Legolas waited until Eowyn and the two horses had disappeared
down the pass, then he urged Arod forward.
A deep sense of foreboding had come over him, raising the hairs
on the back of his neck, and he was about to call out and ask
Eowyn if anything was wrong, when a deafening crack sounded
overhead and, with a blast of foul air, the sky went dark.
Legolas reined in Arod and, trying to keep the horse calm,
looked upwardsand found himself staring into a vast, malevolent
He knew it was a dragonhaving seen the great worm Smaug
when it was laying waste to the lands north of Mirkwoodbut
he was taken by surprise when the creature suddenly lowered
its head, opened its mouth, and poured a river of flame into
Agggh, he screamed, shrinking back as tongues
of fire licked his entire right side, singeing his hair and
scorching his skinand, instantly, he thought of Eowyn:
Get clear melmenya! he shouted. Ride! Ride!
And he grabbed a handful of cloak and slapped at the flames,
reaching out with his Elven senses to search for his wifes
He sensed a moment of hesitation from her, then felt her resolve
to come back and save him, and he knew that he must stop her:
Bado, he shouted to Brightstar, confident that the
horse would obey him, BADO, Brightstar!
He heard a reassuring whinny, but cursed himself when the dragon
took interest, dropping a man from one of its forelimbs, and
a second manarms and legs flailingfrom the other,
before moving off in Eowyns direction.
Legolas dug his heels into Arods flanks, urging him to
But the dragons tail swung so quickly, even an Elf could
not avoid it.