Legolas and Eowyn

A brief interval of fun and games before the next adventure…

"It is so nice to be home," said Eowyn, as Legolas carried her along the walkway to their private chambers, "even if it will only be for a few hours. I do not suppose... No..."

"What, melmenya?" Legolas prompted.

"That we could send Aragorn an excuse and stay here for Yule? We could spend some time together, just the two of us," she grinned, "in bed."

Legolas laughed and kissed the top of her head. "No, melmenya— wonderful as that would be—we cannot! It is an official visit and we accepted Aragorn's invitation months ago. We will be several days late as it is."

He carried her through the front door, across the lobby, and into the sitting room—

"Legolas!" Eowyn gasped. "It is beautiful!"

The fireplace, the pillars, and the beams of their severely elegant sitting room had all been decorated with garlands of holly, ivy, mistletoe, and fir cones; the windows had been hung with deep green velvet spangled with golden stars; and the mantelpiece and hearth sparkled with hundreds of tiny white candles.

"How ever did you do it?" she asked.

"I asked Míriel to arrange it, before we left for Minas Athrad."

He carried her over to the fireplace and set her down on one of the chairs clustered round the fire. "I am glad you like it," he added, almost shyly.

"I love it. Thank you! But now, more than ever, I want to stay at home."

Legolas knelt before her and kissed her hands. "You will enjoy Minas Tirith, melmenya," he said. "I promise."

She smiled. Then a thought struck her: "Legolas," she said, "we still have presents to wrap!"

Eowyn took a sip of mulled wine. "How is that?" she asked.

She held up the parcel she had been struggling with.

"Terrible, melmenya!" Legolas laughed. "Give it to me." He carefully undid her handiwork. "The secret," he said, "is to match the shape of the wrapping to the shape of the present." He picked up a circle of rose-pink gauze.

"Do you think Gimli will like that colour?" asked Eowyn.

"He is a dwarf, melmenya. Dwarves love all beautiful things... Now, pull up the ends like this, tie it off with thread, like this, decorate it with a ribbon, and arrange the ends of the bow, like this.

"You try."

"Perhaps I should wrap Faramir's book—he will be more forgiving."

She took a bite of caraway cake. Choose a piece of fabric the right size and shape—dark blue for Faramir—pull up the ends, tie off with thread—hmmm, not too bad—decorate with a ribbon... "Stop laughing, or you will be sleeping alone tonight! In the garden."


"There is not enough time to get everything packed!"

"Míriel will do the packing, melmenya. All you have to do is tell her what you want to take. Anyway, you will not need much..." His voice trailed away.

"Why not?"

Legolas tried to look innocent. "We are only going for a few days."

Eowyn laughed. "You are a poor lier, Legolas."


"It is written all over your face!"

"All right," he admitted, at last, "I have the feeling that the Yuletide Elf might be bringing you a few things..."

"Gowns? Let me see!"

"No, melmenya!"

"Please." She grinned mischievously.

Legolas hesitated. Just one, he thought. "Very well. Stay here, then. Do not try to see where I am going."

Eowyn waited impatiently whilst Legolas disappeared into their bedchamber.

How could he possibly have hidden anything in there? she wondered.

He returned with a large, flat parcel, wrapped in iridescent green gauze and decorated with a golden ribbon tied in a large, artfully arranged, bow.

He laid it on her lap. "Merry Yuletide, melmenya."

Eowyn ran her fingers over the golden bow. "It is beautiful," she said. "I love it."

"You have not opened it yet!"

She pulled the ends of the bow, carefully untied the ribbon, and unwrapped the fabric. Inside was a gown of bright green velvet, embroidered with clusters of golden holly leaves and with deep red holly berries.

"Oh, Legolas!"

She held it against herself. The neckline, edged with golden beadwork, was cut very low, in the elven fashion. She looked at the elf, suspiciously.

Legolas laughed. "You will look lovely, melmenya," he said. "Your wound will be fully healed by Yule. And look"—he showed her the underdress, made from translucent gold silk and decorated with tiny golden snowflakes—"this goes underneath. It will show a little at the neckline, and preserve your modesty... Try them on." He helped her change out of her tunic and leggings.

"The gown laces up the back," said Eowyn.

"Mmmmm," said Legolas, pulling the laces tight. "That way, you will always need help undressing, melmenya!" He carried her into the bedchamber and held her in front of the mirror. "Do you like it?"

Eowyn examined her reflection. "It is the most beautiful gown I have ever seen," she said, giving him a tender kiss. "Thank you..." Then she added, excitedly, "Carry me over to the dressing table! But do not look!"

When she was quite sure that Legolas' back was turned, she opened her jewellery box, took out a small silver key and unlocked the cupboard on her side of the table. She sorted through a pile of small parcels, selected one—wrapped, rather untidily, in bright orange fabric—and made a last minute attempt to straighten its corners. Then she closed the cupboard door.

