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The Naked Hill

The First City is being destroyed by Morgoth’s Balrogs. Elmö says his farewells. 99 words.



Starlight on Leaves is a series of drabbles about Oropher’s House. In my little corner of the Tolkienverse, Oropher is the son of Elmö (brother of Elwë and Olwë) and the elder brother of Galadhon, Celeborn’s father. He is also the King of the (hypothetical) First City of Elves, named Kortirion in my stories, which had supposedly stood on the Amon Lanc (Naked Hill) – the same place where much later Dol Guldur was built.


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There was no escape anymore.

The once white walls, now blackened by the unholy heat of the fire demons, were crumbling down, the very hill under them lain bare to the naked rock. What had once glittered in starlight like a jewel, was now soiled with ash, soot and the blood of those who tried to defend it.

Elmö knew that no-one still here would ever make it out. At least Galion had escaped in time, taking the little princes with him to Doriath’s safety.

The King of the First City prepared himself for his last stand.


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