf. I know how to defend my own keep."

They continue walking.

Théoden: "They will break upon this fortress like water on rock. Saruman's hordes will pillage & burn, we've seen it before. Crops can be resown. Homes rebuilt. Within these walls, we will outlast them."

Aragorn: "They do not come to destroy Rohan's crops or villages. They come to destroy its people. Down to the last child!"

Théoden spins to face Aragorn. He is barely being able to maintain a strong facade.

Théoden: "What would you have me do? Look at my men. Their courage hangs by a thread. If this is to be our end, then I would have them make such an end as to be worthy of remembrance!"

Aragorn: "Send out riders, my lord. You must call for aid."

Théoden: "And who will come. Elves? Dwarves? We are not so lucky in our friends as you. The old alliances are dead."

Aragorn: "Gondor will answer."

Théoden looks surprised for a moment, then it turns to anger.

Théoden: "Gondor? Where was Gondor when the Westfold fell? Where was Gondor when our enemies closed in around us!? Where was Gon — No, my Lord Aragorn, we are alone."

Théoden walks from Aragorn. The man looks after the King of Rohan knowing he can do nothing to change his mind. Moving to Aragorn's side, Miyuki places a hand on his shoulder.

Miyuki: "He has a strong will. If he will not listen, all we can do is fight at his side to the best of our abilities. No matter what the outcome might be."


People scurry around Helm's Deep. Aragorn walks around, assessing the fortresses defences, followed by Legolas.

Aragorn: "We'll place the reserves along the wall. They can support the archers from above the gate."

Legolas: "Aragorn, you must rest. You're no use to us half-alive."

Èowyn: "Aragorn! I'm to be sent with the women into the caves."

Èowyn runs up to the man, visibly upset at what she had been ordered to do. Aragorn looks at her seriously.

Aragorn: "That is an honorable charge."

Èowyn: "To mind the children, to find food & bedding when the men return. What renown is there in that? The dragon master is a girl younger than I & she is permitted to fight?"

Aragorn: "My lady, a time may come for valor without renown. Who then will your people look to in the last defense?"

Èowyn: "Let me stand at your side."

Aragorn: "It is not in my power to command it."

Aragorn begins to walk away.

Èowyn: "You do not command the others to stay! They fight beside you because they would not be parted from you. Because they love you."

Pausing, Aragorn looks back at Èowyn. She then realises what she has said.

Èowyn: "I'm sorry."

She walks away. Aragorn looks after her.

Sorry for not updating for the past few days. A lot has been happening. I went to a research event in London with a friend on Thursday & it was incredibly interesting, especially the end where some ancient Byzantine medical spells were chanted aloud to music. At the same time, I have now suddenly landed a job interview & possibly a second for work after graduation. So been busy with preparing myself. Likely no update tomorrow as I will be out all day. Furthermore, I suddenly had an idea for a new LOTR story, in which the main character's attitude is a bit different to the usual ones I write. Anyway, hope you enjoy this chapter!


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