"You can look now," she said, holding the present out towards him.

Legolas gave her a ravishing smile. "Thank you, melmenya!" He weighed it in his hand; it was light. He shook it; it made no sound.

"Open it!"

Legolas carried her to the bed and, sitting beside her, carefully unwrapped the present.

It was a large comb, carved from a single piece of dark red wood, its spine decorated with a line of intricately detailed Mûmakil. Legolas examined the animals carefully.

"It is beautiful, melmenya, thank you." He sniffed it. "It smells of spices!"

"I know. It is the natural smell of the wood. It comes from a tree that grows only in Far Harad."

Legolas' expression turned wicked. He handed her the comb.

"Take off your tunic," she said, smiling.

She unfastened his braids and gently massaged his scalp. He sighed contentedly. Then she began combing, working out a few tiny snags, until she could run the comb through the full length of his hair. Legolas moaned.

Eowyn had had relatively little experience of men, but she was almost certain that this reaction was uniquely elven—and that her gift had been the perfect choice.

"Lean forward," she whispered. She put the comb down and began to massage Legolas' neck and shoulders and to kiss the delicate points of his ears.

"Oh, melmenya," he gasped, his back arching sharply.

Eowyn laughed. "I love the way your ears are so sensitive..."

Legolas rolled over, pinned her to the bed and kissed her hungrily, tickling her neck and shoulders with his mouth and his loose hair.

Eowyn wriggled, laughing, beneath him, and they hugged tightly. Then Legolas suddenly stilled. "Wait, melmenya! I have something else for you!"

He jumped up, and ran into the sitting room. Moments later he returned, and placed another parcel on her lap.

Eowyn examined it closely. It was a cylinder, about ten inches long, made from a brightly coloured material that was neither fabric nor parchment, but something similar to both, and its ends were twisted to form a sealed pocket in the middle.

"Hold your end tightly," said Legolas, grasping the other end. "Now, pull!"


"OH!" cried Eowyn, falling over onto the bed, laughing.

Legolas hugged her. "You have won, melmenya," he said. "See!"

Eowyn examined the cylinder. It had torn in two, and she had been left holding the larger part. Inside the pocket was a slip of parchment and a small wooden box.

"Why did it explode?" she asked.

"It contains a small amount of the powder that Mithrandir used to use in his fireworks," Legolas replied. "Pulling makes it explode—do not ask me how, Eowyn nín, for I do not know."

Eowyn grinned. "Where did you get it?"

"Dol Amroth. I had a terrible time keeping it dry on the way home..."

Eowyn read the parchment.

"I know a word of letters three,
Add two, and fewer there will be."

She looked at Legolas questioningly.

He grinned. "I am not telling you the answer, meleth nín," he said. "You will have to work it out for yourself. Open the box!"

Eowyn took up the wooden box, and removed its polished lid. "Oh!"

It was a ring or, rather, two rings—one silver, one gold—flowing over and under and around each other.

"It is a betrothal ring, melmenya," said Legolas. "I know it is a little late, but I wanted you to have one—I wanted to give you one." He took it from the box and slipped it onto her finger.

"Thank you," she whispered.

"This one?" asked Legolas, "or this one?"

Eowyn was sitting in bed, drinking mulled wine, and helping Legolas choose the clothes he would take to Minas Tirith.

She sighed. The wine was strong and—though it was a very enjoyable job—Legolas' hair was loose and his chest was bare, and she was growing impatient.

"I do not know," she said.

Legolas laid both tunics over a chair and sat down beside her. "What is it, melmenya?" he asked anxiously. "Are you feeling unwell?" Illness was new—and frightening—to him.

Eowyn shook her head; then she wrapped her arms around him, and whispered in his ear, "You have not made love to me all day."

"Oh, my love," he said, "we must put that right." And, tenderly kissing her face, her neck, and her breasts, he used one hand to unlace his leggings. Eowyn immediately took hold of him and drew him towards her.

Legolas smiled down at her. "My impatient Shieldmaiden..."

He buried his face in her neck and let her guide him... Then he flexed his hips and entered her in one firm but gentle thrust.

They both sighed with pleasure.

"Keep still, meleth nín," he whispered. He lay on top of her, enfolding her in his arms, and only his hips moved, in a slow, inexorable rhythm.

"FEW!" cried Eowyn, her body arching.


"All I said was—"

"I know what you said. But what you want to know," said Eowyn, "is whether this lover I had before Faramir was Aragorn—you are jealous. That is why you are so angry—"

"I am not angry—"

"Yes you are. Why? Does it matter if it were Aragorn?"

"Of course it matters! It matters because I loved you, even then," cried Legolas, furiously, "it matters because Aragorn was already betrothed. He had no right to take you. He had no right to—"

"He did not! He did not, Legolas!"

Legolas stared at her, confused.

"It was Theodred!" she said. "It was not Aragorn. Theodred was my first lover."

