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Sad wedding
Capt. leon
Aug 11, 2018
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THE SCOURGE OF GODcopyright protection3PENANADsU8K9FRvv

Chapter 9: Sad weddingcopyright protection3PENANAhEakwsqF44

In the Iron Mountains, Hanar, one of the lords of the kingdom, reflected on the disaster that turned out to be the expedition of the late kings Garron and Haglin.copyright protection3PENANA8IQEhI3fhL

“We have just buried King Haglin, and strange messengers from the Tartar army come to our abode asking us to be part of their invasion of the southern lands," Hanar thought, as he remembered how the messengers fled from the dwarf arrows.copyright protection3PENANAyUds3XBIP7

Hanar was already an old man, but he felt himself returning to youth when his blood ran through his veins in the fury felt at the suggestion of those who had murdered his lord.copyright protection3PENANAd6MoqiRRYV

“I don't think they will attack us, unlike other dwarf kingdoms like Erebor, our city is very much on the top of the mountain slope, it would be impossible, with the high and thin bridges that ensure our advantage in case of an attack," the old dwarf told himself, proud of what was perhaps the best protected dwarf fortress in the Middle Earth.copyright protection3PENANAW6EMLWvOcM

However, these defenses were of no use when the nazgul invaded the kingdom and assassinated the former king before heading south, and now rumors spoke of a much larger and more cruel army, stationed near the Rhun Sea.copyright protection3PENANAzKGMcKKOsz

“We have already lost our best men against Sauron and now the young promises of the kingdom also seem to have perished in the battle of the south... We only remain elderly sick and women in this kingdom, with children who have never touched an axe or a hammer in their lives, this is the end, the Tartars need not invade us.... The kingdom has already fallen," the old dwarf meditated with a nod, as he heard cries from outside his room.copyright protection3PENANAWGGI461VYZ

Hanar changed immediately despite the rustle of his joints and limping went to the door opening it.copyright protection3PENANARU5vHQscFE

“What's going on, woman, what the hell is going on!”copyright protection3PENANAYfoF1BpMqS

“It is the Tartar army, it is invading us!” the old woman shouted and took refuge, carrying a small child in her arms.copyright protection3PENANAmmz25D96z7

Hanar stepped out into the battlements of the fortress and entrusted himself to his god as he saw the vastness of the enemy army.copyright protection3PENANA5r2bXJ2pWH

“How did they get to this place?”copyright protection3PENANA3UWsAY40Lu

“When we saw the invading army arrive," replied a guard so young that he didn't even have a beard or a moustache, "the captain, imprisoned by fear, ordered the bridges to be torn down, but the enemies arrived riding on huge white wolves and majestic red deer with which they crossed the abysses, then they laid ropes there and there and built their own bridges.”copyright protection3PENANAS7Rr9W5i2F

Hanar was surprised to hear this, he knew that the elves could ride deer, but apparently the Tartars could also ride deer, like other beasts.copyright protection3PENANAq86sk4bmt8

The old dwarf watched as the army came toward them and using huge thick tubes that roared like thunder, made the huge hinges of the city’s main gate jump from little by little. Once the doors fell down, the horror began.copyright protection3PENANA4x31ZD04DL

The fierce wind coming from the Forodwaith or the cold lands as it was also called, crashed into the Iron Mountains and the abysses scattered throughout the place, emitting a sharp and constant hiss. That was the only consolation the ancient dwarf kingdom had, for the wind somewhat mitigated the cries of agony and pain coming from within the mountains.copyright protection3PENANAywSqY1m4kp

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To the west, in the dwarf kingdom of Erebor, dwarves tried to offer resistance to the Tartar army from the south. Soldiers came and went all over the place and as an apocalyptic background, in the distance huge columns of smoke could be seen from what was once the elf kingdom of Thranduil and the human cities of Dale and Esgaroth.copyright protection3PENANA7yo0Ym1lrm

Like the kingdom of the Iron Mountains, the dwarves of Erebor had suffered much after the war against Sauron, for their king too was killed by the Nazgul army and their decimated population, and now, all they had to send was lost in the battle of the south.copyright protection3PENANAKb7j1kbWJq

At first the dwarves defended themselves well, but the enemy used poisons that spread through the corridors of the kingdom thanks to the use of enormous bellows, and enemies wrapped in black cloth and tightened penetrated through various places and proceeded to massacre the guard responsible for guarding the front door. Once the great gate of Erebor was opened, it was only a matter of time before the entire fortress was taken by the enemy.copyright protection3PENANAlhKhR6d5sd

The dwarves thought that the enemy would capture them and take them as prisoners, just as the orcs and the nazgul did when they took them to Mordor, yet they saw for their horror that the Tartars did not take prisoners.copyright protection3PENANAXAMmAKJC6a

