The LoTR100

This site posts a subject every week and challenges writers to examine it in pieces of exactly 100 words

October 30: Weather

Tattered shreds of cloud streak the sky where the dark rends the heavens in its spectral hands. The dead pour through the rents like drops of oily rain.

Terror rises in the bitter wind that wraps shredded grave goods across our faces, the taste of ash cloying in the mouth, choking in the back of the throat.

Why ride on to destruction when we might surrender here, bodies dissolving, souls scattered on a storm that howls with the mouths of the dishonorable dead.

But the darkness is no match for the power concealed in the black banner of the king.

November 1: Cowardice

I know that this has gone far enough, that however bright the light the cursed things bear, it is shadow we reach for.

Is it the fear of what I have bound myself to, the thought of cold and void, the heart-freezing loneliness of the outermost dark? Or is it the fear of my brother's fear? Is it his loneliness, his disappointment that drives me to do once more what I understand will never be over unless I am strong enough to say no now?

What does it matter? I know that I do it out of fear, not love.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for private enjoyment, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.


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