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"[I]t is for mercy upon Men and their deliverance from Sauron the Deceiver that I would plead [to Manwë]" – Amandil, "Akallabêth," The Silmarillion, 340.


Thirty days have storms raged o'er Númenor. Judgment threatens, and Nienna's sorrows swell the seas.

Thus she finds him and three servants upon the ocean, looking towards forbidden sunset. Ban-breakers – abandoned to death and despair.

Yet rebels are her ministry. She gathers their prayers, sifts hearts, and finds – O wondrous! – Men faithful to her cause.

Nienna's gifts come strangely guised to Children. She cannot halt death, but its sting she eases, sending them well-blessed and gently to Námo.

But despair she'll deny: on the fortieth day, she'll speed nine dear ships to Middle-earth on a floodcrest of tears.


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