“Surely Ryu has already fulfilled his objective in the east," said Sakura. “We don't have time to prepare the bodies of the defeated and to make the pertinent collection, we go north and finish with the Withered Heath and then we go to the grey mountains.”copyright protection3PENANAYQl69nqlka

The army of Sakura went to the North, certain of victory, and would prepare the terror tactics with the bodies of their enemies when they returned.copyright protection3PENANAMFsxXkDap6

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In the southern kingdoms, both human and elves or dwarfs wondered why all communication with the northern kingdoms, which bordered on the east of the Angmar Mountains, was abruptly interrupted.copyright protection3PENANAA9l2GinksN

More than the fear produced by the rattling of enemy drums and the gloomy sounds emitted by the horns of war, it was this silence that most oppressed the hearts of the inhabitants of the South.copyright protection3PENANArQa80UpVmj

“There should have been news of the northern dwarves by now!” Gimli cried impatiently in the absence of any news.copyright protection3PENANAWZbNXaPjAc

“The elves of the southern green forest say there was a battle in the kingdom of Erebor, but it is unconfirmed news," Legolas said, worried about what might have happened to the sons of Elrond.copyright protection3PENANAZbmke3CBo5

Aragorn held his wife’s hand to reassure her. It was Arwen, of all those present, who were most distressed by the fate of Elladan and Elrohir, her two dear brothers.copyright protection3PENANAoPWyXXtnSP

Aragorn would have wanted to tell her something more than mere promises that her brothers would arrive safe and sound, but in the absence of any verifiable news from the north, there was little he could do.copyright protection3PENANAGOPSCN3s6D

Hurin entered the throne room and announced that Eowyn had arrived in Minas Tirith.copyright protection3PENANAF5O2q353Et

Dismissing any pessimistic thoughts, both Aragorn and Arwen composed their faces and went to meet their friend.copyright protection3PENANA92i5Bg34DV

Éowyn and Arwen embraced each other as if they were sisters and then Éowyn greeted Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas.copyright protection3PENANAUkKJdnwgQD

“How nice to have you here Eowyn," said Arwen, happy at the presence of the woman who had become her friend in the nearly four years after Sauron's defeat.copyright protection3PENANAUvJJy9MDcq

“And I am very happy to be in Gondor, because soon I will join in marriage with Faramir.”copyright protection3PENANA7lsqr4Gu8k

Aragorn ordered that Faramir be informed of the arrival of his fiancée and then the whole group went up to the royal palace.copyright protection3PENANAq2FbMSyj9p

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Faramir, who counted the days for Eowyn to arrive in Gondor, departed for Minas Tirith as soon as the messenger from Gondor informed him of the arrival of his fiancée.copyright protection3PENANAGKImVufuNo

“Eowyn, my love!” Faramir barely noticed her fiancée and went where she and covered her with a big hug.copyright protection3PENANAUKsPqfifOp

Eowyn blushed, she stroked Faramir's face with her two hands and then kissed him. Aragorn and Arwen smiled happily before the scene, as did Legolas, although he suppressed the smile somewhat due to the phlegmatic character of the elves.copyright protection3PENANAiOEGhjvOFP

Gimli's race was not phlegmatic like the elves' race, but neither did he smile because he considered it somewhat strange to celebrate the wedding in Minas Ithil, when it could well be done in Minas Tirith.copyright protection3PENANAumAcIwHX1v

“King Aragorn," said Eowyn very red, after Faramir freed her from his tender embrace, "my brother regrets not being able to come with me, but promises that he will be in Minas Ithil without fail for the wedding ceremony.”copyright protection3PENANAlVgNKG33WR

“I understand Eowyn, I am very happy for you and for Faramir, you can be sure that in all Gondor you will never find a better man, commander and husband than him.”copyright protection3PENANAteF7UXrqL6

Faramir bowed to Aragorn and then again focused his attention on his fiancée.copyright protection3PENANAgfsRsana8o

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Preparations for the wedding of Éowyn and Faramir began immediately in Minas Ithil. Agog and his orcs were surprised at the display of butlers and maids who hung chains of flowers above the fortress’s high, diagonal battlements, for them, things like a wedding ceremony was something unknown.copyright protection3PENANAgoQJfjTDt2

“If they had put this determination into the preparations for war, instead of this strange feast, they would have surely defeated the great eye when he tried to conquer them in Pelennor.” Spat Agog to his orcs of confidence and they howled happily at the occurrence of his leader.copyright protection3PENANA28vl4NqG8x

