Four Rings for the Elven Kings 3
When Elrohir returned to consciousness, his head was spinning and throbbing
with such a pain that he thought he might vomit. His vision was cloudy
and unfocused, and his thoughts reeled. All he could remember was Sauron,
the confrontation, and then a descent into blackness. As he blinked
his eyes to slowly ease his way back into consciousness, all he could discern
with his hands was that he was in a building made of smooth, cool stone.
It was no primitive Elven construct.
He was sitting on a high stool with his upper body collapsed onto a window
ledge, as if he had fainted. His arms were folded beneath his head.
Groggily, he tried to sit upright, but the pain and dizziness were overwhelming.
The best he could do was lift his head a little and squint hazily at the
room. It was small, maybe a fifteen-foot square at best, and sparsely
furnished. Apart from the stool that Elrohir occupied, there was a bare
table and bench in one corner. A series of pegs lined the far wall,
and on these pegs hung sacks that likely held food. There were two
doors opposite each other on the walls to Elrohir's left and right.
As Elrohir looked at the doors, the one to his left opened and a tall
Elf dressed in green entered. The Elf scowled before crossing to Elrohir
and hauling him off the stool by his collar.
"Lucky this is your last day," the Elf snarled, "else I might recommend
you for scout duty!"
"I am... sorry sir..." Elrohir managed. He was pulled roughly to
his feet, struggling to remain standing despite his spinning, throbbing head.
A cold sweat passed over his face and for a moment he feared he might black
out again. But he did his best to steel and steady himself enough
to glance up at the Elf's face, which looked familiar even through the haze
that still lingered in his eyes. Haldir. This Elf was Haldir,
whom he had met once in Lórien. The strange phrase "Warden of
Nivrim" came to his mind.
"Well hurry on!" said Haldir, pulling Elrohir forward. He seemed
to snarl again before muttering, half to himself, "...know not why this is
my duty, to round up all you little shites. Why Galdhil sends you useless
princelings up here anyway... More glory to his own line? Ha!
Ought be content with your brother!"
Elrohir felt his stomach lurch. "My... my brother..."
Haldir continued pulling him forward, out the left door and onto the walkway.
"Quit your fussing, You can see him before you run back to your parents
at Menegroth." The words were mocking, but Elrohir hardly cared.
Elladan was alive.
By the time Haldir finally released him, after pulling and pushing him
a half-mile along the Fence from the storehouse to the nearest watchtower,
Elrohir was feeling more alert. He could stand by himself without tottering,
and his vision was beginning to restore. The pounding pain in his head
had subsided to a dull ache. The clearer his mind grew, the more aware
he became of his surroundings. He was on a high stone wall, and it
was night time. The stars shone brightly overhead. To his left,
on the battlement side of the wall, was a dull, flat plain. To his
right was rich forestland. He began to realise, to a growing sense
of fear, that he had no idea where he was. Or when he was.
The plain and the forest and most of all the wall were frighteningly unfamiliar.
The very land itself was strange, and the stars. He looked up to the
sky in hope for the sight of any constellation he had known in Imladris,
but saw only cause for further despair. There was no moon. The
sky was just as it had been at Cuiviénen, lit only by stars.
The present world was entirely different from what Elrohir had known.
Had he changed it so much? As he stared out over the vastness of the
wall, a bitter sickness began to creep into his stomach. What he had
done at Cuiviénen had changed the course of history so drastically
that this was the new reality. Everything, from the land to the Elves
and even the moon, had been altered somehow.
The language was different, Elrohir realised suddenly. When Haldir
had spoken to him, it had not been in Sindarin, or the primitive speech of
Cuiviénen, or any other Elvish tongue that Elrohir had ever heard,
though still he understood it perfectly and was able to speak it back.
He knew somehow that the name "Haldir" was the same in this language as it
was in Sindarin. He was less sure of his own name. He also knew,
in the back of his mind, that Haldir was his superior and had to be addressed
A thousand questions flooded his head. First, and perhaps most important
of all, what was this place? What was it called? Why was the
wall here? Why was he here? He turned to ask Haldir, not caring
how foolish he would seem, but stopped himself even as he opened his mouth
to speak. The answers came to him one by one, as if being recalled from
The flat plain beyond the battlements was Argador, the Outside Land, while
everything within was called Doriath, the Land of the Fence. Within
Doriath was the chief city Elgarth, and at Elgarth's centre was the great
cave city Menegroth, home of Dior the King. The wall, the Fence, had
been built in the distant past to mark the borders of Doriath. It was
divided into two sections: Nivrost the Westvale and Radhrost the Eastvale.
