Watcher of the Stars by the Sea - part 17

Gildor recovered completely. Eventually word came to Brithombar that Nargothrond had fallen. Erenion took command of the remaining Elves and Men who could still fight. The havens were eventually destroyed and the survivors fled to the Isle of Balar. Many died in the flight to the island, including Lerone.

"Is there any hope of victory?" Tiriel asked.

"It may take a plea to the Valar to ensure peace and victory," said Gildor, "I have heard that a messenger has gone to Turgon on behalf of Ulmo."

"That is possible," said a very thoughtful Cirdan.

A few years later, refugees arrived at the mouth of the Sirion. Galadriel, Celeborn, Maren and Finnel were among them. Beleg was nowhere to be seen. Galadriel and Maren came to Balar, but Celeborn and Finnel remained at Sirion.

"Tiriel!" shouted Maren.

"Maren! Galadriel! Are you alright?"

"Yes, we're fine. How are you?" asked Galadriel.

"Fine. Where is Beleg?"

"He is dead. Doriath has fallen; the sons of Feanor came seeking the Silmaril," said Galadriel as she told them exactly what had happened at Doriath.

"So Elwing survived?"asked Tiriel.

"Amazing," said Cirdan.

"That is horrible," said Gildor.

"Why didn't Celeborn and Finnel come," asked Tiriel.

"They chose to stay and help Elwing," said Galadriel.

Tiriel was reunited with all her old friends. All the major Elven realms had fallen, except Gondolin. But Gondolin did fall. Its refugees also went to Sirion. Tiriel became friends with Tuor, Idril, Earendil and Elwing. Tuor and Idril went to Valinor, but they never returned. Earendil and Elwing also went to Valinor, but there was a sign that they had succeeded in their plea for help. One day they felt the ground shake-the War of Wrath had begun. The Valar had come. Earendil rose in the sky and hope rose in the hearts of all. Morgoth was captured and imprisoned behind the Door of Night. After the battle was won, the remaining Elves were given the choice to stay or go to Valinor.

"I will remain until the last ship leaves," said Cirdan.

Tiriel, Gildor, Galadriel, Celeborn, Erenion, Maren and Finnel all chose to remain. Men from the Three Houses went to the Isle of Númenor. The first Númenorean king was Elros, one of the sons of Earendil and Elwing. Elros' twin brother, Elrond, became Erenion's herald and became good friends with Tiriel. Galadriel and Celeborn had been married in Doriath before it fell. Tiriel and Gildor were married after the War of Wrath ended and the world was changed. Erenion became High King of the Noldor and founded the realm of Lindon. Cirdan established the Havens of Mithlond.

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