No i Melain na le, meleth nín,
he had said. May the Valar be with you, my love.
Then, galloping across the plain with Gimli at his
back, Eomer at his side, and forty elven and human warriors following
close behind, Legolas tried to focus on the task ahead.
This was no time for stealth. A few hundred yards from the trees,
Eomer raised his hunting horn and blewTa-rat-ta-raa,
Ta-rat-ta-raaaaaa!and his men let loose the dogs.
Into the woods they flew, with trackers and footsoldiers close
on their heels, and the mounted warriors following behind, crashing
through the bracken and hacking through the bramble.
Within minutes they had found their quarry.
Gimli, wasting no time, rolled off Arodís back, drew his small
throwing axe, and buried it in the back of a fleeing Orc.
Legolas, still mounted, raised his bow and shot. One!he
dropped a big Uruk Hai looming up behind GimliTwo!he
skewered a small Orc lying in wait for ValandilThree,
four, five!he felled three goblins converging
After them! cried Eomer, as the remaining Orcs, abandoning
their dead and dying, fled into the undergrowth. Do not
let them escape!
Come, elvellon, shouted Legolas, wheeling Arod. He
reached down and grasped the dwarfs arm
A ball of light exploded before Legolas eyes and, there,
silhouetted within it, stood a dark figure. He was tall like an
elf, with a mans muscular chest and powerful thighs, but
Reluctantly, Legolas met the creatures wild eyesand
the werewolf snarled, blood-flecked spittle dripping from its
Elf, yelled Gimli, elf! Either pull
me up or put me down!
What is wrong, lad?
Eowyn, gasped Legolas. We must get back to
They found Eomer, deeper in the Forest. How can you know,
he cried, hacking right and left at the Orcs who scurried, panic-stricken,
before his onslaught, that this thingif it exists
outside youryour visionhas anything to do with my
Master Wystan, shouted Legolas, nocking and loosing
an arrow, read my dream.
You dreamed of a wolf? Eomer urged his horse
The King grunted, pulling his spear from its straps. What
are you,he weighed the weapon in his hand, took aim,
and threwwhat are you going to do?
Gimli and I will turn back, shouted Legolas, picking
off an Orc that tried to rush Eomer as he bent to retrieve his
The King grunted again. Yes, he saidthough
it was plain that he was sceptical of his friends premonition.
I have said all along,he thrust his spear through
an Uruk Haithat you should not encourage her warrior-games.
Eowyn is a fine warrior, cried Legolas, loyally,
but I must go to her, EomerI must go now. This
is not something she can fight alone. May the Valar be with you,
mellon nín, he added. And pray to them that
Gimli and I reach her in time.