Haldir was a warden of Nivrim, the Westmarch, and Elrohir had been sent to
him for guard duty.
As these answers came to Elrohir, a shrill whistle sounded from atop the
watchtower. "Captain is coming!" came a cry from above. Almost
immediately, green-clad Elves began to filter out through the tower's doors
to line up in ranks behind Haldir. Their garb was simple and functional,
like Elrohir's own. Forty or so came, followed by five in the more
regal uniform that Haldir wore. These were the wardens, and the forty
were conscripts. All stood together to await the arrival of the captain
who now led the way slowly up through the forest.
Who is the captain? Elrohir asked himself. The answer came
almost immediately. Beleg was the captain of Nivrim, and all the wardens
at all the towers in Nivrim were under his command. He came leading
new conscripts from Elgarth, just as he had four years earlier come leading
Elrohir's company. Beleg's coming meant that now, having served his
required term in the guard, it was time for Elrohir to go home. He had
completed his training and was free to leave, unless he chose to stay on
permanently as a guard. And though he knew somehow that Elladan had
chosen the latter option, in the back of his mind he had an undeniable longing
to return to Elgarth. Return, he sensed, to a life that was beginning
to come to him in fragments and shards. With each passing minute, he
remembered more, and more detailed, elements of his life in this altered
Elladan was here somewhere, he knew. Like Haldir, Elladan was a
Warden of Nivrim, and served at this tower. A year ago he had gone
back to Elgarth for his turn on leave, but now he returned with Beleg and
the new conscripts to retake his position. Elrohir eagerly stared
out over the parade of approaching soldiers. It seemed a terrible length
of time since he had seen his brother last. Twenty or more long years,
if he guessed correctly, had passed since the Ring took him from the time
of Elladan's death in Imladris to the shifting of history with Sauron's defeat
at Cuiviénen. Twenty or more years had passed since he had last
seen Elladan alive.
His body tensed like a taut spring, watching and waiting even as the last
of the new conscripts took their places behind Beleg. They were a collection
of unfamiliar faces. Elladan was not one of them. The tall warden
at Beleg's side was not Elladan, nor was the guard standing at the rear.
Something was wrong. This entire place, in unnumbered ways, was wrong.
Elrohir began to grow even sicker. It was his fault. He had
done this, and he had to be the one to undo it. Of all the Elves on
this Fence, and all the Elves in the entire great realm of Doreldin, only
Elrohir knew that they were living in the wrong reality.
Even as the heavy feeling of despair fell on his shoulders, a name shouted
out on the roll-call caught his attention.
Elrohir looked at Haldir, who frowned back at him contemptuously.
"That's you, isn't it," Haldir said. "Get going!" He pushed
Elrohir forward into the line of dismissed conscripts, who were slowly making
their way down from the Fence and to the road where Beleg stood. Each
paused to bow to the captain and receive a token of merit for the time served:
a black stone arrowhead pendant.
When it came Elrohir's turn to bow, Beleg asked, "Will you be returning
to the Guard, or do you plan on taking up a trade back in Elgarth?"
Before Elrohir could reply, the warden at Beleg's side gave a mischievous
smirk and answered for him. "No, this one will be in for the soft life
of Menegroth! No doubt he shall end up a poet or minstrel. Or
worse, a counsellor!"
Elrohir's cheeks and ears reddened and he stared down at the ground to
hide his face. "Shut up," he muttered, then immediately gasped at himself
for having the stupidity to say such a thing to one of his superiors.
But the warden only laughed, and Beleg with him.
"Whatever the case," Beleg said, "I wish you only the best on the path
you choose to take. Eldimir iond-Elrodha, you are hereby dismissed
from the King's Guard."
Elrohir bowed again, and Beleg placed the arrowhead pendant around his
neck. He was free. He moved aside quickly, taking care not to
look up at the warden's smirking face. Of all the overwhelming emotions
he felt at that moment, silly happiness was not one of them. He needed
time alone to think and sort out what he did feel, and untangle all the worried
thoughts spinning through his head. Elladan was missing. The place
and time were unknown. History had changed radically. Everything
was wrong and getting worse the more Elrohir learned.
