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The Easterling's Wife

Summary: Aerin’s thoughts after Túrin had slain her husband, Brodda. Told from the beholder’s perspective, not from her own. 105 words.

Author’s note: J.E.A. Tyler assumed that Aerin was slain by the enraged Easterlings after Brodda’s death. I adopted the theory for this drabble.


Túrin fled in the night, driven by rage and sorrow, leaving Aerin behind with the bloody corpse of her husband. He had had his vengeance, and she was now utterly alone.

Brodda had been a harsh man, enemy of the Edain, willing ally of Morgoth. But she had found a purpose in his house, helping her own people – Túrin and his mother among them.

She had never loved him, nor the children he had sired, but now she had no-one left.

She heard the uproar from the outside and knew they were coming. She rose and opened the door, welcoming the first strike.


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