Swordthain of MakalaurëDarkElf in the Age of Numenor
"Take this sword."
Maglor lays the weapon across my hands; the blade glints redly as it
catches the falling rays of the drowning sun. I raise my eyes to his
face that is streaked with tears he seems unaware of, but which flow
unabated. Something hardens inside me while another part once frozen
Softly, I say, "My lord, no... thou art ill and injured. Return with me to the harbour. Take back thy sword."
He does not take it back from me; he steps back two paces. "I will
never walk among our people again. I will never again bear a sword--
look at my hand!" I could not look upon his injury; he had withdrawn
his hand and arm beneath his tattered cloak, holding it close to his
body. His voice is punctuated with anguish as he says, "I can not wield
"Thy brother lost his sword-hand and learned to fight with what was
left to him," I argue, recalling bitterly Maedhros's efficency in
Lothlim against my own folk.
Maglor is hunched over slighly, almost as if bowing. He smiles slightly
as he says, "So too shall I fight with what is left to me-- but not
with this sword. Take it back and lay it before Ereinion's feet. Tell
him that the Oath is no more."
"Lord, come back with me," I repeat, but he does not hear me. His eyes
drift past me unseeing, probing the sea that rolls up to our feet, grey
as slate. His whisper is almost soundless; it comes to my ears as if
plumbed from my own memories.
Footprints in the shifting sand
Words into the wind
Parchment curling in the flames
Tears in the rain
Things said cannot be unsaid
Memory immortal as stone
What good might have been done
Has been averted with the evils
And yet evil and good will yet be done
So it shall be until the End