Eowyns head jerked up. Legolashis spiritwas
She scanned the trees, looking for his captor, spotted a strange,
birdlike thing lurkingwatching herand
reached for her sword. Set him free, she said, calmly.
The thing stepped out into the open. It was small, and filled
Eowyn gripped her weapon.
But the creature swung its great pack pack from its shoulders
and opened it, inviting her with a sweep of its hand to come closer,
and view its wares.
Eowyn shook her head.
The thing edged nearer.
Eowyn watched it like a hawk.
It took another step, and then another.
Eowyn waited, tensely.
The thing dipped a hand into the clutter of knick-knacks, scooped
out a tiny bottleof sapphire crystaland, removing
the stopper, held it out to her.
Eowyns concentration broke, for just a moment; she looked
into the bottles sparkling depths, clear and blue like the
huge skies over Rohan, and she seemed to hear the bustle of the
great Golden Hall at feast-time...
Her hand rose to take it
But Legolas voice filled her head: Be careful,
And, No, she screamed, clumsily swinging her sword.
The creature reeled back, dropping its pack. Trinkets flew in
all directions, and Eowyns eye was strangely drawn to an
iridescent shell, which sailed through the air, hit a stone, and
Legolas sat bolt upright. Melmenya!
Lassui? Eowyn turned towards him
No, melmenya! he cried. Kill
it! Behead it!
Eowyn spun back.
The thing was still lying on the ground, its arms and legs flailing,
and her warriors heart faltered at the thought of striking
an enemy already brought low.
But, breathing deeply, she steeled herself and, raising her sword,
cleaved its head from its shoulders with a single blow.
They burned the body.
Then, carefully, they gathered up all the bottles and the jars,
the flasks and the drinking horns, the boxes and the birds
skulls, and laid them beside the stone that had set Legolas free.
We must break them open, melmenya, he said, and
release the fëar.
But... Eowyns fingers brushed lightly over
the objects. What will become of them, Lassui? They are
all so far from their bodies
Suppose they cannot find their
Then they will fly to the House of Mandos, melmenya,he
smiled, sadly,and I do not believe they will wait
there long. Mandos will give them new bodies, and let them
choosewhether to dwell in bliss in Valinor, or to return
here, to Middle-earth. He took her hands and raised them
to his lips. We must do this, melmenya, for I promised
themwe all promised each otherthat none of us would
rest until the others were free. Death, my darling; death before
captivity. We swore it.
When it was done, Legolas helped Eowyn to her feet and, hand-in-hand,
they walked slowly back to the city.
Can you tell, asked Eowyn, softly, what has
happened to them?
Some, I think, are back in their bodies, Legolas
Oh, thank the gods
But most are still with us, melmenya. He smiled at
her as, frowning, she peered into the air around her. They
are giving you their heartfelt thanks before they set out on the
happy journey home.