He sat with his back to a sturdy tree and his eyes closed in hope that
it would help calm his mind. He could sort through each thought and
worry one at a time. First, the problem of Elladan. Haldir had
said that Elladan would be here, therefore, he must be somewhere. He
would ask Haldir next chance he had. Second, the place and time.
This place was called Doriath, but it was not the Doriath of Beleriand Elrohir
had studied in his history lessons. From the stars overhead, Elrohir
guessed that this Doriath was at Cuiviénen. The Elves had never
left to go West. Since there were no orcs, there was no danger, and
they had no reason to leave. Since they did not leave, there was no
Elvish civilisation in Valinor, Fëanor never made the Silmarilli, Morgoth
never killed the Two Trees, and the Sun and Moon never rose. But that
did not explain the Fence. From his memories, he only knew that it
had been built in ancient times, and that it was under constant guard.
He would have to ask about its origins in more detail when he returned to
As for the time, Elrohir knew by asking himself that he was 2554 years
old. What that meant in terms of this new history, he was unsure.
He was, though, beginning to understand the working of the Ring. He
had been 2554 years old when Elladan died in Imladris, and when he had used
the Ring to travel back to the first encounter between Elves of Cuiviénen
and Sauron. The Ring had abandoned him there until he had managed to
significantly change the course of history. Then, when the new future
was secure, he had been shot forward through time to a specific point: the
point he would be at had he lived his life in the altered history.
He was still the same person, at the same age. Only the world had changed
entirely to suit him.
But if Elrohir had succeeded in his quest, and there were truly no orcs,
had history changed for the worse? Elladan was alive. He would
have been told otherwise. And Haldir had said "parents", which meant
his mother must be alive as well. There was no sun and no moon, but
Elbereth's stars were bright overhead. All Elves lived together in
peace in one kingdom. It was different, not necessarily worse.
Just shockingly different. But Elrohir reasoned that once he saw Elladan
and Arwen and Elrond and Celebrían, once he was at home and had time
to adjust himself, it would not be so bad. If he had his family with
him, he could learn to live in a different world. It was only worse
when he was alone.
At the sound of someone approaching and sitting down next to him, Elrohir
opened his eyes. The smirking warden, now wearing a friendly smile,
looked back at him.
"You think I would let you head off without saying farewell?" the warden
asked. He draped his arm across Elrohir's shoulders and pulled him
into a loose embrace.
Elrohir pulled back almost immediately with a startled shout. He
had expected a further joke, but not such an intimate gesture.
"Oh now!" said the warden, "Are you upset still that I teased you in
front of Beleg? It is my solemn duty! What brothers do!"
Elrohir choked on his breath. "You are..." Elladan.
The warden was Elladan, though he did not look like Elladan. His face
and voice both held notes of familiarity, but still were entirely different.
This Elladan's hair was straighter, his eyes paler, his nose thinner, his
mouth smaller, and his cheeks and jaw line sharper. He looked more
Elvish, Elrohir thought, and something occurred to him. There were no
Men at Cuiviénen. Of course Elladan would look different, if
there were no Men and therefore no Halfelven. Elrond would look different
too. Their ancestry had been altered.
"I only play with you, you know." said Elladan. "You take everything
so seriously. Your face looks as if you saw a balraug."
"balraug?" Elrohir asked quietly. So there were balrogs in this
"Mm," said Elladan. "Did they ever show you to that burnt place
where Thingol killed one in the last great war?"
A thin memory of such a place crossed Elrohir's mind. "Yes, I think
"Over five thousand years and the grass still cannot grow back!" said
Elladan. "I would wager it is some sort of curse, though Haldir reckons
something from the balraug's carcass poisoned the land.."
Elrohir gave no answer. He stared hard at Elladan, trying to reconcile
the stranger he saw with the brother he remembered.
Elladan laughed. "I suppose I am even more handsome than you remember,
am I not? Or perhaps you could not find a mirror out here?"
"No, it..." Elrohir shook his head. "I've just not seen you in such
a long time."
"I know," said Elladan. He squeezed Elrohir's arm before pulling
him into a tight embrace. "And it is hardly fair you have to go right
away when I only just returned. I thought we could have some good fun
now that you have clearance to use all the weapons. But I shall have
another leave period in three more years, and I promise when that time comes
to spend every minute of it getting you into trouble with Dairon."
