Elven Ranger - Chapter 5 - The Council of Elrond

Eleniel felt rested enough from all the beautiful music last night that she needed no sleep. Instead she spent the night walking through the woods of Rivendell; and before she knew it, it was well into the morning and a bell sounded. Eleniel sped up through the trees to the house; her hair had flown out of its braid. She slowed to a walk as she neared the courtyard where the council was being held. She entered and sat next to Aragorn, "Good morning Estel."

"Ah! Eleniel, I am pleased to see you could make it." Elrond smiled at her then introduced her to the council. "This is Eleniel of Rivendell, and goes forth with the Rangers of the North. Herself she is considered a ranger. Now we just await Gandalf and the hobbits Frodo and Bilbo."

As Elrond finished saying this they appeared around the corner. Frodo spotted Eleniel, walked up to her and took her by the hand. "Lady Eleniel"- he kissed her hand. "Thank you." Eleniel took his hand in both of hers, "I am glad to see that you are well Frodo, I wanted to see how you were last night but I got distracted by all the merry making, and then you had gone off to bed."

"Oh yes, I heard you singing, you have a beautiful voice." Frodo smiled up at her. "Thank you Frodo," Eleniel looked around. "I think we are holding the council up." Frodo gave her a little nod and walked over to his seat beside Bilbo.

"Everyone is here now that should be, so we may begin." Elrond sat down upon his chair; many things were spoken of about many different lands. Elrond listened and gave council he thought seemed good. "There is more to be decided upon than what we have here spoke of so far." Elrond began to tell the council of the history of the Ring of Power from its very beginning, Bilbo continued, and then Frodo up until he arrived at Rivendell. Then Elrond spoke, "Bring forth the Ring Frodo."

Frodo got up from his seat and walked forward slowly and placed a small, plain golden ring on the stool in the middle of the courtyard. He sat back down, there was a hush over the council and everyone's eyes were on the Ring. Eleniel looked at it; it seemed nothing special, but she could sense its power and its pull on those around it, even Eleniel to some degree as well was intrigued by it for a moment. She then took her eyes from the Ring and surveyed those around her, she saw looks of intrigue turn to frowns, it was trying to temp them all and on the most part she guessed it was being utterly rejected.

"It is a gift! Exclaimed the Gondorian man named Boromir. "It is a gift to the foes of Mordor! Why not use this Ring? Long has my father steward of Gondor kept the hosts of Mordor at bay by the blood of OUR people, while your lands kept safe? Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy!"-

"You cannot wield it! None of us can." Interrupted Aragorn. Boromir looked over at Aragorn as if he was nothing. "And what would a ranger know of this matter?"

Eleniel stood up, "He is not just any Ranger! This is Aragorn son of Arathorn, heir to the throne of Gondor."

"This is Isildur's heir?" He seemed shocked and a little amused at the thought of it.

"You owe him your allegiance." Spoke Legolas from behind Boromir, he sat there with an eyebrow raised, and the look on his face showed that he did not much like Boromir.

Boromir turned his face to Eleniel, his face was close, and he was trying to intimidate her. He did not look happy; Eleniel looked at him with her eyes like slits to show she didn't like him. "Gondor has no king." He turned away and sat back down; he shot a look at Aragorn. "Gondor needs no King." Aragorn took Eleniel by the hand and pulled her back down. "Don't start arguments." He whispered to her. "Me?! Oh I suppose so." Eleniel shrugged her shoulders.

Gandalf spoke, "Aragorn is right, we cannot use it." Elrond continued, "There is only one thing to be done, the Ring must be destroyed, it has to be taken deep into Mordor, to the fires of Mount Doom and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came... One of you must do this." There was a silence over the council, each one looking into themselves and knowing that they couldn't accomplish this.

"You do not just simply walk into Mordor, there are things there that do not sleep. It is a barren wasteland riddle with fires and dust, and the very air you breathe is a toxic fume. And the great eye is ever watchful, not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly." Boromir ended his second little speech for the day.

"Ten thousand men would seem a little conspicuous don't you think?" Eleniel looked away from Boromir's scowling face and smiled to herself.

Legolas stood up, "Have you heard nothing Lord Elrond has said? The Ring must be destroyed!" Legolas' patience with Boromir seemed a little worn.

"And I suppose you think you're the one to do it!" Roared Gimili as he jumped up to face Legolas. The elves beside Legolas stood up and the dwarves beside Gimili stood up. They began to argue. Suddenly arguments sprung up everywhere. Eleniel stood there shocked, `I am standing with of a group of morons, and they have all gone mad!' She thought to herself. Eleniel noticed Frodo, he was looking at the Ring, he looked scared. `What are we doing to him?'

Eleniel then whistled as loud as she could, and shouted for attention. "QUIET!" Everyone stopped and looked at her, shocked. "Males! No matter if they are an Elf, man or dwarf they are all the same. This is NOT helping." Eleniel shook her head and sat down. Then they heard a voice, it was Frodo.