"Theodred? Oh, melmenya"—he reached for her—"melmenya..."

He slipped his hands around her waist and pulled her close, burying his face in her hair.

Eowyn did not resist, but she remained aloof. "How many lovers did you have before me?"

"Does it matter?"

"Of course it matters, now. How many?"

Legolas sighed. "Twelve," he admitted. "But I am much older than—"

"No you are not! I am almost middle-aged; you are young for an elf! But I suppose," she added, "as a Prince, you were encouraged to sow your wild oats. I suppose some palace official was ordered to supply you with as many ellith—"


"You started this, Legolas, being jealous!" She sighed, and began tracing the muscles in his chest with her finger. "So who did you have before me?"

"I cannot tell you that—"

"Why not?" she asked. "I told you. And, besides, I need to know."

Legolas sighed; she was right. "There was an elleth my tutor hired," he said, "after my coming of age ceremony—she was the first."

"That is a sad way to start," said Eowyn, softly.

"There was the daughter of my father's Chief Counsellor. Several other ladies at court—"

"How many?"

"Four. There was an elleth I—er—knew in one of the settlements to the north of Mirkwood. A serving elleth—"


"I treated her well. A dancer at Imladris, when I attended the Council of Elrond. And two bathing attendants at Lorien."


Legolas nodded, looking slightly embarrassed.

"And then you tried to get me into bed at Edoras—you were busy during the Fellowship," she said, dryly. "But that is only eleven. Who was the twelfth, Legolas?"

He hesitated for a long time. "Arwen," he admitted, at last.

Eowyn was taken aback. "Arwen!"

"It was many years ago, melmenya. Long before Aragorn was born."

"Was it serious, with Arwen?" she asked.

"No, melmenya!"

"Was it serious with any of them?"


"So it was just physical?"


"Were they better than me?"

"Oh, melmenya!"

"That means yes."

"No! No it does not! No one could ever be better than you!"

"Not even the whore?"

"The whore was efficient."

"What does that mean?"

"It was over in moments."

Eowyn smirked, her face buried in his chest. "That was not her doing," she said. "With you it is often over in moments."


"Was she better the second time?"

"There was no second time. She wanted more money."

In spite of herself Eowyn laughed. She raised her head and Legolas smiled at her. "What about the others?" she asked, softly.

"Oh, Eowyn! What if I were to ask you about Faramir and Theodred?"

"Then I would tell you that Faramir was kind and gentle but that his heart was not in it," said Eowyn, "and that Theodred... Theodred was too much like Eomer, and I could not let go."

Legolas kissed her tenderly and—at length—felt her relax in his arms.

"I did begin to think," she said, softly, "that there was something wrong with me."

"No, melmenya. No! You are a wonderful lover—passionate and giving—I meant it when I said there was no one like you. Not for me. You give me everything I have ever wanted. You give me joy such as I never imagined existed."

"Really?" Eowyn asked, with child-like insecurity. "Truthfully?"

"Of course, my darling. We are perfectly suited, you and I. Woman and elf."

Eowyn nodded. "You are hot where I am cold and cold where I am hot," she said.


"It is something I thought a few days ago," she said, softly. "But the truth is that we are not perfectly suited—the truth is that some of your brief affairs with ellith will have lasted for longer than my entire lifetime—"


"I do not want to leave you, Legolas," she whispered.

Legolas shook his head. "I will not survive you, Eowyn nín. I will die when you die—"


"Shhhhh," he kissed her hand. "We will never be parted, melmenya. We will be together forever. I have made up my mind—"

Eowyn pushed herself up on her hands in alarm. "To do what?" she cried.

"To follow you," he said. "Woman and elf, we were both created by Ilúvatar. And the Valar gave you to me. Whatever happens to men when they die, wherever they take you, I will follow. I will beg to be admitted. It may take time, but I will persist—"


"Shhhhh. Will you wait for me?"

"Of course I will wait for you."

"Do you think your ancestors will accept me as your husband?"

A single tear ran down Eowyn's cheek. "Oh my love... Yes."

"Then it is agreed?"

Eowyn nodded.

"Good," said Legolas, smiling. He reached up and lifted her bowed head until their eyes met and an answering smile transformed Eowyn's face—and they grinned at each other like two children who had just agreed to be naughty.

And when he turned her onto her back, and gently pressed her into the bed, she did not resist, but wrapped her legs around his waist and returned his kisses with equal passion.


The End




"Am I really better than Arwen?"

"Oh, melmenya!"




Contents page

Contents page

Previous chapter: The victor
Is Eowyn happy in her new life? Or is the merman lying?.

Chapter 7

Extra scene: A pleasant time in Rivendell
Legolas seduces a dancer…

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Extra scene: For me the grief is too near
Two bathing attendants 'comfort' Legolas after the loss of Gandalf.

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Extra scene: I am happy for you
Arwen gives Legolas some advice.

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Just in case you've never seen one!