FLICKER #7: CAUGHT IN THE LIGHT
Summary: Elwing’s thoughts before jumping off the cliff in Tol Sirion. 116 words. Written for the 100-Drabbles-Challenge of Edhellond.
Note: Regardless of any other consideration, I’ve always found Elwing’s choice fairly outrageous… a sign that she was under the spell of the Silmaril, just like everyone else.
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All was lost. They have besieged them once again, driven by their terrible Oath, desperate to fulfil it, do be done with it, to be finally free again. They were Kinslayers, murderers of their kind, the bearers of Mandos’ curse.
But was she so much better than them? Her little sons were crying in their room, calling out to a mother who could not – would not – come for them. She would not come, for all she could think of was to bring that cursed jewel that led to all this bloodshed to safety. She was enslaved by it, just like they were. Yet she could not part with it.
Thus she took the only way out.