Legolas and Lianna - an Elven Romance
by Freya Baggins
Lianna is not my character, she belongs to the Hobbit Computer game,
but I am going to use her anyway. Nither is anyone else in the story
mine except for Lianna's sisters and the random unnamed elves.
Taking a rest from court life was hard for the prince of Mirkwood. He
was followed everywhere by admiring Elven maidens, all of whom had been
handpicked by his father, Thranduil. Legolas sighed - he hated being
Looking around to make sure none of his entourage was following, he
grabbed a nearby branch and swung up into the tree above. Legolas was
about to breathe a sigh of relief when he heard a startled gasp and
spun around. Sitting in the same tree as him was another elf. Tall,
thin, and blond like most of her race she wore the livery of the elite
group of soldiers who had perfected the art of close-combat archery.
However, she appeared younger than most of them.
Still startled, Legolas asked who she was. She replied, “My name is
Lianna Laegecthel, my lord, I am hunting the spiders that plague these
woods. If you would be so kind as to get out of my tree, I would be
Startled, Legolas did as he was asked. When he got back to his fathers
halls, he began asking questions about Lianna, for he had been
impressed by her bluntness in speaking to him. Soon he discovered that
she had two sisters, Emlin Malthenfinnel and Freya Baranfinnel. Emlin
was known to him, as his cousin, Einior, was engaged to her. Many elves
knew also of Freya, who denied ever wanting to marry an immortal elf
and instead wishing to someday marry one of the mortal peoples.
That evening Legolas spoke to his father about Lianna. Thranduil,
however, had a surprising and violent reaction to the news that his son
had taken an interest in a commoner. He absolutely forbade Legolas from
seeing her, ever.
Many years passed, Legolas very rarely caught even a glimpse of
Lianna as she was repeatedly sent on dangerous missions concocted by
Thranduil. The few times he talked to her, she pretended like she
didn’t hear him, but later Legolas would find a note in his rooms
answering his questions and asking some of Lianna’s own. In this way
they got to know each other well and Legolas began to feel concerned
for her safety when she was late in returning from a mission.
In the year 2941 of the Third Age, Lianna was sent to pay a friendly
visit to Thranduil’s brother, Thengildur, in Lindon. While she was
gone, great feasts were held in the forest surrounding Thranduil’s
halls. These gatherings attracted some dwarves that had been lost in
Mirkwood and Thranduil, who had a great dislike of dwarves, ordered
them to be taken captive.
A few days after the capture of the dwarves, Lianna returned with a
tale about a hobbit named Bilbo that had rescued her from trolls during
her journey. Unbeknownst to Legolas, Lianna was aiding this hobbit in
freeing the dwarves.
“I wonder where Lianna is? I have not seen her in days.” Legolas was
speaking with the Captain of the Elite Guard and was extremely worried.
“Last I heard,” The captain took a sip of his ale. “Lianna was promoted
to King’s Guard two days ago. She departed with the rest of the army to
fight at Erabor.” The captain thought for a moment. “She left something
for you though.” He handed Legolas a small parchment scroll.
Thanking the elf, Legolas hurried to his rooms, sat down on his bed, and unrolled the parchment.
It is a relief to say that. I have wanted to address all our
correspondence likewise. The point of this letter is to tell you some
things, besides that you are dear to me. As I had my former commander
tell you, I have been promoted to King’s Guard and was immediately
dispatched to Erabor. If I do not survive the ensuing battle please
know that I loved you and wished to eventually marry you, even if you
father disapproved. Please watch over my sisters, for my parents are no
more. I will see you later, if not in Arda, then in Valinor.
Putting the letter down, Legolas stared blankly at the wall for a moment, letting Lianna’s words sink in. She loved me? She wanted to marry me? He just couldn’t believe it.
For the next week Legolas barely ate and he stayed in his room
pacing whenever he was not pestering the Elven smiths for a perfect
Mithril ring. When the army arrived at the front gates he was ready.
Legolas greeted his father, as was polite, and then went in search of
Lianna. He found her near the wedding pavilion, picking lilies out of
the garden and weaving them through her hair. Knees shaking and heart
pounding, Legolas glided over to her side and laid his hand on her
shoulder. She spun around, startled, then, when she saw who it was,
flung her arms around his neck.
“Lianna,” Legolas murmured in her ear. “I was so worried about you this
past week that I didn’t even eat. Will you marry me? Now?”
Pulling away for a moment, Lianna looked Legolas in the eye. “Yes, I
will, but you must eat something.” Then she lifted her face up and
Legolas kissed her.
In less than an hour they were wed. Lianna was no longer Lianna Laegecthel, but Lianna Greenleaf.
Several years later Lianna pulled Legolas aside. “We have a
problem. Your father just spoke to his guards and I overheard, he
suspects that we are married and has ordered them to tell him if they
find out it is so.” As Legolas opened his mouth to say that was not a
problem, she put her hand over it. “We have ten months at the latest to
escape his wrath.” She unconsciously put her hand over her belly and
Legolas’s eyes opened wide with realization. Lianna smiled and Legolas
knew he was right, they were going to be parents, but keeping that a
secret was more difficult and costly than either he or Lianna realized.
Walking ahead of Lianna and her two sisters along a rock
outcropping in Mirkwood, Legolas and his cousin, Einior, were deep in
conversation. Every now and again, Legolas would turn around and ask
Lianna if she was tired, for she was now nearly ten months pregnant,
though she didn’t show it.
He had just turned around from asking her for the thousandth time when
he heard sounds of a scuffle behind him. Einior and Legolas spun
around, just to see the three maidens tumbling off of the rock ledge
and onto the boulders below. Numb with shock, Legolas ran to the edge,
but it was too late. Looking back towards the woods with tear-blurred
vision, he caught a glimpse of three dark figures disappearing into the
shadows of the trees.
Legolas stayed with the bodies while Einior ran back to Thranduil’s
hall for help. The funeral was held the next day. Thranduil pulled his
son aside afterwards and told him to lighten up, Lianna was dead and
there was nothing he could do about it. Shocked that his father would
say such a mean thing, Legolas left immediately for Rivendell.
“Legolas?” A gruff voice awoke Legolas from his daydreaming. He
glanced over at his companion, a graying dwarf, and smiled wanly. “Yes,
Gimli said nothing only looked ahead. Legolas followed his gaze and
was astonished. Before them, a gray curtain of rain was slowly drawing
back to reveal a green land with rolling hills and ancient forests. As
they went through, a two figures burst out of the water and onto the
deck of Legolas’s small ship.
At first he did not recognize either of them. But then the taller of
the two looked up at him and smiled. She pushed the other one forward
and said, “Say hello to your son, Legolas.” Then Legolas knew Lianna
was returned to him and the Valar had granted his final wish, that
their child would survive.