Aragorn wants nothing more than to get back home
to the West, but a sight he did not expect to see causes a detour.
Rated PG13 for some scary elements, though this
is by no means a horror story.
Note: There’s much ambiguity and debate about
the fate of Cuiviénen and its location, as well as the location of
the Orocarni, or Red Mountains. For the purposes of this story, I’m
using the maps in Karen Wynn Fonstad’s The Atlas of Middle-earth, which
place the Orocarni and the Wild Wood east of the Sea of Rhûn, north
and east of Mordor.
Many thanks to my betas-to-be-named-later, without
whose expertise and encouragement this story would have remained nothing
more than a wild idea. Many thanks to the good Professor Tolkien for
giving us such a lovely playground.