"Thank you," said Elrohir. He leaned against Elladan's shoulder,
letting himself imagine that it was the same old familiar Elladan sitting
"And speaking of Dairon," Elladan continued, "he has planned some grand
surprise for you, so make certain to wear your clean clothes and have your
hair combed when you arrive at home. See Nani and Ada first; they will
distract you while he readies everything. And by no means tell them
I said anything."
"I will not."
Elladan smiled and kissed Elrohir's forehead before releasing him.
"Good. And now..." He sighed, looking up at the watch tower.
"I know Haldir wishes to leave, and I must go quickly to meet with him before
taking my duties."
"Of course," said Elrohir. As he stood he was careful to look at
the ground rather than the stranger who was Elladan.
"If you go to the storehouse there should be someone rationing food for
the walk back to Elgarth. But you had best go soon so you get better
fare than old apples and crumbly bread."
Elrohir nodded. "I will."
"Why so quiet?" Elladan asked with a frown. "Is something wrong?"
"No," Elrohir lied. "I am only tired and... sad that I had no more
time to spend with you. I am sure I should be better when I return...
home and see everyone."
"If you say so," said Elladan. He gave Elrohir's arm another squeeze.
"I will write you this time, I promise. I will get Beleg to pester
me relentlessly until I do. And if you wish to write me, Beleg is in
Elgarth or Goldarost at least four times a year, so you can send a letter
"I will," said Elrohir. A long line had already started to form
at the entrance to the storehouse, and he looked from the line to Elladan
and then back to the line again. "I had best go. So should you."
"Yes. But three years is hardly so long. It will be up before
you realise, and I shall see you then. Goodbye!"
Elladan waved as he ran to the Fence and up the stairs that led
into the watch tower. Elrohir watched him go. From the back
he looked almost like Elladan, long black hair swaying as he ran.
It made Elrohir wish for a mirror so that he could see the changes in his
own face, and see if that strange reflection looked back at him. He
lifted his hands to feel his eyes, nose, cheeks, and chin, but could tell
only slight differences from touch alone. But, he supposed, a mirror
could wait until he got to Elgarth. He headed toward the storehouse
and turned his thoughts to how he was going to find his way home.
There were two principal cities in Doreldin: Elgarth and Goldarost.
While Goldarost was thought to be the grander of the two cities, carved into
the side of a rocky hill and built with intricate stonework, Elgarth was
larger and more densely populated. And at the centre of Elgarth was
the underground cave-maze Menegroth, home not only to King Dior and his large
extended family, but also a large number of counsellors, servants, and others
employed by the King.
Elrohir knew his family lived at Menegroth. He knew that his father,
as Dior's grandson, was a respected counsellor. His mother and grandparents,
as kin of Thingol, also had high standings. On the long walk back from
his guard post, he began to remember the details of this life.
His name was no longer Elrohir, but Eldimir. He attributed this
to the fact that he had seen no horses so far in Doriath. Elladan,
likewise, could no longer be Elladan if the Halfelven race did not exist.
His name here was Eldon. The names of the rest of his family were
the same, though most had been altered slightly to suit the language
of this place: Elroth, Celbrían, Celborn, Galdriel, Galdhon, Dairon.
Dairon, he realised, had married Lúthien in place of Beren. Lúthien
in this history was not half Maia, and had no special destiny. Here
she was simply the daughter of the King who married a minstrel.
When Elrohir reached the gates of Menegroth, the guards bowed and let
him pass, and a page ran ahead down the warmly lamp-lit corridors to announce
his arrival. Elrohir followed behind. The passageways and grand
rooms that flanked them all held a sense of comfortable familiarity, and
as Elrohir passed on his way to his family's private quarters, he could attach
a wispy memory to each place. He and Elladan had once built a blanket
fort under the table in that room. The room to his left was where Dairon
taught him how to play the harp. To his right and down three doors
was where he met Beleg for the first time. Dior held counsel in the
great hall down those steps.
He turned down a narrower side corridor, one with a high vaulted ceiling
and ornate hanging lamps, and paused briefly in front of the door to a the
room he knew was his. But a door further down was open, prompting
him to reconsider. The page must have gone in that door. Someone
would be waiting for him. He continued on ahead and glanced through
the doorway before entering. Inside, the page bowed to a silver-haired
woman seated at a desk. Elrohir cleared his throat, and Celbrían
looked up at him with a broad smile. He grinned back at her.