“I see you are in a good mood, Chief Agog," said Eowyn, as she approached Agog and his orcs, who were visiting Minas Ithil to discuss provisions matters with Faramir.copyright protection3PENANAfk83dRL21T

Same lady Eowyn," said Agog, trying to sound pompous. “I see that soon Faramir and you will be the lords of Minas Morgul... Minas Ithil.”copyright protection3PENANADhiu0yNUbg

“That's right," Eowyn nodded, frowning slightly, "I hope you attend the wedding.”copyright protection3PENANAWdpszug0bo

The orcs of Agog snorted but then held back as they saw the threatening face of their leader.copyright protection3PENANAyrJGuWyfZz

“We orcs do not understand this so called wedding, however, we mostly enjoy a good party in which there is a good fight.”copyright protection3PENANA8DQr7QZVLb

“The banquet meal will please you and your men, as for the fight, Queen Arwen has hired some dwarf fighters who will surely entertain you.”copyright protection3PENANAcHpCaZ6qZh

“JA, those are just clowns faking a fight. In the orc feasts, a feast is not, unless at least one orc dies in our joyous and very good disputes," said Agog, and Eowyn looked worried at the disaster that could result from the feast with the presence of Agog and his orcs.copyright protection3PENANAOyJyedvNsu

“Don't worry so much lady Eowyn," said Agog, guessing the woman's thought, "in Mordor I have a lot to do to entertain myself in your strange festivities, but I would like you to keep something of that banquet you spoke of.”copyright protection3PENANAmB7c2f32bP

“Don't worry chief Agog," said Éowyn, trying to hide the relief she felt when she learned that neither Agog nor his lieutenants would go to the wedding. “I promise you, I will go to the tower of Cirith Ungol to bring you the best of the banquet.”copyright protection3PENANAenxDZHD67D

“Well lady Eowyn, my orcs need a lot of meat now that the Tartar army has ruined the fields of Nurn. Pigs and other animals are slaughtered in Mordor, but the banquet of your wedding feast will be well received by me and my lieutenants," concluded Agog and making the same exaggerated reverence as when he was a slave of the nazgul, said goodbye to Eowyn and went to find Faramir to talk about the orcs' animal endowment.copyright protection3PENANAoWb7vqk0dM

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For Faramir's relief, the wedding day flew in and neither Agog nor his brutal orcs attended the wedding. Éomer, Eowyn's brother had come as promised.copyright protection3PENANAAVYM2tcmtp

But undoubtedly the most impressive presence was offered by Elrond, Lord of Rivendel and father-in-law of Aragorn; and Celeborn along with his wife Galadriel, both lords of the forest of Lorien and Amon Lanc, besides being the grandparents of Arwen.copyright protection3PENANA9YYxBLXtBq

Gandalf, who would be the one to celebrate the marriage of Faramir and Eowyn, was wearing a clean white mantle when suddenly his power ring conveyed a feeling of agony and pain.copyright protection3PENANAxh7ZtsqnqX

“I wonder what that was," he said to himself, worried, but his doubts did not have to wait long, because a young guard entered where the kings and other guests were, including the bride and groom.copyright protection3PENANAp1SnNUQZhk

The guard had his face covered in sweat and went straight to his king.copyright protection3PENANAoqinXT8VnK

“My king, forgive the intrusion, but there is an orc who wants an interview.”copyright protection3PENANAmU1uUvWkTn

“I thought Agog and his orcs would not come to the wedding," Aragorn said strangely.copyright protection3PENANAhioaGc5wcm

“Not my king, he is not an orcs of the warlord Agog," the guard stuttered. This orc comes from Carn Dum, from the Angmar Mountains.copyright protection3PENANAQAN9YL27Hp

Aragorn and the others present who had heard the guard's nervous words were surprised at this.copyright protection3PENANAR3kSxfouzh

“Tell the orc that this is not the time for an interview, let him wait until after the wedding at least” Aragorn whispered, but suddenly the doors opened and a colossal troll suddenly entered the huge hall.copyright protection3PENANARQzg1ft6MF

“Stupid Bullgas, wait until they give us permission to enter!” Suddenly a tiny goblin shouted, dressed more colorfully than the orcs of Agog.copyright protection3PENANAtDggMf2OmJ

The little goblin when he saw all the people looking at him, made an exaggerated bow and then with the help of a staff longer than him, called the troll's attention and ordered him to wait outside the hall.copyright protection3PENANAedNz6kOuPo

“My apologies or great King Aragorn, Lord of Gondor!” the goblin excused himself as he approached Aragorn. “I am Egul, humble servant of the great Turok, belly of precious stones, leader of the confederation of merchants of the Angmar Mountains and the cloudy mountains to Moria.”copyright protection3PENANALHflXgBrmn

