Legolas glanced at Eowyn; tears were spilling down her cheeks.
Oh, melmenya... He wrapped his arm around her shoulders,
and pulled her close.
My Lord, said a voice, if I might make a
Legolas rubbed Eowyns back. By all means, Sir Bors.
Dragons crave company, my Lord, said the man. Without
it, they become bitter, and cruel. They do not live well together,
but prefer the society of menand, of course, of beautiful
Ladies. He bowed to Eowyn. If you were to set aside,
my Lord, a territory of perhaps one hundred square miles, uninhabited
but well-stocked with game
Emyn Elenath, said Eowyn. The Starry Hills,
Lassuithey would be perfect!
Legolas looked up at the dragon. What is to stop it straying
into Newhome, or Doro Lanthron, and terrorising the settlers?
He will promise not to, said Eowyn.
There is also the company, my Lord, said Bors.
If you were to build a dragon-tower, somewhere
high in the hills, which was constantly manned by a handful
of willing people
Lile thing! cried the dragon, happily.
I will visit you, said Eowyn, I promise;
but I have responsibilities elsewhere.
Who would want to live with a dragon? asked Legolas,
Scholars, said Eowyn. It will be a wonderful
opportunity for them, Lassui. They will come from all over Middle
And I, myself, would be happy to spend time with it,
said Sir Bors, if Prince Arthur will give me permission.
Well, said Arthur, who had been listening in silence,
youre not much use as a knight.
Thank you, my Lord.
Very well, said Legolas, turning to the dragon,
with a sigh. You will fly us down to the ground and then
you will wait for us up here. We will return in fourteen dayscan
Then... Look for us when the moon is one-quarter full,
said Legolas. We will take you south, to a place where
you will be free to hunt, and to spend time withwith your
We will appoint guards to make sure that everybody treats
you well, said Eowyn.
An Lile thing will come an visit?
An poke n prod?
Legolas turned to Eowyn, startled.
He likes to watch me practise my sword guards,
she said. Yes, I shall.
We will see.
Elenath ... the starry host, all the
stars of heaven.