“Going Ever On” Genre: Everything Eating: PG Time Frame: Everywhere Characters: Everyone Summary: A collection of responses for the 2013 Fifty Sentence Challenge. Disclaimer: Nothing is mine, but for the words. Masterlist of Fandoms January: The Lord of the Rings February: The Hobbit March: April: May: June: July: August: September: October: November: December: Author's Notes: So . . . to start these off, I decided to challenge myself by tackling the fandom that I told myself I would never write for. The beast of canon that The Lord of the Rings boasts of has always had my muse cowering - but, the advent of The Hobbit coming to the big screen meant that I returned to reread Tolkien's marvelous portfolio of writing, and while reading, I finally had the intense urge to write for his work. Also inspiring was laurethiel1138's superb collection of LoTR sentences from the first challenge . . . really, who could read those without also being moved to to add to this world, I ask? That said, these sentences are combination of both the book and the movie 'verse - I gave up trying to keep a fine line between the two early on when writing them. While Peter Jackson's movies are amazing and epic on so many levels, the books will always be foremost in my heart. They are just . . . magical, in a word defined. The title for these sentences as a whole is also a snatch from Bilbo's Walking Song, so credit can now go where credit is due. And, that said, here we go . . . I.“that which was called hope”January || The Lord of the Rings 01. Wall From the high walls of Minas Tirith, the sons of Denethor watched as the fires from Mordor grew in strength and ferocity, and with heavy hearts they knew that their age preperation and idle defense had come to an end. 02. Bridge Leaving the Ring behind for Frodo - burning that bridge of his life - was the hardest thing Bilbo had ever done, but he could feel as every step away from the Shire lifted his spirits, the road before him a long-awaited balm to his soul. 03. Architect What fools, Sauron thought in the guise of 'Annatar' as Celebrimbor and the elven-smiths of Eregion aided him in crafting the sixteen great rings for dwarves and men, unaware that they were ultimately forging the tools of their own destruction. 04. Different Merely hearing Bilbo's stories was quite different from living them, but a couple nasty encounters with Ring-wraiths and a few near-misses with swords were not enough to keep Merry and Pippin from joining Frodo on the next turn of his adventure – no matter what anyone else said. 05. Alike No matter Sam's misgivings, Frodo could not bring himself to hate Gollum – for he saw a reflection of his own fate in the creature's eyes, should the Ring ever swallow his soul completely. 06. Catch Screaming his warcry to the skies of Isengard, Gwaihir the Windlord swept forth to catch his fallen friend – knowing that this was not the first time he had aided the grey Maia in such a way, and hoping that it would not be the last. 07. Tale “And so I sealed my friends tight in the empty wine barrels and waited unseen for the Wood-elves to send them on their way, not knowing if the dwarves would suffocate or drown before they made it to the still waters before Lake-Town . . .” 08. Telling Bilbo relished the look on the young hobbits faces, but he was not blind to the way Frodo's eyes glittered as he told his story, and for a moment, a pain like knowing rose in his throat, making it hard to breathe. 09. Hidden The Ring hid him from all but those he wished to escape, and in the world between worlds the faces of the Nazghûl were all shadow and half-light, nothing but longing and thwarted desire shaping the wraith-realm, a realm which now sought to claim him as its thrall . . . 10. Claim When Frodo bravely stepped forward to take the Ring's destruction on himself, Gandalf closed his eyes, mourning that such a fate should fall to one so honest and unselfish – to one who would be forever changed by his journey's end. 11. Blank Once revered as the strongest of the five Maiar sent to aid Middle-earth, Saruman fell to his own impatience and lust for knowledge; rewriting the pages of his purpose, and staining the white of his soul red as he allied himself with Sauron and the fell forces of Mordor. 12. Empty “You always were empty without a child to hold,” Celebrían whispered in his dreams that first tumultuous night with Estel, filling him with strength and love enough to last him through his waking hours. 13. Full There was nothing better than a warm fire and a full belly whilst in the company of friends, Sam thought – only, the warm fires and full bellies were becoming increasingly few and far between on the long journey to Mordor. 