"Eldimir!" She stood, taking a step forward.
Elrohir ran to her, wrapping his arms around her shoulders as she hugged
his waist. "I missed you, Nani." It had been years since he had
last seen Elladan, but even longer since he had last seen his mother.
She was exactly as he remembered. Her face had not changed, nor the
feel of her embrace. She was the first solidly comforting presence
in the altered history, and Elrohir held her close until she laughed joyfully.
"I suppose this is to make up for four years' worth of lost hugs, is it
not?" she asked.
"Yes," said Elrohir. He gave her one final squeeze before letting
go and stepping back.
Celbrían lifted a hand to her son's cheek. "You look as handsome
as ever," she said, "though a bit on the thin side. I hardly think
they feed you very well out at that wall. I remember thinking the same
thing of Eldon when he first came back on his leave."
"It is hard to feed so many soldiers," Elrohir explained, but Celbrían
wanted no excuses. She took his arm and led him back to the doorway.
"Come with me," she said, "we will find your father and Arwen, and we
can all have supper together, where I can watch and make certain you eat
Elrohir grinned. "You worry too much, Nani."
Celbrían smirked back at him. "What sort of mother would
I be otherwise?"
They met Elroth and Arwen coming down the corridor. The faces of
his father and sister were strange, but not as shocking to Elrohir as Elladan
had been. He had seen them before, in his mind's eye. He recognised
them as family, even if they were a different family from the one he had
previously known. They were still his family.
"Finally you are home!" Arwen cried. She threw her arms around Elrohir's
neck just as Elroth pulled the both of them into a smothering embrace.
"It seems forever since I saw you last!"
"It seems the same for me," said Elrohir.
"It's good to have you home again," said Elroth.
Elrohir nodded. "I am glad to be."
"Are you hungry at all?" asked Arwen. "Supper is all ready; we were
waiting for you."
"Yes, right this way, we will get you something to eat." Celbrían
nudged at his arm, steering him toward a pair of doors at the far end of
"Ought I not change first?" he asked. "I am still wearing my travelling
Celbrían shook her head. "Not a worry. Supper comes
Elrohir had no choice but to let himself be pushed and pulled along to
the doors, which Elroth threw open grandly to mark his arrival. A roaring
cheer came from the small room beyond. Two hundred or more people,
family and courtiers, had crowded around heartily-decked banquet tables to
celebrate Elrohir's return to Menegroth. Even with Elladan's warning,
Elrohir had no need to act surprised and stare in wonder at the sheer number
of guests Dairon had managed to conjure. Some of them he recognised,
but most he did not, though he could not be sure whether that was because
he had not yet remembered them or because he truly was seeing them for the
At the front of the crowd stood Dior himself, clad in Doriath's regal
silver. He nodded warmly to Elrohir, who in turn bowed low.
Then as if on cue, the crowd's noise subsided and Dior began to speak.
"Eldimir, prince of Menegroth and third-son of the King," he said in a
voice both kind and commanding. "Having now completed your required
term of service on the marches, you are relieved of duty by the laws of this
land. Your obligation is met, and you are henceforth free to pursue
the calling most fitting to you, lest only war call you back to arms.
I release you." From the draping sleeve of his mantle he pulled a scroll.
Elrohir took it, to a tremendous cheer from the guests, and kissed the signet
ring on Dior's right hand.
"Thank you, sir."
Dior smiled at him. "Welcome home," he said, his voice dropping
to more familial tones. "Now I think we should eat, before all this
glorious food goes cold."
The King's place was set at the head of the first table, but Elrohir was
free to choose his own seat. He situated himself between his mother
and Dairon. His table filled quickly with family, and the other two
with friends, and still some thirty or so guest were left to stand with plates
in their hands, circulating along the walls. A buzz of happy conversation
filled the room.
Dairon spoke to Elrohir as soon as they were seated. "I suppose
you have not quite made up your mind yet," he said. "But now that you
are past your turn of duty you are entitled to start a full apprenticeship.
You were always a good student, with a mind for music. And if you considered
that... I would be more than happy to take you on."
