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Fifth Eowyn/Legolas story

November 13th, 2005 (11:21 pm)

Title: Her reasons
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Eowyn/Legolas
Prompt: 80 Why?
Word Count: 540
Rating: G
Author's Notes: What you need to know if you haven’t read my earlier stories (which you can find here):

  • Legolas and Eowyn live together, as elf and wife, in Eryn Carantaur, the elven colony that Legolas founded in South Ithilien at the end of the Ring War.
  • Owing to a mishap with some poison, and the effects of its antidote, Eowyn’s body is now immortal (though it remains to be seen how that will affect her mind and spirit).
  • According to The Council of Elrond (though I have read differently elsewhere) Eowyn’s nickname, Melmenya, which is Quenya, means ‘my love’; Legolas’ nickname, Lassui, means ‘Leafy’.

Her reasons

A flock of birds, wading at the water’s edge, suddenly took flight, filling the sky with a great dark sigh of flapping wings.

“The Lady of the Shield Arm,” said Thorkell bogsveigir, bowing low in his saddle. “I am honoured.”

“You are a fool, bow-swayer,” hissed Eomer, reaching for his sword, “if you think that I will permit this—”

“Eomer, stop!” cried Legolas, holding up his hands. “Eowyn has accepted his challenge.”

“It is ridiculous! Surely you will not—”

She has accepted it!” repeated Legolas. “And we,”—he wrapped his arm around Eowyn’s shoulders—“must abide by her decision.”

The Beorning acknowledged the elf’s reluctant support with a bow of the head, before addressing himself to Eowyn: “Since it was I who issued the challenge, my lady, you may choose the weapons.”

“Swords,” said Eowyn, without hesitation.

“And your second?”

“My brother, Eomer.”

What!” Eomer swung himself down from his horse, but Haldir caught his arm and held him fast.

“I will return at dawn,” said Thorkell bogsveigir; and, ignoring the King’s curses, he spurred his horse and galloped back to his companions.

Have you lost your mind?” cried Eomer, shaking off Haldir’s restraining hands.

Eowyn stood her ground.

“By the gods’ grace you survive one battle and now you think you are a warrior? He will kill you before you have drawn your sword! And as for you!” He turned on Legolas.

“I must speak with Eowyn in private,” said the elf, calmly.

“You encouraged this! You took her hunting orcs!”

“Please, give us a moment together.”

Legolas held out his arm, and Eowyn took it, and he led her away from the crowd, through the yellow furze bushes, down to the river bank. Only then did he pull her into his arms. “Why, melmenya?” he whispered, “Why? Does what we have been granted—eternity together—mean nothing to you?”

“It means everything to me, Lassui.”

“Then why?”

“He was challenging you,” said Eowyn, softly. “Berryn was just an excuse—he knew that Berryn would not fight. He expected you to defend him.”

“Oh, melmenya…” He pressed his lips to her temple. “Did you think he would refuse you? Did you think you could shame him into riding away?”


“So you thought you were protecting me?”

“I thought… I thought that a bully and a coward did not deserve to fight you. I thought that a man who sneered at maidens should be taught a lesson. I thought…” She sighed. “Perhaps I did act foolishly. But I will not go back on my word.”

Legolas crushed her to his chest.

“You think that I will lose,” she said.

“I fear it, melmenya. Of course I do! He is…”

“A man?”

“A man, yes—bigger and stronger and more experienced than you are.”

“Will you stay with me, Lassui? Stay at my side until dawn?”

“How can you ask?”

“And support me?”

“You named Eomer as your second.”

“Only to bind him, my love, on his honour; only to stop him doing something foolish, like killing Thorkell bogsveigir during the night.”

“Of course I will stay melmenya—till dawn and forever—I have sworn it. No matter what happens tomorrow, I will never leave your side.”


Posted by: Sandrine's little corner (eowynangel)
Posted at: November 14th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)

I can't wait to see what next! So, did the fanfic100 challenge form a complete story at the end? I find it such a good idea!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: November 15th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)

I'm hoping that it will turn into a complete story with lots of extra scenes. But, looking at the list of prompts, I'm not sure how I'll work some of them into a story. (And there are so many :-(

Thanks for leaving a comment!

Posted by: Capella (capella_fic)
Posted at: November 14th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)

Ooh - good stuff. Despite the fact that I really don't go for Leggy-in-a-het-setting, (for entirely sad personal reasons,) I LOVE your Eowyn. It is good to see a strong central female character and such an interesting relationship between the two of them. I'll be looking forward to seeing the tale unfolding...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: November 15th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)

Despite the fact that I really don't go for Leggy-in-a-het-setting

My Leggy would be very disturbed to hear that, because he sees himself as 110% het! But I'm glad you like Eowyn. In a way, I think they're a slash couple who just happen to be male and female.

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