14. Far In the dell of Weathertop, when dark stories of old would not do for the nighttime hours, Strider whispered to his hobbit friends the tale of Lúthien and Beren, a faraway look in his eyes that his companions knew not what to make of. 15. Beyond Oftentimes, Mithrandir and Glorfindel would linger together long into the night, whispering of the worlds beyond their own, and then and only then would the merry look in the Elf-lord's eyes wane as the impossible years of his past life weighed heavily on him. 16. Heal Even after the destruction of the Ruling Ring, the wound he received from the Morgul blade lingered with him as the seasons passed - a physical pain to match the harm Frodo felt in his soul, a sickness of the spirit that no medicine of Middle-earth could ever heal. 17. Steady “I'd like to see you do half as well with an axe, Master-elf!” Gimli protested Legolas' laughter when his latest attempt to steadily aim the Lothlórien bow resulted in an arrow disappearing unseen in the trees. 18. Aid When the fell rider from Mordor offered King Dáin three of the lost dwarvish rings in exchange for the ring of the hobbit Bilbo, Glóin felt an instinctive ire rise in him as he remembered the brave little soul who had aided them in reclaiming their home, and anger for any who thought such bonds so easily sundered. 19. Kinship Boromir felt pride fill him at the way his younger brother carefully watched his footwork, adjusting his own stance mid-stride in order to properly find his center and level a truly debilitating blow against his elder sibling. 20. Falter Of course, that didn't stop the first son of Denethor from sweeping the feet out from under his second when he parried - but there was laughter in both of their eyes as he leaned down to give Faramir a hand up. 21. Heart Éomer was the one to lift his sister onto the horse that first time, hurt growing in his heart for Éowyn's joy – for no matter how well she took to steed and steel, he was determined that she would never see a battle's ferocity, willing as he was to break her heart in order to preserve her soul alive. 22. Soul With Gríma as his thrall, Saruman's white hand reached out to possess King Théoden's mind as his own – much as Gríma wished to possess the soul of Éomund's daughter, her hate even now worn bright and bewitching in her grey eyes as she stood powerless before him . . . 23. Truth As he grew in body and deed, Estel would often appeal to his mother and foster-father for the truth of his name, the truth of his lineage; but both remained silent, their secrets kept as they waited for him to grow into the man who could bear the weight of those secrets. 24. Hope Even so, Gilraen would lean down to kiss her son's forehead whenever she was asked, answering, “You are hope,” in the only way she knew how. 25. Faith The broken shards of Narsil were reforged into the great blade Andúril, and upon closing his hand over the sword's hilt, Aragorn felt renewed strength and vigor fill him - restoring his faith that Isildur's blood could at long last right Isildur's wrongs. 26. Depth From the depths beneath Dwarrowdelf, the Balrog opened his flaming eyes as a dozen long forgotten scents filled his nose (man, elf, dwarf, and Istari prominent over all), each cloaked in the delicious scent of fear as he unfurled his great wings and called out his challenge to the mountain above. 27. Lovely “She must be very lovely,” Éowyn whispered as if speaking around a sword, her heart heavy at the look that invaded Aragorn's eyes - the look of a man whose soul was bound to another's utterly and completely . . . 28. Distract “Very lovely indeed, if she can drive you to such distraction,” Beregond teased his lord when Faramir's faraway gaze finally settled back on him, his cheeks flushing pink as he realized that he had lost himself to daydreams . . . again. 29. Bearing At the Gates of Argonath, under the stony gazes of the great kings of old, Aragorn was seemingly transformed before them – gone was the somber and grey Ranger, and in his place was a man born of kings, cloaked with an inner light and crowned by the shadows of his forefathers above him. 30. Troublesome If this was how poor Sam felt when troubled by the boats, then Gimli had a new found sympathy for the hobbit when he was forced to ride the Rohirrim's accursed 'gift' of a horse alongside Legolas. 