"Thank you," said Elrohir. "I shall think on it. I have really
not given anything much consideration yet, but I suppose I ought to start."
He had given no consideration, he thought to himself, being entirely unaware
of what would be required of him in this world. Now he was expected
to make a life-altering decision. He needed more time to think, and
to remember. Had he planned anything? What had his goals been?
If Dairon thought him a talented musician, did he have other worthy skills?
Dairon's next words halfway answered that worry for him. "Also,"
Dairon said reluctantly as he pulled three scrolls from the folds of his
cloak, "I have some letters. These arrived for you recently, and I must
admit I am afraid to hand them over, in case they contain offers far more
interesting than mine. This one-" he held up the first scroll; "is
from the lore masters. It seems they have been waiting a very long
time for you to get over with your conscription and are eager for you to
join their ranks. You will want to ignore this second one, from the
palace guard. They send it to everyone in hope that some poor boy will
be foolish enough to subject himself to a life of extreme boredom, standing
at the gates of Menegroth all day. But the third looks very interesting-
all the way from Fainor in Goldarost. Had you considered becoming a
"I... I cannot..." He honestly could not remember. Curiously,
he took the scroll bearing the mark of Fainor, a single star, and turned
it over in his hand. He moved to open it, but a disapproving tut from
his mother cut his action short.
"Stars, Dairon, do not force that upon him now!" said Celbrían.
"Let him eat in peace and enjoy one day at home before he has to decide such
"Of course you are right," said Dairon, deferring to her. He nudged
Elrohir, who stuck the unopened scrolls into his belt. "We shall eat
The meal and subsequent celebration went well, if a bit overlong.
Elrohir found himself being introduced or reintroduced to what seemed like
the entire population of Menegroth and more. The guest list read like
a chapter from one of the history books he had studied in his youth in Imladris.
In the space of an hour, he spoke with Dairon, Lúthien, Elurin, Dior,
Nimloth, Galdhon, Elwing, and one named Orthinel, whom he suspected to be
the history's equivalent to Eärendil, though the man's hair was dark
and he had always heard Eärendil described as golden. By the time
the evening ended, Elrohir was so exhausted he felt as if he could fall
asleep in an instant. But he forced himself to stay awake and alert
as he kissed his mother and father and Arwen goodnight and retreated to his
bedroom. He needed to look at the scrolls.
Dior's scroll was nothing more than an official seal of release, the same
as was given to all conscripts who chose to return to the cities rather than
stay on at the Fence as a warden. The letter from the lore masters
was pompous and overly wordy, and Elrohir only opened the letter from the
palace guard as a matter of respect, even if he chose not to read it.
It was Fainor's letter that interested him most. He edged it open, and
read the elegantly written and sparsely worded script
It has been some time since you were last in Goldarost, but I do not
easily forget such dedication and subtlety of skill as you showed in your
youth. The talent grows otherwise thin in our noble family.
Now having completed your service on the Fence, I trust you are eligible
to be apprenticed. I accept few to my teaching, but if your skills
still hold, I would have you come to my workshop to begin your training as
soon as you may.
It was more of a demand than a question, and Fainor was clearly not one
accustomed to being refused. Elrohir read the letter several times
over. Only on the fourth reading did he realise Fainor's letter, along
with the other three, was written in an alphabet entirely different from
what he previously knew. He scarcely cared. He was holding in
his hands an invitation to study metalcraft with the greatest smith ever
known. The though of it made him light-headed. Not only for the
sake of learning, but also for more selfish, darker reasons.
The new history he had created was so far liveable. The differences
could be shocking, but the longer he faced them, the more comfortable they
became. He could learn to adapt; he was sure of it. But, he had
only lived in his new world for a handful of days. After a longer stretch
of time, what imperfect secrets would he uncover? Elladan had mentioned
balrogs. Dior had spoken of the possibility of war. The possible
dangers in this land were so far unknown, and Elrohir was left with no way
of reversing what he had done should things once again go wrong.
He needed the Ring of Time. On his walk back from the Fence, he
had run over the possibility, however slim, of locating Celebrimbor and
somehow forging another. The thought that Celebrimbor, like Elladan
and Celebrían, might be alive kept his hope burning. He had
so far heard nothing of Celebrimbor, but now the letter from Fainor offered
a very possible new avenue.
And, Elrohir decided, he was going to explore it to whatever end.
Continued in Part 4
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