A Bridge Between by Karri

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Summary: Great fear finds unexpected resolution.  (Written for LOTR Community Challenges’ November Gratitude Challenge.)


Thranduil resisted the urge to pace.  There had been, and still was, much to do before the North recovered from war.  He should be resting!  He’d had precious little opportunity of late; he should not waste this one.  But there, alone in his solar, his thoughts shifted toward Legolas. 

 

His son had written from Lothlorien to say he was well, but much time had passed since then – and much had happened.  Had Legolas survived?  If word had been sent, one way or the other, it had not reached him through the tumult.  Would it yet come?  Was it too much to hope for?

 

Legolas pushed down his growing despair as he rode ever northward.  Rumor of the battles in the North had reached him, of course, but he’d had battles of his own to fight.   He had not listened well enough…had not comprehended the devastation that had torn through his homeland.  

 

Could any have survived it?  King Dain of the Mountain had not; nor had King Brand of Dale.  But of his father, of the Elvenking, he had heard naught.  Had word been sent, but not reached him through the chaos?  Would Thranduil be waiting for him?  Was it too much too hope for?

 

Unable to contain his disquiet any longer, Thranduil strode out to his great bridge.  Perhaps he could find some comfort in the new growth peeking out from beneath the charred remains of ancient trees. 

 

Fear growing in his heart, Legolas could contain himself no longer.  Jumping from Arod’s back, he raced on foot toward his father’s great bridge. 

 

Looking out into the wood, there he was!  Legolas, his son, his Greenleaf!

 

Looking toward the palace, there he was!  Thranduil, his father, the great Elvenking!

 

Reaching each other in a few long strides, their foreheads were soon pressed together, arms clasping one another’s.

 

“Thank you!” they whispered to each in unison.  “Thank you for surviving!”




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