In battle she would obey Legolas orders without question,
but this was something differentsome natural or
unnatural calamityand, just as Legolas was trying to protect
her by telling her to flee, so her instinct was
to go back and protect him.
She had never heard him cry out in fear before.
And she never wanted to hear it again.
She made another attempt to dismountthough the mare was
panicking behind her, and even Brightstar seemed jitterybut,
as she swung her leg over, she heard Legolas shout, Bado,
Brightstar, BADO, and the horse obeyed him, taking
off at a gallop with Eowyn sprawled across the saddle.
For a few terrifying moments she thought she would fall, and
be trampled by the mare, butsomehowshe managed to
get her foot over the cantle, and back into the stirrup, and
then she was riding again, using her hands and her legs
to bring Brightstar under control
Until the sky went black.
Clinging to the saddle as she sped onwards, Eowyn looked up,
above her headand could not make sense of what she was
The pass had become a tunnel.
But, as her eyes became accustomed to the darkness, she quickly
realised that the roof was not only moving
but also covered in glittering scales.
Can it be?
She had never expected to see another fell beasthad believed
them all slainbut the horses terror convinced her
that one of them, at least, must still be alive.
Well, she thought, grimly, not for long.
Tearing her eyes from the creatures belly, she looked
ahead, her mind searching for an opening, her hand briefly touching
To left and right the banks were growing less steep. The pass
was opening out; she knew she must strike now.
She drew her weapon, and prepared to attack, but the beast
sprang forward, landing in front of her as she thundered out
onto the plain, rising onto its hind legs, flapping its wings,
and roaring, sending a spurt of flame high up into the
That, she thought, will take some killing.
Then Brightstar reared up beneath her and, sword still in hand,
she fell from his back.
Bado ... Go!