Gimli felt insulted but was stopped by Legolas before he started a fight.copyright protection3PENANA6Q1n7NC9CY

“What have you come to Egul, what message does your lord Turok send me, to interrupt this wedding?” Aragorn asked frowned.copyright protection3PENANATRcGri1gMQ

“The matter that brings me, is the good will of my lord Turok, he sends me to warn you about the fate of the northern dwarf kingdoms, and the human and elfic kingdoms beside them.”copyright protection3PENANAEyxTTv9vWw

A strong rumor spread throughout the hall and Aragorn could sense that all this would not end well.copyright protection3PENANAT3mUruH3Dj

“King Aragorn, my lord Turok, went in person to the east to meet with the kings and lords of the north, however, all the dwarf kingdoms were conquered by the Tartar army, the same happened with Thranduil and the other human cities.”copyright protection3PENANA1xbddCweSi

A sepulchral silence came after the words of Egul, to be replaced by a sea of confused cries.copyright protection3PENANA4wRCqL7Ag4

Aragorn asked for calm and sent the tiny goblin to continue.copyright protection3PENANA697t3yXKCB

“All the kingdoms fell. The Iron Mountains, Erebor, Withered Heat, the Grey Mountains, Thranduil, Dale and Esgaroth," Egul reported, and then put on a sore face. “I regret to report that not a single elf, human or dwarf managed to survive.”copyright protection3PENANA4E8fSmSoAK

Arwen put her hands to her mouth and her father went to her, while Galadriel, while keeping an inscrutable face, was embraced by her husband.copyright protection3PENANAHFhyhHjohA

“How could this happen?” Aragorn said mournfully.copyright protection3PENANAtoJBRNaPyM

“King Garron of the Grey Mountains and King Haglin of the Iron Mountains created the Northern Alliance. Together with the humans and the Elves of Thranduil, they lowered their respective fleets by the Celduin and Carnen to attack the Tartars, but were killed by the enemy, then they in retaliation went north and conquered everything in their path.”copyright protection3PENANArCqASiWKHx

“Then you say there were no survivors!” cried Éomer dismayed by the news.copyright protection3PENANAvodMXuthTL

“That's right, sir," said Egul, who did not know he was talking to the king of Rohan. “No one survived the battle in Rhun and no one survived the northern invasion. My lord Turok negotiated with the Tartars to send their goodwill to you great kings and lords.”copyright protection3PENANARm9BX1o7RW

“What do you mean, Egul?” Aragorn asked as he listened to his wife moaning behind him.copyright protection3PENANAUjzkTsDQdk

“The Lone Mountain is no longer a lonely mountain," said Egul, this time with a face full of fear, "now there is a gigantic forest with the bodies of humans, orcs and elves impaled where the former desolation of Smaug once stood.”copyright protection3PENANAoIJBvG5ZYZ

Aragorn felt that his forces were leaving him and then Egul whistled and ordered the troll into the hall.copyright protection3PENANAKPmUqjVPrN

“King Aragorn, here I bring you the good will of my lord Turok, belly of precious stones," said the goblin and at his signal the enormous troll deposited white sheets that wrapped something inside.copyright protection3PENANALm6lH0NkR1

Egul approached and uncovered the contents. It was the pierced body of King Garron and the dismembered and half eaten remains of King Haglin. Next to them were the crushed corpses of Elladan and Elrohir.copyright protection3PENANAFfJpQf6We4

“No!” Arwen shouted as his father tried to stop her from running to his brothers' bodies.copyright protection3PENANAWYTiTkCO94

Galadriel let go of her husband's grip and went calmly to her grandchildren's bodies, then leaned over them and began to cry.copyright protection3PENANACVqIh7I5sz

Elrond and Celeborn sang a sad elf song, while Gimli sang a dwarf funeral song. Legolas approached Aragorn who was in shock and took him to Arwen, then Aragorn awoke from shock and embraced his bereaved wife.copyright protection3PENANA68PQxG5DDj

On the outskirts of Ithil mines, a soft snowfall began to fall, very rare due to the proximity of the place to the warm earth of Mordor, and as the soft, tiny flakes fell slowly on the warm soil and then disintegrated, a wedding ceremony took place in the royal hall of Minas Ithil, a sad wedding without music, laughter, dancing, or banquet.copyright protection3PENANAIziBRbWu06

TO BE CONTINUE...copyright protection3PENANAyC1Yli54ny

Final notes by the author: I apologize to Arwen and Galadriel fans, I didn't want to make the "Queen of the Sunset" or "Queen of the Sunrise"cry, but it was the American General William Tecumseh Sherman who coined the phrase: "war is hell".copyright protection3PENANADuGtkd9pRM

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