A Lady's duty - Book One of the Lorien Princess Trilogy (Legolas Love Story/ Lotr)

Authiel is the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel, princess and heir to the throne of Lorien. In order to prove herself to her people and her parents, she goes to Rivendell in order to attend a secret council. But, when her duty and her destiny become entwined, she finds herself in a company of an elf, two men, a dwarf, a wizard and four hobbits. What will happen when she discovers something about herself - a mystery buried in time and darkness - and what will happen when the dark lord learns of her power in this tale? Will she survive?

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4. Chapter Three - The Danger Begins

Once I had departed from Galadhrim citadel, the silence among the trees was breath taking. Walking with Athae besides me and Pelior soaring high up in the air, dodging the twisted branches as she flew, I reached the bottom of the steep valley and began to climb up the remaining hill. It took over an hour but eventually we reached vast forest that surrounded the city. Although the city is in a wood and the path that I had just was in that wood. The forest that surround was much vaster than any other in our region. I do think that the only the place that I know of with a fair larger and older forest, that would be the Greenwood; or Mirkwood as men call it.

As I walked through the dense forest, I could hear the sound of some ones soft tred on the ground; someone creeping closer and closer to me. I knew that they were only a few feet away from the sound of their tred.

Slowly, I grabbed the handle of my sword and quietly drew it from my sheath. I, then, spun around and held the knife to my stalker’s throat. They had a thick hood over their head that was draped across their eyes.

“Who are you and why are you following me?” I demanded.

The only sound that they made was a sort of spluttered mumble of some words that I could not recognise. With an angered sigh, my spare hand lashed out and at the hood. I pulled it back and a gasp slipped from my lips. An elf was before me with pure white hair and broad shoulders.

“Haldir!” I gasped, my eyes widening with shock.

“My Lady!” He spluttered.

It was only then I realised that my blade was still pressed to his throat. It was pressed so hard that I knew there would certainly be a mark left and that if I was not careful then blood would most definitely be drawn. I dropped it to my side and I watched as he ran his hand over his throat whilst he took large gulps of air.

“Why on earth were you creeping up on me?” I demanded, “I could have killed you!”

Haldir smiled at me and replied, “I had to be certain that you would be able to fend for yourself. There are many new enemies out on the road these days. Enemies that would gladly kill a fair maiden; or do worse things to!”

I shuddered at that thought but faked a smile, saying,

“I know that, my friend. You act as though this will be my first time leaving the wood. I have been in many a battle over my years of life.”

“You have not left this city unaccompanied since the …. The incident all those years ago.”

“I am ready. You know this, I know this. Even my Mother and Father know this. Do you really think they would really let me go if they did not think I was capable of caring for myself?”

I smiled at him and continued to walk on. Silence the air. After sometime it was he who broke it.

“You will stay say, won’t you?”

“Of course I will. What, do you doubt my skills, my dear friend? Do you really think that I would allow something like that to happen again?”

Silence.

“Which path are you planning on taking?”

“The path of Caradhras!”

“Excuse me?”

“I am going to take the Redhorn pass over Caradhras; you know the one over the Misty Mountains.”

“Is that … wise?”

“It is a much quicker path to take compared of travelling to the Gap of Rohan and there will be less enemies on those roads; Sauron’s orcs would perish if they dared to step on that pass. I will be perfectly safe.”

“Yet you said the same thing on that terrible day so many years ago!”

“I know I said that. Do you not think I do not feel the guilt of that day upon my conscious on a regular basis? For I do! I wake in shakes most nights thinking of that terrifying night even though I know that I could do nought to save either of them. Those orcs had orders to take all of us. If it was not for my training perhaps more deaths would have occurred …”

“It was not your fault. Do not blame yourself!”

“I could have saved them,” I muttered.

“You know that is not true, Authiel. You know that as well as I. All know that you tried to save them but you were overpowered. Their number was greater than any could possibly over through, yet somehow you managed to destroy most of their numbers; do not doubt yourself!”

“I suppose.”

“You will be fine. But you do know that these memories will be greater on the mountains.”

“I know that!”

“Then, if you are certain …”

“Which I am!”

“Very well. It is your choice.”

Grinning, we continued to walk. After a while I spoke,

“You will look after them for me, will you not?”

“Who?”

“Why my Mother and Father of course.”

“Do you doubt their safety?” He asked with a raised eyebrow.

“No … well, yes … well … I – I just have a feeling that is all.”

“What sort of feeling?”

“It … it is not important …”

“Of course it is. Go on, nín muinthil, tell me!”

[… my sister]

I paused. Once I had taken a deep breath I spoke,

“It is simply a feeling. I can feel the evil that is rising in the east even from this safe haven. It grows stronger every day and Sauron knows me. We no longer have the valuable advantage!”

“Advantage?”

“The last time he did not know me; I was invisible to him and his evil followers. If it were not for my bold alliance with Isiludur and my own reckless foolishness then I would still be invisible; alas, life is unfair.”

“Perhaps, it is good that he knows you; that way of your powers. He knows that he should fear you. He does not know the limits of your powers. For all he knows, you could simply reach into your mind and find a way to destroy him!”

A chuckle passed from my lips, “You do not really that, do you?”

“Of course I do Authiel. Have faith!”

“I hope that you are right, Haldir. I really do; but then again you usually are.”

“See, all will be fine. Athae and Pelior will watch over you.”

                At this point, we reached the edge of the forest and the river Nimrodel was directly in front of the trees, sparkling in the warm sunlight. The sky was clear blue and birds elegantly flitted across it, ducking and diving as they went. Looking at it, I could feel nerves bubbling up inside of me. Haldir placed a hand on my shoulder. I looked at him and I could feel my eyes beginning to cloud over.

“Hey,” he whispered, pulling me into a tight hug, “Everything will be fine; I swear!”

“I hope you are right!” I whispered, snuffling slightly.

“You know I am!”

Grinning at him, I moved away from him. But I did not yet too far. Instead, Haldir grabbed my and pulled me back so that I was twisted around to look around at him.

“Galadriel told me to ensure that you wore this.”

He held up a strip of floating material similar to my dress. I took it from him and I instantly knew what to do with it. Two small threads were looped on either side of the material. Holding up my hair, Haldir hooked either loop on my ear and then tied the ends together at the back of my neck. Once it was secure, I let my hair slam back to my spine. I hugged Haldir one final time. With that, I approached Athae. She already knew what I was going to happen for she had dropped to the ground. I elegantly climbed on her back. Once she had raised herself up, I pulled the hood over my head and the only features that were visible were my dark brown eyes.

“Rechyn nyrn, Authiel. Baw glingar thel pol-dant nit!”

[Ride hard, Authiel. No danger will be fall you!]

With a nod, I looked once more at the trees – my home – and men charged off into the beauty of nature.

 

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