31. Weave The final threads of prophesy wove into place as Éowyn, daughter of Éomund, swung her sword against the Witch-King of Angmar, and finally the wraith-lord found his death (and, perhaps, his peace) as the unnatural years of his life came to an end. 32. Fray Finally, when the Ring frayed Frodo's soul past what he could bear, Sam decided that where he could not carry his friend's burden, he could carry Frodo himself - nothing but his love and determination fueling him as he bore the other up the slopes of Mount Doom. 33. Friend A deep pain flared within Treebeard when he learned of Saruman's betrayal, for long had he counted the white Maia as a friend of the trees - a young soul asking his questions and looking for wisdom in the Entwood, rather than a would-be conquer scouting a land for a tactical advantage. 34. Brother “Oh yes, a marvelous time,” Elladan answered, wiping marsh mud from his face as an ecstatic Estel bounded between he and his twin, ready to launch into a lengthy narrative about his first camping trip away from the valley. 35. Comrade Curious, Éomer questioned the odd fellowship before him (a would be king of men, an Elf-prince and a Master-dwarf - who were looking for their lost hobbit friends, at that), all the while wondering how such a friendship could have bloomed so fiercely between such different souls. 36. Spouse Were it not for Celeborn as her love and support, the deep roots to hold up her tall boughs, Galadriel knew she would have faded long ago, pulled under by the weight of her years and the burden of disquiet Nenya, ever whispering on her hand. 37. Child “Already the child kicks with the might of Elendil himself!” Arathorn marveled as he pressed his ear to Gilraen's pregnant belly, a radiant light anointing his face as he reveled in the pre-dawn days of fatherhood. 38. Ever When Aragorn once again departed with Elladan and Elrohir after too short a stay in the valley, Gilraen turned to the Elf-lord at her side and, sorrow filling her, she asked, “Does it ever get easier, watching them go?” 39. Never Smiling sadly, Elrond shook his head and answered, “Never.” 40. Scorn Frowning, Legolas fell into step behind the Marchwarden of Lothlórien, surprised that he had felt . . . anger stir within him when his dwarvish companion was on the receiving end of Haldir's scorn. 41. Betrayal Where his heart had betrayed him with the Ring, Boromir resolved that his sword would not falter as he stood up bravely before the swarm of orcs, determined that the hobbits would not be harmed while there was still breath left in him to defend them. 42. Potency At the wedding feast of Aragorn and Arwen, Galadriel made an innocent remark about the potency of dwarvish brews, and this was how Celeborn found his wife sometime later – with her sleeves pulled back and steadily drinking the ever admiring Gimli and his kin under the table. 43. Limit There was a limit to how much the people of Middle-earth would take, and so, the Army of West stood outside of the Black Gate and challenged Sauron to do battle with them, hoping that their stand would buy the Ring-bearer time enough to destroy the Ruling Ring once and for all. 44. Anchor He quelled the war-song within her, was the best way Éowyn could think to describe her bond with her husband - for in his arms she was anchored like a sword behind a shield, ever to stay through the long years of their life together. 45. Harbor Arwen did not go to the Grey Havens to see her father and grandmother sail, instead she clung close to her husband as she felt her family depart over the sea, reminding herself that this was a love strong and enduring enough to give up all else for. 46. Adrift Under the reign of Aragorn the King Elessar and his Queen Arwen the Evenstar, the once adrift peoples of the Reunited Kingdom stepped forward to take the reigns of Middle-earth, thus starting the glorious and peace filled days of the Fourth Age. 47. Greetings In the spring of their return, Sam crouched over in the gardens as Galadriel's seeds grew to break free from the cradle of the earth, welcoming the new things to grow in a land now free from shadow and oppression. 48. Goodbye Frodo's heart broke as he embraced Sam that last time, but even as his friend's tears wetted his neck, his eyes still managed to turn west over the sea, longing kindled in his heart as he thought of the peace and rest awaiting his soul on the other side. 49. Fleeting “I promise you, Naneth, the waiting time will seem but fleeting in the end,” Celebrían whispered as she walked the white shores with Galadriel - where much her of her mother's first century in Valinor was spent looking east over the sea for the one who had yet to join her. 50. Eternal As Elanor and her siblings became old enough to understand his words, Sam would read to his children the Tale of the Ring, hoping that their story would be remembered through their children and their children's children, never to be forgotten again.