Five Senses

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Ideas

Misunderstandings

Habits

Trust

Walls

Originals and Copies

Resolutions

Doors

Sacrifice

Sky

Birthdays

Oaths

Brothers

Pain

Anonymity

Waiting

Life and Death

First

Escape

Memories

Creatures

Stones

Knowledge

Directions

Opposites

Circles

Money

Raiment

Sickness

Out of Place

Unexpected Adventure

Endings

Beginnings

Alphabet Story

Weather

Bonds

Betrayal and Forgiveness

No Time

Yes, I do

Mystery

Mmmmmmmm...

Temptation

Shadow

Holidays

Letters

Smile

Magic

Mountains

Dialogue

Weapons

Capture

Smells

Promises

History Repeating Itself

Jewels

Last Words

Seed

Around the Fireside

Moments of Transition

First Meetings

Stars

Languages

Heirlooms

Candles

Stories and Pictures

In the Name of Love

Animals of Middle-earth

Alcohol

Numbers

Music

Colours of Middle-earth

Dreams

Trees

Father and Son

Names

One Voice

Anniversaries

Heart Break

Resolutions

Losers Weepers

Finders Keepers

Devil's Advocate

Falls

Journeys

Five Ingredients - Your Recipe

The Student Surpasses the Teacher

Mothers

Pranks

Return of the Light

Trading Places

The Price of Freedom

Giving Gifts, Receiving Gifts

Bad Habits

Weird Tales

Crossroads

Elven Realms

Competitions

Strange Encounter

Crime and Punishment

"When I Was Your Age...!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Excuses

Leavetaking

Once Upon A Time

Disguises

Healing

Love

Growing Up

Twenty-Four

Dark Places

Friend or Foe

Well-laid Plans

The Sea, The Sea

Good and Evil

The Four Elements

As Time Goes By

Childhood Fears

Whodunit

Me, Myself and I

Skills

Maidens of Middle Earth

Crossing Borders

On Location

Home is Where the Heart is

A Glimpse of the Future

That's a First

Hobbits

Secrets

Unlikely Heroes

The O. C.

Lest we Forget

Proverbs

Choices

Friendship

If I could turn back Time

Wanderlust

First Sentence

Things to be Thankful for

White Lie

Winter Wonderland

Rituals and Festivities

Boo!

Happiness/Unhappiness

Family

Drabbles

What If ...?

One Title: Your Story

A Fairy Tale, Middle-Earth style

Games People Play

Friends in Small Places

Doubts


Pain



Sometimes he became a little
breathless,
in the chaos of the
world.
It would be so easy
to be
forgotten, lost, like so many.
All they saw
as they walked past
was the appearance.
Who had looked beyond that?
One, of course,
but her people saw him as
too young
when his people saw
him as
too old.
What if he began this,
and lost everything?
If he lived not,
he would never see her
again.
Yet if he refused help
that was not looked for,
there would be no world
for the two of them.
If he perished in the game
of lives
would he drop from
history?
But no-
he would gladly give his
life,
he would brave anything
for this quest.

Two gone already,
two of great repute, fallen.
What if-
no.
But what if-
face that when
the time comes.
And no,
it wasn't his fault,
not either time.
No time to dwell
on the if’s.
Of course, what quest
have you?
No ring to bear,
no bearer to bear either.
Oh, but what will
Denethor say?
How he loved his
eldest.
And you must find the hobbits,
poor innocents.
Do not let them die
(or worse, but think not
of that)

Ah, perhaps it is
his turn to
die?
The protector who could
not protect.
A dark night in
the Hornburg,
and a bleak one indeed.
The devices of the
enemy, how fell,
and unknown.
The hours of the night are long
when fighting
host upon host.
Numbers innumerable,
one dead replaced by two
more.
Exhausted, so
exhausted.
Yet it approaches, the dawn.
Yet he is old, and maybe
should just give
in.
Oh see, the King shall
ride,
well, perhaps the
protector has found one to
protect again.
Ride forth! Ride for survival
if naught else.

These paths are black,
he knows what
they mean.
But there must be
simpler ways, no?
Can the path
he is to walk
never be easy?
Must be always be
strong?
Yes.
And he can,
he is sure in himself.
But maybe
not, what if he is weak?
Just for once?
No, he cannot be weak
having his darling’s standard.
It would do her
dishonor.
That would
not do,
no.
He would be
strong, for love.
True love is only a fantasy,
says his mind,
yet it was never true love.
It was more.

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