Hurin Takes the Ring
In response to an "X Takes the Ring" writing challenge:
His father told me where to find him, but I am too late. I am too late,
at least, for Denethor's plan. But a new one forms in my heart and
quickly consumes me. He is surrounded by Orcs and evil things the likes
of which I have never seen. However, naught causes me fear, and so I
Fruition comes quickly. Though he fights hard, he is no match for them.
I am a little surprised to see the Scourge of Gondor fall. I see the
Halflings being taken. Well, they do not matter to me. I do naught but
turn and watch until the beasts leave him; he sits in the grass,
pulling arrows from his body. I furrow my brow in surprise. Still, even
at death's door, the man shows incredible haughtiness. I think that is
why I hate him the most. Always so sure of himself. Always the
know-it-all. 'Well, leave the arrows in,' I think, 'it will make no
difference. You are dead and do not even know it.'
As the last of the creatures leaves the area, I step forward.
"I am here, Lord Boromir. I came too late."
"Did you see them? I cannot any longer. Two little ones. Did you see them? We must rescue them."
His breath catches and I know he has but minutes to live - and I have but minutes to question him.
"The quest, my Lord? Were you able to find Isildur's Bane?"
"I did. I tried to take it." He sobs.
I sit back on my haunches. "I will take your place, Lord Boromir. Tell me who has it and where he is. I will take your place."
His eyes rise in hope and I would have smirked if I thought it
would pass his notice. But even wounded unto death, the son of Denethor
is still a force to be reckoned with.
"I promise to uphold your honor, Boromir. I will take your quest upon me and help in its fulfillment. Tell me where it is."
He swallows convulsively. He only has moments. I dare not show my hand though, else he would know my purpose.
"The Halfling has it. I believe he went to the river. You must help
him, Húrin. He is pure and gentle and will be o'ercome by all he sees
"I will help him, Lord Boromir. Go now to your rest. You have done all you could."
He weeps quietly. I kiss him, only for his father's sake, upon his forehead, and move off.
Running silently, as Faramir had taught me, I reach the river in
short time. There are no Orcs about, nor any other creature or man. I
curse under my breath. 'Where is he? Where has he gone?'
I hear a whimper and look upriver. He stands there, oblivious. My
spine tingles. He has it in his hand. 'By Morgoth's breath, it will be
He never hears me. Never feels a thing but the quick, killing
blade. Then it is over. He lays at my feet, eyes open wide, hand
clutching it. I howl in triumph - not aloud - never aloud for the
forces of the Enemy might still be about. I take it and scream in pain.
It takes me, takes my mind! I have never felt such pain, but the joy
that courses through me, primal joy unknown before, fills me and I run,
run as fast as I can towards the stairs that lead to Minas Tirith. And
I know I will NOT give it to the Steward. It is mine.