"I will take it; I will take the Ring to Mordor." Everyone stared at the little hobbit, they were shocked but on the most part relieved. "So be it," answered Elrond. "I hoped for this, but dared not ask it." Then out of the bushes ran Sam. "Hey! He ain't goin anywhere without me!"

"No indeed it is hard to separate you two even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not." Sam blushed and looked down. Elrond smiled, "Well here is the Ring-bearer and his companion. There is more to decide, but that will be done later. It is lunch, go and eat." The council broke up and left the courtyard when Elrond had finished talking.

"Well you certainly made a scene Eleniel." Aragorn laughed, and then walked off to go and find someone. Probably Arwen.

Lord Elrond said that there would be nine companions all up, to rival the Nine Riders. Five had been chosen so far; Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimili, and Boromir. Elrond was to name two more of his household to accompany the Fellowship. Eleniel was in a room with the four hobbits, Gandalf and Elrond when this was being discussed.

"I will choose two good and strong elves of my household to accompany the ring-bearer as far as they will go." Then he turned to Eleniel, her stomach lurched and it wasn't altogether bad. "Eleniel-,"

"If you ask it of me I will go." She interrupted, knowing he was going to ask her. "But are you sure I can do this?" Then Merry and Pippin jumped up, "What about us?!" Shouted Merry. "Yea, we aren't going to be left behind." Argued Pippin.

"No little hobbits, I feel you will be needed back in the Shire." Answered Elrond gravely.

"You'll have to tie us up in a sack to stop us!" Urged Pippin. Gandalf then sat up, "Maybe they should go, I cannot see it to be to fatal to the quest. They might be of some help."

Elrond shook his head, "You are wise Gandalf, as you wish." Then he turned to Eleniel, but she spoke first. "Well there we have it; The Fellowship of the Ring is complete. I think I will have other business to come anyway. I did not believe I was apart of this."

Elrond nodded his head, "I was not sure, but you are strong and I believed you would have done well." Elrond left and then after a while Eleniel left as well. She wandered around, `this is all so strange, the poor little hobbits. I hope the fellowship fares well. But Merry and Pippin are so young; I should be there in their place. But it is not so, and I accept that.' Many more thoughts went through her head as she walked, then all of a sudden she was on the ground. "Oww! What the-?" Eleniel looked about and saw Legolas the Prince of Mirkwood, on the ground as well rubbing his head. "Oh I am sorry." Eleniel said trying not to laugh. He looked up and smiled, "No harm done, well not to much." He got up and put his hand out to help her up. Eleniel took his hand and he lifted her to her feet. "Thank you. I'm sorry I wasn't watching where I was going." He laughed, "well either was I so we were bound to get ourselves hurt. Now what is so heavy on your mind Lady Eleniel that you walk about blind?" Legolas said this with a great big smile, `he looks at me strange' she thought to herself.

She pushed her thoughts away and smiled, "The fellowship, the two young hobbits Merry and Pippin are the last two." He cocked an eyebrow, "Really, I hadn't heard that." She shook her head, "no you wouldn't have, and it was only just decided. I should be there in their place, I am worried for them."

"Your company would have been gladly welcome, but do not worry for them. Myself, Aragorn and Boromir are warriors, they will be safe. And we have Mithrandir, who could not feel content?" But his eyes belied him.

"How can you feel content in these days? You can't, and you know it, I can see it in your eyes. All hope is hanging on a thread and it might break and all will fall to darkness. Tis dangerous days and anything might happen. But I still do have hope though my words are dark." Eleniel fell silent.

"Yes. There is still hope." He looked at her, a little troubled then he smiled. "And I will see you again when this is all over, I am sure." Legolas took her hand and kissed it, she smiled. "And maybe, even before it is all over. I hardly think I will have nothing to do with it all." She added. He gave her a little nod and then took her leave and disappeared into the woods of Rivendell.

Eleniel turned around and Elladan had appeared, he walked up to her. "Eleniel!" He said with a smile, "Oh good, I found you. What did the prince want?" He asked.

"Want?" Eleniel laughed, "I don't think he wanted anything. We just bumped into each other and were talking." He just shrugged his shoulders. "Well I just came to find you to say that if you, Elrohir and I are taking news to Lorien of the fellowship in two days."

"Lothlorien! I have always said I would go there one day." This was excellent; she had heard how beautiful that land was. Elladan smiled at her, "Many elves do, and it is amazingly beautiful there. I am glad to go back there again for a little while."

"But, may I ask why I am needed. Surely you and Elrohir will be fine by yourselves." Eleniel looked away, and found a tree near-by very interesting. Elladan moved in front of her gaze and looked at her, he smiled. "Eleniel with us three traveling together, we will be fine. We are all strong, and could not come to much harm. It would be folly to go in small company these days. And your company is very welcome."

"Good. I have to wait a whole two days!" Elladan laughed, "Yes Eleniel. I don't know why. But you will just have to be patient." He patted her on the shoulder as if she were a child. But she was only a year or two younger than him. She shook her head and chuckled, "you have always thought I was a child compared to yourself." He shook his head, "never, I'm just being acting. I know you are a grown woman, and would put me to the test if we ever fought." He smiled, "so I hope that never happens."

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