Haldir was mumbling the same words, over and over...
NO, thought Legolas, No, nthere is no blood.
Why is there no blood? Has she fainted? Please, Valar, let her
just have fainted...
"Help me," he cried. "Help me get this armour
Fingers shaking, clumsy with fear, he unlaced her leather cuirass
and, with Haldir's help, pulled off her mail, ripped open her
"It is just a scratch
"Poison." Haldir's words stabbed his spirit.
"She said it burned."
"We must get her to Master Dínendal. NOW."
How he carried her to Arod, lifted her onto Arod's backHaldir
must have helped mecrossed the ford, found the healing
cave, he had no idea. "Stay with me, melmenya, stay with
"Lay her down here, my lord," said Master Dínendal,
quickly preparing a rock-shelf bed. "What has happened?"
Thank the Valar for Dínendal!
Sweet Eru, how he longed to make love to her!
If anyone knew what was in my heart!
He had been excited by battleof coursebut, the moment
she had fallen, his arousal had been transformed into something
elsea tender desirea yearningfor his
As though his love could put things right!
"Have you news of the cure?" he asked, anxiously.
"Yes, my lord, though I confess I do not understand how
it can possibly work"
"What is it?" asked Haldir.
Dínendal cleared his throat. "You must lie with her,
my lord," he said.