Until the very End


36. The Return of the King - Chapter 3


"Merry!" I call out his name as I follow him up the watch tower, Aragorn behind me also calling my name. From the tower, we watch Shadowfax run towards Gondor. "He's always followed me. Everywhere I went, since before we ere tweens. I would get him into the worst sort of trouble. But I was always there to get him out. And now he's gone" Merry tells us, I place a hand on Merry's shoulder, "Just like Frodo, and Sam" Merry says. "One thing I've learned about Hobbits: they are most hardy folk" Aragorn tells him, "Foolhardy maybe. He's a Took" Merry says and we all laugh as Shadowfax becomes a white dot in the horizon.

Aragorn and I were standing outside when I glanced up to the snowy mountains, I stared at them as the last beacons is lit. I turned back to Aragorn and smiled, "Race you" I say as I already take off, "Cheat!" he calls after me. We run through the streets of Edoras, pushing each other as we go, until we get to the Golden Halls. I shove open the doors and run in, "The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit!" Aragorn shouts before I could get a word out, "Gondor calls for aid!" I finish. Theoden, who was in council with his men, pauses and takes stock of our news. "And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim!" Theoden tells everyone.

A solider rings the alarm bell as we get ready to ride for Gondor, and war. I was getting Nuala ready when Eowyn pulls a horse up beside me. "You ride with us?" I ask her, "Just to the encampment. It's tradition for the women of the court to farewell the men" she informs me. I lift up and blanket and it uncovers a sword, Eowyn quickly pulls the blanket down to hide it, "You and Aragorn has given us hope" she tells me.

I mount Nuala and ride over to Legolas and Gimli, "Horseman, hmph! I wish I could muster a legion of Dwarves, fully armed and filthy" Gimli says, "Your kinsmen may have no need to ride to war" I tell him as I ride past, "I fear war already marches on their lands" I hear Legolas say. I ride up to Merry to see him having trouble with his pony, as it refuses his master's kicks. I tug on the reins of Merry's pony and he moves along, I smile on as Merry has a grin on his face. "Now is the hour, Riders of Rohan, oaths you have taken! Now, fulfill them all! To Lord and Land!" Eomer shouts. "Ready?" Aragorn asks me as he rides to my side, "Ready" I tell him and nudge Nuala into a gallop, along side Aragorn and the Rohirrim, as we ride to Dunharrow. 


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