Thorkell! shrieked Eowyn.
And she hurled the spade with all her mightalmost throwing
herself with ithitting the nearest Orc squarely on the back
of its head and sending it sprawling over its victims chest.
Here, she screamed, leaning down from the branch
and beckoning the others, over here! Come on! Come over
The brutes exchanged glances. One of them smiled: Woman.
It began to rise.
Another grabbed its arm. Mine.
Here, shouted Eowyn, come here!
No! MINE! The first Orc lashed out, its claws
ripping the others face.
Panicking, the second Orc raised its hands to its sightless eyes;
then, with a howl of pain and fury, it launched itself at the
first, knocking it to the ground and, sitting astride its belly,
it pounded its headleft fist, right fist, left fist, right
Meanwhile, the bands single Uruk Hai, ignoring both the
brawl and its spade-struck comrade, padded towards Eowyn in an
obvious state of arousal.
The fourth Orc turned its attention back to Thorkell bogsveigir.
The unconscious Orc was lying upon him like a sated loverits
foul mouth pressed against his cheekand an unseen pair of
hands was opening his breeches, and Eowyns voice was quavering
with fearand Thorkell panicked.
With a superhuman strength born entirely of terror, the Beorning
rose up on his left armlifting a good ten stones of unconscious
Orc with himseized the spade, which had fallen down beside
him (missing his own face by inches), and swung it at the brute
kneeling between his legs.
He missedFuck the gods!but the creature was
slow-witted even for an Orc and, spurred on by a sudden scream
from Eowyn, the man immediately struck again, this time smashing
the spades sharp edge into the brutes throat.
The Uruk Hai approached the tree,
displaying its big erection like a weapon. You can not escape.
Almost choking on the fear that had risen, like bile, into her
mouth, Eowyn retreated towards the tree trunk, crawling backwards
The Uruk Hai followed
Eowyns foot slipped, and she lurched sideways, crying out
as she landed astride the branch, her groin hitting it hard, her
fingernails tearing as she grabbed hold of the bark
Then she screamed in terror as the Uruk Hai seized her ankle.
Throwing off the first Orc, Thorkell bogsveigir surged to his
feet like a Berserker, finished off his would-be rapist with a
single stamp to the neck andignoring the blinded Orc, which
was still pounding the remains of its companionwent after
the Uruk Hai.
Grasping the branch with one bloodied hand, Eowyn tried to draw
her sword. The Uruk Hai waited until her shaking fingers had closed
around its hilt, then yanked her leg.
It is playing with her, thought Thorkell, as he raised
the spadeEowyn was still, somehow, clinging to the treeher
fear is what is giving it that riseand he slammed the
blade into the brutes neck, cutting through to the boneBastard!changed
his grip and swung the spade back, smashing it into the side of
its headFucker!shifted his hands once morethe
Uruk had already sunk to its kneesand clubbed it to the
Then he hit it again.
And he kept on hitting until long after it had stopped moving.
He stared down at its lifeless body
At last, her voicesounding strangely small and uncertainpierced
the fog inside his head. He dropped his spade andoverestimating
his remaining strength now that his battle rage had subsidedhe
reached up into the tree, took her in his arms, and lifted her
His legs buckled beneath him.
Suddenly, he was lying on his back, staring up at the sky, with
Eowyn cradled against his chest.
He held her tight.