“Over my dead body!”
Gimli said, though his anger could not match the one of Legolas.
“Not only are you a woman, you’re an elf too!”
He yelled at the top of his lungs. The whispers in the background confirmed that most of them felt the same way.
“This is no mission for a woman.”
Boromir said, mocking me. I gave him a sharp stare.
“Vin edhel. I am no elf.”
I said, so that everyone understood me.
“I am a child of two worlds, that of men and that of the elves. Dwarfs saved my life as a child, and for that I owe them. A hobbit gave me his love and comfort, when I watched my mother die at the hands of orcs. And that gives me every right to defend the kingdoms of Middle Earth.”
I said, looking at Gimli.
“Surely your father told you this.”
I said as my final statement towards him. He seemed embarrassed, and gave a short nod. I looked at Boromir that was still against it.
“And as for me being a woman…”
I said, leaning towards him.
“I might have the heart and the temper of a human, but every sense and every part of my body is very much that of an elf.”
I said, giving him a daring stare. He was welcome to test me, but knowing the elves he knew he would lose. He looked away, and accepted his defeat.
“It would seem the matter has been settled.”
Gandalf said with a slight smile, and looked at Frodo.
“I will help you bear this burden, Frodo Baggins, as long as it is yours to bear.”
Placing his hand on Frodos shoulder, he too would come with us. Aragorn approached us, kneeling down.
“If by life or death I can protect you I will. You have my sword.”
He said, and got to his feet and walked to stand by my side. I looked at Legolas, now it was his turn to avoid eye contact with me it would seem. Properly because his anger would show, if he looked at me.
“And you have my bow.”
He said, forcing a smile on his face, as he looked at Frodo. He would have preferred to stand beside me, but Aragorn did not move, feeling the tension. So he took place beside him.
“And my axe.”
Gimli said, sounding ready to fight the entire army of Mordor on his own. He took place beside Legolas, looking at him shortly he seemed to think why not.
“You carry the fate of us all, little one. If this is indeed the will of the council then Gondor will see it done.”
Boromir said, and took his place among us.