Until the very End


39. The Return of the King - Chapter 6


We have stopped by a lake for a breather. I helped Merry off Eowyn's horse and set him down on the ground, where he took off his helmet. "The scouts report Minas Tirith is surrounded. The lower level's in flames. Everywhere legions of the enemy advance" I overhear Eomer report to Theoden, "Time is against us" Theoden replies. I look to Merry to see him looking down at the ground, "Take heart Merry. It will soon be over" I tell him. "My lady, you are fair and brave and have much to live for, and many who love you. I know it is too late to turn aside" Merry says, "I know there is not much to point now in hoping. If I were a knight of Rohan capable of great deeds...but I'm not. I'm a Hobbit. And I know I can't save Middle-Earth. I just want to help my friends. Frodo. Sam. Pippin. More than anything...I wish I could see them again" Merry tells me. A horn blows, "Prepare to move out!" Eomer shouts, "Make haste! We ride through the night" Theoden tells everybody. I help Merry up so he's in front of Eowyn, once he was safe, I go over and mount Nuala. "To battle" I tell the two, "To battle" they both repeat and we set our horse's into a gallop.

We sound Rohan's horn as we ride across the fields, we stop and face the rear of the Orc army. I look over Gondor to see it ruined and in flames, "Courage, Merry. Courage for our friends" I whisper to the Hobbit. I nudge Nuala forward, so I'm next to Theoden who looks worried, "Do not worry, my lord" I tell him and he swallows before nodding his head. Theoden turns his horse and rides along the front line, "Eomer! Take your eored down the left side" he orders to Eomer, who nods his head and takes off to the left. " Gamling, follow the King's banner down the center" Theoden says, "Grimbold, take your company right, after you pass the wall. Forth, and fear no darkness!" he says and Grimbold rides to the right side of the Rohirrim. Theoden comes and stops in front of me, "Naevys, ride down the center with me" he tells me before riding off again. "Arise! Arise! Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword-day! A red day, ere the sun rises!" Theoden shouts to the whole of the army. Theoden rides up the front line, rattling his sword along the row of spears, "Ride now, ride now, ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending!" he shouts as he stops his horse next to Nuala. "Death!" Theoden shouts, "Death!" the Rohirrim repeats. "Death!" Theoden shouts again, "Death!" everyone shouts again. "Death!" Theoden shouts one more time, "Death!" the Rohirrim and I shout after him. "Foro Eorlingas!" Theoden says and the horns for our charge starts to blow, I draw out my dagger as we begin to move out, Theoden and I leading. We started off into a trot, which turned into a gallop soon after. I watch as we get closer to the army of Orcs that they set out their archers, I could feel the arrows fly past my face as the Orcs let them go. "Death!" everyone shouts just as we crash into the army of Orcs. We ride through them and they drop like flies, as we get further through them, they start to back up. Theoden and I ride side by side as we slash this way and that way, taking out as many Orcs as we can.

"Drive them back to the river!" Eomer cries as we route the Orcs, "Make safe this City!" Theoden shouts as we chase after the retreating Orcs. We stop chasing after them as giant war Oliphaunts come into view, "Reform the line! Reform the line! Sound the charge!" Theoden says without hesitation. I end up being next to Eowyn and Merry, "Rohirrim! Charge!" Theoden shouts as Gamling blows the horn. We run headlong into the Oliphaunts, which dwarf us. Eowyn and I, duck under a tusk as it swings past us. I switch to my bow and notch an arrow in it, I aim it at one of the captains and let it fly. The Oliphaunt staggers and falls into another Oliphaunt. I ride towards an oncoming Oliphaunt and switch to my daggers, I let go off the reins as I ride under the creature. I cut both its front and back legs, I pull Nuala around to see the Oliphaunt fall on its side. I duck under the tusk of an Oliphaunt and grab my bow again, "Aim for its head!" I shout to the Rohirrim that's near me, and we manage to bring it down as we fire arrows and spears at it. I turn just in time to see an Oliphaunt falling backwards, it knocks me off Nuala. I scramble to my fight and fire my arrows at the Orcs that try to get near my horse, "Nuala! Get out of here! Go!" I shout at her and she rears once before taking off. I switch to my daggers and block a blade, I slice upwards from his navel to his chin. I twirl around and stab an Orc in the head. I look around to see Theoden fight off Orcs from his horse, I run over and fight off several off them. I nod my head at Theoden before turning back to the battle.



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